McKinney Fire Kills Thousands of Fish

Flash floods last week pushed burned soil, rocks and downed timber into the river, killing off, according to local tribal leaders, thousands of fish.

#california, #deaths-fatalities, #fires-and-firefighters, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #floods, #klamath-national-forest-calif, #klamath-river, #oregon, #water-pollution, #wildfires

This Mining Law Is 150 Years Old. We Really Need to Modernize It.

Taxpayers and the environment have been the losers.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #appalachian-region, #coal, #colorado-river, #land-use-policies, #law-and-legislation, #mines-and-mining, #montana, #reclamation-of-land, #rivers, #royalties, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #senate, #trout, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water-pollution

Utah’s ‘Environmental Nuclear Bomb’

As the Great Salt Lake dries up, toxic dust threatens to poison the air in one of the United States’ fastest-growing metro areas.

#audio-neutral-informative, #global-warming, #great-salt-lake-utah, #salt-lake-city-utah, #urban-areas, #utah, #water-pollution

How to Protect Bristol Bay’s Salmon for the Long Haul

E.P.A. action, legislation and land conservation together can permanently protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay, the salmon and a way of life.

#alaska, #bristol-bay-alaska, #clean-water-act, #environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #fishing-commercial, #iliamna-lake-alaska, #land-use-policies, #law-and-legislation, #mines-and-mining, #northern-dynasty-minerals-ltd, #pebble-mine-bristol-bay-alaska, #salmon, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

Duke Riley: Grand Master Trash

The audacious artist transforms seaborne plastics into maritime art at the Brooklyn Museum, driving home his message about their devastating environmental impact.

#art, #brooklyn-nyc, #brooklyn-museum-of-art, #content-type-personal-profile, #fly-by-night-exhibit, #museums, #plastics, #riley-duke, #sculpture, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

Saving a Texan Bayou, ‘16 Bottles’ at a Time

Bayou Dave, a modern-day Sisyphus, has spent the last dozen years ridding a trash-choked Houston waterway of plastic and Styrofoam.

#global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #gulf-of-mexico, #houston-tex, #plastic-bottles, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

The Supreme Court May Rein In Efforts to Protect the Climate

The court’s conservative majority seems intent on pursuing an agenda that would limit the government’s ability to shield the planet.

#barrett-amy-coney, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #clean-water-act, #conservatism-us-politics, #environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #global-warming, #gorsuch-neil-m, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #intergovernmental-panel-on-climate-change, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #obama-barack, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #roberts-john-g-jr, #supreme-court-us, #united-states, #water-pollution

E.P.A. to Block Pebble Mine Project in Alaska

The E.P.A. said it would ban the disposal of mining waste in the Bristol Bay watershed, a decision that very likely means the end of the Pebble Mine project.

#alaska-natives, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bristol-bay-alaska, #clean-water-act, #copper-brass-and-bronze, #environmental-protection-agency, #fishing-commercial, #gold, #mines-and-mining, #pebble-limited-partnership, #pebble-mine-bristol-bay-alaska, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #salmon, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

Justice Dept. Tries to Shift Environmental Justice Efforts From Symbolic to Substantive

The agency has announced a series of policies intended to elevate those efforts, including the creation of an office meant to address the “harm caused by environmental crime, pollution and climate change.”

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #environmental-protection-agency, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #garland-merrick-b, #gupta-vanita, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #justice-department, #lowndes-county-ala, #regan-michael-s-1976, #water-pollution, #white-house-council-on-environmental-quality

On an Endangered River, Another Toxic Disaster Is Waiting to Happen

Waste from coal plants is threatening the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, which the biologist E.O. Wilson called “arguably the biologically richest place” in the nation.

#alabama, #coal, #environment, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #hydroelectric-power, #mobile-ala, #rivers, #southern-states-us, #water-pollution

The Ocean’s Biggest Garbage Pile Is Full of Floating Life

Researchers found that small sea creatures exist in equal number with pieces of plastic in parts of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which could have implications for cleaning up ocean pollution.

#biorxiv, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #ocean-cleanup-foundation, #oceans-and-seas, #pacific-ocean, #plastics, #research, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution, #your-feed-science

Why the Debate Over Russian Uranium Worries U.S. Tribal Nations

If imports end because of the war, American companies may look to increase domestic mining, which has a toxic history on Indigenous lands.

#barrasso-john, #cuellar-henry, #grand-canyon-ariz, #grand-canyon-trust, #mines-and-mining, #nuclear-energy, #uranium, #water-pollution

Descending Into Florida’s Underwater Caves

The world’s densest collection of freshwater springs is at the center of a slow-motion environmental tragedy.

#agriculture-and-farming, #algae, #aquifers, #diving-and-divers, #floods, #florida, #global-warming, #manatees, #population, #rivers, #travel-and-vacations, #water, #water-pollution

Trying Everything, Even Lettuce, to Save Florida’s Beloved Manatees

Pollution has killed the sea grass that manatees feed on, and they are starving to death in large numbers. Extraordinary intervention may not be enough to protect them.

#endangered-and-extinct-species, #florida, #manatees, #water-pollution

In the Ocean, It’s Snowing Microplastics

Tiny bits of plastic have infiltrated the deep sea’s main food source and could alter the ocean’s role in one of Earth’s ancient cooling processes, scientists say.

#carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #global-warming, #microbiology, #monterey-bay-calif, #oceans-and-seas, #plastics, #squid, #water-pollution, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Pentagon Will Close Hawaii Fuel Depot That Leaked Petroleum

A November leak at the fuel-storage facility contaminated drinking water, forcing more than 3,000 military families to leave their homes for temporary accommodation.

#defense-department, #pearl-harbor-hawaii, #united-states-navy, #water-pollution

Maggy Hurchalla, Formidable Florida Environmentalist, Dies at 81

She fought to protect the wilderness she loved, tangling with developers. One case led to a $4.4 million judgment against her.

#conservation-of-resources, #deaths-obituaries, #environment, #everglades-fla, #florida, #hurchalla-maggy, #reno-janet, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #water-pollution, #wetlands

Harris Says Replacing Lead Pipes Is a Priority, Despite Limited Funding

Some civil rights leaders have grown frustrated with the lack of action behind administration proposals that would help Black and Latino communities.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #harris-kamala-d, #infrastructure-public-works, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #lead, #newark-nj, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water-pollution

E.P.A. Chief Vows to ‘Do Better’ to Protect Poor Communities From Environmental Harm

The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday will announce stepped-up enforcement and monitoring to help disadvantaged communities struggling with polluted air and water.

#air-pollution, #environmental-protection-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #houston-tex, #jackson-miss, #louisiana, #pollution, #regan-michael-s-1976, #water-pollution

This ‘Plastic Man’ Has a Cape and a Superhero’s Mission: Cleaning Up Senegal

Dressed head to toe in plastic, Modou Fall is a familiar sight in Dakar. But however playful his costume, his goal couldn’t be more serious: ridding the capital of the scourge of plastic bags.

#content-type-personal-profile, #dakar-senegal, #fall-modou, #plastic-bags, #plastic-bottles, #plastics, #senegal, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

Ash From Tonga Volcanic Eruption Still Poses a Threat

Ash from a volcanic eruption in the South Pacific nation presents risks to drinking water and air quality, experts say. Quantifying them in real time is a challenge.

#air-pollution, #humanitarian-aid, #new-zealand, #tonga, #volcanoes, #water-pollution

Israeli Artist Turns Plastic Pollution Into ‘Earth Poetica’

In Beverly Barkat’s quest to connect people with nature, she found that environmental waste could be a powerful medium.

#art, #barkat-nir, #beverly-barkat, #content-type-personal-profile, #israel, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #plastics, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

Road Salt Works. But It’s Also Bad for the Environment.

The chemical is effective at keeping roads free of snow and ice, but it also has damaging consequences, according to a growing body of research.

#environment, #frontiers-in-ecology-and-the-environment-journal, #ice, #institute-of-ecosystem-studies, #lakes, #roads-and-traffic, #salt, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #water, #water-pollution

Beaches Closed After 7 Million Gallons of Sewage Spill in Los Angeles County

Officials contained the spill on Friday but were still working to repair a sewer main that collapsed, leading to the release of untreated sewage into the Dominguez Channel.

#beaches, #dominguez-channel-calif, #environment, #hahn-janice-k, #los-angeles-calif, #sewers-and-sewage, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

As Miners Chase Clean-Energy Minerals, Tribes Fear a Repeat of the Past

Mining the minerals that may be needed for a green energy revolution could devastate tribal lands. The Biden administration will be forced to choose.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #batteries, #environment, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #idaho, #mines-and-mining, #native-americans, #nez-perce-indians, #rivers, #salmon, #treaties, #water-pollution

Canada and Indigenous People Settle Over Drinking Water

A court-approved settlement will compensate Indigenous people for the decades that many have lived with dirty water, and will also fund the clean up.

#canada, #compensation-for-damages-law, #indigenous-people, #reparations, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trudeau-justin, #water, #water-pollution

India’s Modi Brings Tap Water to Millions as Supplies Shrink

The ambitious project to meet a dire need shows Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s strengths and helps explain his popularity despite a weakened economy.

#conservation-of-resources, #drought, #india, #levees-and-dams, #madhya-pradesh-india, #modi-narendra, #politics-and-government, #rural-areas, #shortages, #water, #water-pollution, #wells

Biden Administration Promises Stricter Regulation of Lead in Drinking Water

The administration says it aims to replace all of the lead pipes and service lines in the country, an effort that could cost up to $60 billion.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #environmental-protection-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #lead, #natural-resources-defense-council, #regan-michael-s-1976, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #water-pollution

In Hawaii, Fears Grow Over Unsafe Levels of Petroleum in Drinking Water

State health officials warned residents at a military base near Pearl Harbor to avoid using the water after the Navy found petroleum in samples taken from one of its wells.

#del-toro, #environmental-protection-agency, #hawaii, #ige-david, #military-bases-and-installations, #oahu-hawaii, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #schatz-brian, #water, #water-pollution

11 Million New Oysters in New York Harbor (But None for You to Eat)

The oysters, which act as nonstop water filters, were added to the Hudson River as part of an ongoing project to rehabilitate the polluted waterways around the city.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #environment, #environmental-conservation-department-nys, #hudson-river-park-manhattan-ny, #hudson-river-park-trust, #new-york-harbor, #oysters, #pier-40-manhattan-ny, #the-river-project, #tribeca-manhattan-ny, #water-pollution

Manatees, Facing a Crisis, Will Get a Bit of Help: Extra Feeding

In a first, wildlife officials have decided to provide food for the mammals, which have suffered catastrophic losses over the last year.

#agriculture-and-farming, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #florida, #manatees, #water-pollution, #wildlife-die-offs

Warehouse Fire Was Source of ‘Putrid’ Odor in California

The fire, in Carson, Calif., on Sept. 30, consumed beauty and wellness products and sent chemicals into a nearby waterway, the authorities said. Thousands complained about the stench.

#air-pollution, #carson-calif, #fires-and-firefighters, #los-angeles-county-calif, #pollution, #prologis-inc, #smells-and-odors, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #water-pollution, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Biden Says His Infrastructure Law Is a ‘Big Deal.’ How Big?

$550 billion for new spending is big, but many say America’s infrastructure needs are even bigger.

#airports, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #computers-and-the-internet, #debatable, #infrastructure-public-works, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #lead, #railroads, #water, #water-pollution

Cities Are Not Only Tackling Covid, But Its Pollution, Too

All around the world the remnants of a global pandemic are testing the resolve of governments and private firms to rid the planet of its waste.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #california, #cape-town-south-africa, #chile, #citiesfortomorrow, #coquimbo-chile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #environment, #gloves, #hong-kong, #houston-tex, #johannesburg-south-africa, #la-jolla-calif, #london-england, #naturalis-biodiversity-center-leiden-netherlands, #netherlands, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #river-thames-england, #rivers, #sewers-and-sewage, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

Landslides and Torrential Rains Batter British Columbia

Dozens of drivers were trapped by landslides, and the city of Merritt warned of a “mass sewage backup.” The rainfall was part of a system that also pummeled Washington State.

#british-columbia-canada, #floods, #landslides-and-mudslides, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #rain, #roads-and-traffic, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #washington-state, #water-pollution

On Delhi’s Toxic River, Prayers to a Sun Struggling to Shine Through Smog

Every year, a four-day festival to the sun god Surya highlights the Indian city’s extreme air and water pollution, with a river so filled with foam it resembles a blizzard’s aftermath.

#fasting, #festivals, #india, #new-delhi-india, #sewers-and-sewage, #water-pollution, #yamuna-river-india

A Trash Can From Myrtle Beach Washed Up in Ireland

“It reminded me straight away of maybe like a message in a bottle type scenario,” said Keith McGreal, who discovered the bin on Sunday afternoon while strolling on a beach with his family.

#beaches, #county-mayo-ireland, #ireland, #myrtle-beach-sc, #oceans-and-seas, #water-pollution

‘Shell Game’: How Chemical Companies Avoid Paying for Pollution

DuPont factories pumped dangerous substances into the environment. The company and its offspring have gone to great lengths to dodge responsibility.

#3m-company, #air-pollution, #cancer, #cape-fear-river-north-carolina, #chemicals, #chemours-company, #conflicts-of-interest, #dupont-co, #environmental-protection-agency, #factories-and-manufacturing, #fayetteville-nc, #fayetteville-works, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #kullman-ellen-j, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #peltz-nelson, #pfas-per-and-polyfluoroalkyl-substances, #regan-michael-s-1976, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #water-pollution

Biden Administration Plans New Regulations for Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’

Michael Regan, the E.P.A. administrator, wants to limit a class of chemicals that has been linked to cancer and is found in everything from drinking water to furniture.

#american-chemistry-council, #chemicals, #chemours-company, #environmental-protection-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #north-carolina, #regan-michael-s-1976, #water-pollution

How a Stunning Lagoon in Spain Turned Into ‘Green Soup’

Tons of dead fish have washed ashore in recent years from the Mar Menor, a once-crystalline lagoon on the Mediterranean coast that has become choked with algae. Farm pollution is mostly blamed.

#agriculture-and-farming, #fertilizer, #mediterranean-sea, #politics-and-government, #spain, #water-pollution, #wildlife-die-offs

Another Michigan Water Crisis Underscores Infrastructure Woes

The crises in Benton Harbor and Flint expose broader failures as a congressional push to address the country’s troubled water system stalls.

#benton-harbor-mich, #black-people, #flint-mich, #infrastructure-public-works, #lead, #natural-resources-defense-council, #shortages, #water, #water-pollution, #whitmer-gretchen

Oyster Shoreline at ‘Greater New York’ Has a Pearl of a Message

Alan Michelson, a Mohawk artist, explores long-ignored aspects of American history and exploitation of Indigenous landscapes. His work at MoMA PS1 fuses modern media and Native song.

#art, #canada, #colonization, #content-type-personal-profile, #greater-new-york-exhibit, #katrib-ruba, #michelson-alan-1953, #moma-ps1, #native-americans, #newtown-creek-brooklyn-queens-ny, #oysters, #water-pollution

California Oil Spill Closes Beaches and Renews Call for Drilling Ban

A pipeline transporting oil from offshore platforms spilled at least 126,000 gallons of oil in Southern California, the state’s largest such leak since 2015.

#amplify-energy-corp, #beta-offshore, #offshore-drilling-and-exploration, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #oil-spills, #orange-county-calif-oil-spill-2021, #pipelines, #water-pollution, #wetlands

This Fjord Shows Even Small Populations Create Giant Microfiber Pollution

Researchers found that one tiny Arctic village’s unfiltered sewage produces as much microplastic as the treated waste of more than a million people.

#arctic-regions, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #longyearbyen-norway, #norway, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #research, #sewers-and-sewage, #svalbard-and-jan-mayen-norway, #textiles, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution, #your-feed-science

In a Pennsylvania Town, Tainted Water Was Only the Beginning

In a Pennsylvania town, fracking, contamination and a community unbound.

#hydraulic-fracturing, #lycoming-county-pa, #methane, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pennsylvania, #water-pollution

Waste From Mine in Angola Kills 12 Downstream in Congo, Minister Says

Toxic metals from Angola’s largest diamond mine spilled into the Kasai River in July, sickening thousands and causing an “environmental catastrophe,” researchers said.

#alrosa, #angola, #catoca, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #diamonds, #mines-and-mining, #water-pollution

Federal Judge Strikes Down Trump Rule Governing Water Pollution

The rule allowed fertilizers, pesticides and industrial chemicals to flow into small streams, marshes and wetlands. The judge warned of environmental harm.

#clean-water-act, #environmental-protection-agency, #trump-donald-j, #water-pollution

When Environmental Racism Puts Feces in Your Sink

Mount Vernon is one of scores of cities around the country with an outdated or overtaxed sewage system.

#black-people, #discrimination, #environment, #infrastructure-public-works, #sewers-and-sewage, #water-pollution

Is the Party Over for New York’s Outlaw Houseboats?

Newtown Creek, a polluted waterway, is set to be dredged, meaning the end of an era for the adventurous community it inspired.

#boats-and-boating, #department-of-small-business-services-nyc, #environmental-protection-agency, #exxon-mobil-corp, #gentrification, #gowanus-canal-brooklyn-ny, #newtown-creek-brooklyn-queens-ny, #superfund, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

How to Fight the Poison of Environmental Racism

The defeat of the Byhalia Connection pipeline was a rare victory against environmental racism.

#air-pollution, #black-people, #discrimination, #environment, #memphis-tenn, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pipelines, #race-and-ethnicity, #water-pollution