Even after the Flint scandal reawakened the nation to the dangers posed by lead drinking water pipes, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency appears to be in no rush to strengthen federal health standards. Circle of Blue.
Little remains of the former George Air Force Base but rows of dilapidated houses, a dismantled military hospital and dangerous chemicals from pesticides, jet fuels and other hazardous wastes that have poisoned the water for decades. News21.
National parks put a ban on bottled water to ease pollution. Trump just sided with the lobby that fought it.
The Trump administration has ended a six-year-old ban on selling bottled water at some national parks that was aimed at easing plastic pollution and the huge amount of waste being recycled. Washington Post.
New research published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology confirms that women of color are being exposed to higher levels of beauty-product-derived chemicals like mercury, steroids and hormone-disruptors than white women, most likely because of racist beauty ideals. Elle.
A new study shows that renewables, particularly solar and wind energy, have significantly improved air quality in the United States from 2007 to 2015. The increased use of solar and wind resulted in thousands of lives saved. Futurism.
Newly released government email communications show a persistent effort by multiple officials within the Environmental Protection Agency to slow a separate federal agency’s safety review of Monsanto’s top-selling herbicide. HuffPost.
Federal, state and local agencies are among those looking into Chemours. Wilmington Star-News, North Carolina.
The ocean has lost 2 percent of its oxygen in just 50 years. Now scientists have for the first time measured a devastating loss of oxygen in ancient oceans, which could help them quantify future losses. Oceans Deeply.
Pennsylvania’s Environmental Quality Board accepted a request to look at whether to set a health limit for the toxic chemical PFOA in drinking water, the board’s first such decision in its more than 40-year history. StateImpact Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania.
Since February of this year, the Energy Transfer Partners LP pipeline has racked up more environmental violations than other major interstate natural gas pipelines built in the last two years. Bloomberg News.
Science, schmience. Now the elitists want us to buy glasses. Daily Climate.
Scientists warn of new threats to the ozone layer, including widespread use of ozone-eating chemicals not covered by the treaty. Yale Environment 360.
The Tagus river, the longest in the Iberian peninsula, is in danger of drying up completely as Spain once again finds itself in the grip of drought. The Guardian.
As many as 63 million people – nearly a fifth of the country – were exposed to potentially unsafe water more than once during the past decade, according to a News21 investigation of 680,000 water quality and monitoring violations from the Environmental Protection Agency. News21.
It has been more than a year since Mayor Anthony Copeland informed more than 1,000 West Calumet Housing Complex residents it was in their "best interest to temporarily relocate" because of contaminated soil. Northwest Indiana Times, Indiana.
The sperm count of men in Western countries has been declining precipitously with no signs of “leveling off,” according to new research. New York Times.
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Research suggests chemicals in the environment might help breast cancer grow. US News & World Report.
The Environmental Protection Agency says it plans to scrap an Obama-era measure limiting water pollution from coal-fired power plants. Associated Press.
A biologist traced mercury from a company spill to contamination in songbirds, and devised a new way to hold polluters financially accountable. Audubon Magazine.