Water quality

Contaminants taint some NE Ohio water, but EPA says safe to drink.

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 10:00
Potentially carcinogenic byproducts from improperly treated drinking water were found in three Northeast Ohio water systems in 2014-2015, according to a new report by an environmental research group.

Pollution: Air and water pollution are Killing millions of Americans.

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 10:00
In one of the most extensive reports of its kind, environmental health experts have estimated that nine million premature deaths worldwide - 16% of all deaths - were linked to pollution in 2015, with the majority of deaths coming from air pollution.

Puerto Rico's environmental catastrophe.

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00
Hurricane Maria has exposed and intensified the island’s ecological crisis and its human consequences. Can it build a sustainable future?

The Guardian view on plastic: learning to love it wisely.

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:00
Our love for plastic is all-consuming. This is not a health relationship: we rely on it too much and value it too little, regarding it as cheap and disposable.

The hunt for the brain-eating amoebas of Yellowstone.

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:00
It was a lovely September day in Yellowstone’s Boiling River and although no one here has ever fallen victim to Naegleria fowleri, signs posted onshore warn swimmers: This thing can ruin your day, and most likely your life.

Artificial sweeteners are being used to detect polluted water.

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:00
Low-cal additives are finding a place in pollution control — even as scientists dig into whether they are pollutants in their own right.

Cleanup from California fires poses environmental and health risks.

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:00
In California, the road ahead to cleanup and the safe return to properties will probably not be smooth or fast. Think of the environmental cleanup after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, in New York, as debris and dust swirled through Lower Manhattan.

Puerto Rican families draw water from Superfund site.

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:00
Past water tests at the site have shown the presence of potentially harmful industrial solvents.

Dams hurt indigenous and fishing communities in Brazilian Amazon.

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:00
The change in the natural flow of the Teles Pires river is reducing fish catches, which native people living in the lower stretch of the basin depend on as their main source of protein.

Are flatulent shellfish really contributing to climate change?

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:00
Scientists investigating marine life in the Baltic Sea have found mussels, oysters and clams are emitting greenhouse gases - but cows still trump them.

State’s own evidence shows tunnels project will harm fish.

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:00
The Brown administration is denying scientific evidence when it comes to the impact that the proposed Delta tunnels project would have on endangered species and fisheries, says scientist Jonathan Rosenfield of The Bay Institute.

It's time to clean up Lunenburg Harbour.

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 10:00
Come on, you governments of Canada, Nova Scotia and Lunenburg. It’s time you started acting together to seriously deal with what the noses of residents and the bacteria counts of scientists have been telling us this summer about Lunenburg Harbour.

Don’t consign poor countries to wild storms and flooding.

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 10:00
Wealthy nations caused the problem but are not doing enough to solve it.

Worrying new research finds that the ocean is cutting through a key Antarctic ice shelf.

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 10:00
The Dotson ice shelf holds back two large glaciers and connects to the larger West Antarctic ice sheet.

How the 1% are preparing for the apocalypse.

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 10:00
The threat of global annihilation may feel as present as it did during the Cold War, but today's high-security shelters could not be more different from their 20th-century counterparts.

Beyond biodiversity: A new way of looking at how species interconnect.

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 10:00
In a development that has important implications for conservation, scientists are increasingly focusing not just on what species are present in an ecosystem, but on the roles that certain key species play in shaping their environment.

Human success at the expense of other species is “a pretty awful legacy.”

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 10:00
Author Elizabeth Kolbert challenges us to see human history through the eyes of other animals.

Black sea clams 'giving off as much gas as 20,000 cows.'

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 10:00
Scientists have found clams and worms in the Baltic Sea are giving off as much gas as 20,000 dairy cows.

Why Southern Nevada is fighting to build a 250-mile water pipeline.

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 10:00
Decades after it was first proposed, Southern Nevada Water Authority is still pushing for a pipeline to send rural groundwater to the Las Vegas area. But others are questioning whether the project is really needed.

Minnesota has 2,669 troubled bodies of water, draft list says.

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 10:00
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is proposing to add more lakes and streams to the state's list of impaired waters.