Biden Administration to Restore Clean-Water Protections Ended by Trump

The Environmental Protection Agency announced it would repeal a Trump-era rule that weakened pollution controls for wetlands and streams.

#agriculture-and-farming, #clean-water-act, #democratic-party, #environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water-pollution, #wetlands

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Sri Lanka, Facing ‘Worst’ Marine Disaster, Investigates Cargo Ship Fire

A fire has raged on a cargo ship off the coast of Sri Lanka for 12 days, sending toxic chemicals and tons of plastic into the country’s waters and polluting its beaches.

#beaches, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #oil-spills, #plastic-bags, #ships-and-shipping, #sri-lanka, #water-pollution

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E.P.A. to Modify Trump-Era Limits on States’ Ability to Oppose Energy Projects

In recent years, states have used the Clean Water Act to block pipelines and other fossil fuel projects. The Trump administration tried to curb that power.

#clean-water-act, #environmental-protection-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #regan-michael-s-1976, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water-pollution

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The Future of Virus Tracking Can Be Found on This College Campus

Colorado Mesa University and the Broad Institute of M.I.T. and Harvard have spent the last year exploring new approaches to managing outbreaks.

#cambridge-mass, #colleges-and-universities, #colorado, #computers-and-the-internet, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-reopenings, #dormitories, #epidemics, #mesa-county-colo, #mobile-applications, #quarantines, #sabeti-pardis-c, #tests-medical, #water-pollution, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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The Lithium Gold Rush: Inside the Race to Power Electric Vehicles

A race is on to produce lithium in the United States, but competing projects are taking very different approaches to extracting the vital raw material. Some might not be very green.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #arkansas, #automobiles, #batteries, #berkshire-hathaway-inc, #california, #controlled-thermal-resources, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #federal-lands, #ford-motor-co, #geothermal-power, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #imperial-calif, #lakes, #lithium-metal, #lithium-americas, #mines-and-mining, #nevada, #standard-lithium, #tesla-motors-inc, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water-pollution, #wells

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Over 25,000 DDT-Tainted Barrels Are Discovered on Seafloor Off California

One researcher said the number of drums laced with the pesticide far exceeded his expectations. “It was hard to wrap my head around the density of targets,” he said.

#california, #ddt-dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #los-angeles-calif, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #oceans-and-seas, #scripps-institution-of-oceanography, #terrill-eric, #valentine-david-l-scientist, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

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Why the Gowanus Canal Is a Litmus Test for NYC Development

The Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn is notorious for its century-old filth. Now that the cleanup of the waterway has begun, a thorny question emerges. Who gets to live there?

#affordable-housing, #area-planning-and-renewal, #de-blasio-bill, #environmental-conservation-department-nys, #environmental-protection-agency, #gowanus-brooklyn-ny, #lander-brad, #water-pollution, #zoning

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Florida Crisis Highlights a Nationwide Risk From Toxic Ponds

Thousands of open-air waste pools near power plants, mines and industrial farms can pose safety dangers from poor management and, increasingly, the effects of climate change.

#coal, #duke-energy-corporation, #environment, #factory-farming, #floods, #florida, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #mines-and-mining, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

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Florida’s Crisis Highlights a Nationwide Risk From Toxic Ponds

Thousands of open-air waste pools near power plants, mines and industrial farms can pose safety dangers from poor management and, increasingly, the effects of climate change.

#coal, #duke-energy-corporation, #environment, #factory-farming, #floods, #florida, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #mines-and-mining, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

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‘Imminent’ Collapse of Wastewater Reservoir in Florida Forces Evacuations

A potential deluge of nearly 400 million gallons of water from a former phosphate mine threatened homes south of Tampa on Saturday, officials warned.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #floods, #manatee-county-fla, #phosphate, #phosphogypsum, #piney-point, #reservoirs, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

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How Green Are Electric Vehicles?

In short: Very green. But plug-in cars still have environmental effects. Here’s a guide to the main issues and how they might be addressed.

#air-pollution, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #batteries, #carbon-dioxide, #conservation-of-resources, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #energy-efficiency, #environment, #fuel-efficiency, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #mines-and-mining, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pollution, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #water-pollution

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Texas Crisis Exposes a Nation’s Vulnerability to Climate Change

Continent-spanning storms triggered blackouts in Oklahoma and Mississippi, halted one third of U.S. oil production and disrupted vaccinations in 20 states.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #disasters-and-emergencies, #drought, #electric-light-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #nuclear-energy, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #roads-and-traffic, #texas, #united-states, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

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Vale Mining Company to pay $7 Billion in Compensation for Brazil Dam Collapse

The disaster in the city of Brumadinho killed 270 people, and 11 others are still missing. It also led to murder charges for company officials.

#accidents-and-safety, #brazil, #brumadinho-brazil, #levees-and-dams, #minas-gerais-brazil, #mines-and-mining, #politics-and-government, #vale-sa, #water-pollution

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How Climate Change May Affect Your Health

No matter where you live or how high your socioeconomic status, climate change can endanger your health, both physical and mental, now and in the future.

#air-pollution, #asthma, #center-for-environmental-health, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #content-type-service, #global-warming, #pollution, #respiratory-diseases, #water-pollution, #wildfires

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Toxic ‘Black Mayonnaise’ Seeps Into Gowanus Bay After Barge Accident

As Brooklyn residents voiced concern, the Environmental Protection Agency said it appeared little toxic material had been released into the bay.

#canals, #environmental-protection-agency, #gowanus-brooklyn-ny, #gowanus-canal-brooklyn-ny, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #water-pollution

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Rick Snyder Arraigned on Neglect Charges for Flint Water Disaster

Rick Snyder, the former governor, was leading the state when the city’s water became tainted in 2014.

#flint-mich, #lyon-nicolas-l-1968, #snyder-richard-dale, #water-pollution

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Ex-Governor’s Lawyer Says Charges in Flint Crisis Would Be ‘Meritless’

Rick Snyder, a Republican, was Michigan’s governor during the city’s water crisis, which left residents sickened.

#flint-mich, #nessel-dana, #snyder-richard-dale, #water, #water-pollution

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Not Just Another Pipeline

The expansion of Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline is a breathtaking betrayal of Minnesota’s Indigenous communities — and the environment.

#alberta-canada, #enbridge-inc, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #lake-superior, #minnesota, #oil-sands, #pipelines, #walz-tim, #water-pollution

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Small Donations Aiming to Make a Big Splash

Environmental issues may seem too big to tackle, but some smaller foundations have figured out ways to have an impact.

#chesapeake-bay, #conservation-of-resources, #environment, #global-warming, #henderson-island-pitcairn-islands, #philanthropy, #plastics, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

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How Scientists Tracked Down a Mass Killer (of Salmon)

Something was decimating the salmon that had been restored to creeks around Puget Sound.

#chemicals, #environment, #fishing-commercial, #fishing-sport, #salmon, #science-journal, #tires, #water-pollution

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These Items in Your Home Are Harming America’s Sea Animals

A new report examines how plastic waste affects marine wildlife.

#endangered-and-extinct-species, #environment, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #manatees, #oceans-and-seas, #water-pollution

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Getting ‘Black Mayonnaise’ Out of One of America’s Dirtiest Waterways

A long-awaited dredging of the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, a Superfund site, has begun in earnest. It may not be finished for at least a decade.

#environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #gowanus-brooklyn-ny, #gowanus-canal-brooklyn-ny, #superfund, #water-pollution

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Americans May Add Five Times More Plastic to the Oceans Than Thought

The United States is using more plastic than ever, and waste exported for recycling is often mishandled, according to a new study.

#environment, #oceans-and-seas, #plastics, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #united-states, #water-pollution

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Major Retailers in Britain Say No to Glitter for Christmas

Morrisons, John Lewis and Waitrose said they would not be using glitter in their holiday products this year. Does that really help the environment?

#christmas, #containers-and-packaging, #great-britain, #john-lewis, #morrisons, #oceans-and-seas, #plastics, #pollution, #research, #shopping-and-retail, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #waitrose, #water-pollution

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Wildfires May Pose Drinking Water Safety Issues

Experts are warning that existing water safety rules are not suitable to a world where wildfires destroy more residential areas than in the past.

#awwa-water-science-journal, #california, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #oregon, #paradise-calif, #plumbing, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #research, #santa-cruz-calif, #water-pollution, #wildfires, #your-feed-science

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After Wildfires Stop Burning, a Danger in the Drinking Water

Experts are warning that existing water safety rules are not suitable to a world where wildfires destroy more residential areas than in the past.

#awwa-water-science, #california, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #oregon, #paradise-calif, #plumbing, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #research, #santa-cruz-calif, #water, #water-pollution, #wildfires, #your-feed-science

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Abandoned Rio Tinto Mine Is Blamed for Poisoned Bougainville Rivers

Residents of the Papua New Guinea region have accused the mining giant of environmental and human rights violations and asked for an investigation.

#australia, #bougainville-papua-new-guinea, #copper-brass-and-bronze, #gold, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #indigenous-australians, #mines-and-mining, #papua-new-guinea, #respiratory-diseases, #rio-tinto-plc, #rivers, #water-pollution

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E.P.A. to Promote Lead Testing Rule As Trump Tries to Burnish His Record

The E.P.A. will tout a new rule on testing lead in drinking water as President Trump’s latest environmental achievement, but water experts see only modest improvements at best.

#environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #lead, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water-pollution

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These Everyday Toxins May Be Hurting Pregnant Women and Their Babies

PFAS, industrial chemicals used to waterproof jackets and grease-proof fast-food containers, may disrupt pregnancy with lasting effects.

#babies-and-infants, #breastfeeding, #chemicals, #containers-and-packaging, #diabetes, #dupont-co, #environmental-protection-agency, #european-food-safety-authority, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #hoosick-falls-ny, #obesity, #parenting, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #science-and-technology, #teflon, #thyroid-gland, #water-pollution

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E.P.A. Relaxes Rules Limiting Toxic Waste From Coal Plants

The agency weakened Obama-era rules meant to keep metals and other pollution out of rivers and streams, saving industry tens of millions of dollars.

#coal, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #mines-and-mining, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water-pollution

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Schools Find Health Risks in Water After Covid-19 Lockdowns

A number of schools found the bacteria that causes Legionnaire’s disease in their water, and experts say more should expect to see it.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dayton-ohio, #education-k-12, #interscholastic-athletics, #legionnairesdisease, #ohio, #pennsylvania, #pittsburgh-pa, #plumbing, #quarantines, #shutdowns-institutional, #water, #water-pollution, #your-feed-education, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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Most of $600 Million Settlement in Flint Water Crisis Will Go to Children

The settlement still needs federal court approval, but Flint residents were being cautiously optimistic after the drawn-out crisis: “I just want it to be over.”

#flint-mich, #lead, #water, #water-pollution, #whitmer-gretchen

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Michigan to Pay $600 Million to Victims of Flint Water Crisis

Residents were left ill and relying on bottled water. Health officials said the effects on children were most concerning.

#flint-mich, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #lead, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #water-pollution

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The Dangers of Mining the Deep Ocean

The growing push to mine the seabed threatens the vast and rich ecosystem between the surface and the seafloor.

#fish-and-other-marine-life, #fishing-commercial, #international-seabed-authority, #mines-and-mining, #oceans-and-seas, #water-pollution

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Your Used Mask Needs to Make It to the Trash Can

They’re on beaches, in parking lots and on sidewalks. You probably won’t catch the coronavirus from a discarded mask, but the litter poses a risk to the environment.

#citizens-campaign-for-the-environment, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #masks, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #plastic-bags, #plastics, #pollution, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

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Gold vs. Salmon: Battle Over an Alaskan Mine

The Pebble Mine could be worth billions. It could also put a lucrative fishing industry at risk.

#alaska, #environment, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #fishing-commercial, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #lakes, #mines-and-mining, #pipelines, #salmon, #water-pollution

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With the Coronavirus Pandemic, Republicans Are Flunking Microbe Economics

Getting other people sick isn’t an “individual choice.”

#conservatism-us-politics, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #desantis-ron, #european-union, #fauci-anthony-s, #health-clubs, #masks, #paul-rand, #quarantines, #republican-party, #shutdowns-institutional, #water-pollution

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Mercury and algal blooms poisoned Maya reservoirs at Tikal

UC graduate student Brian Lane climbs out of the Perdido Reservoir.

Enlarge / UC graduate student Brian Lane climbs out of the Perdido Reservoir. (credit: Photo/Nicholas Dunning)

For centuries, Tikal was a bustling Maya city in what is now northern Guatemala. But by the late 800s CE, its plazas and temples stood silent, surrounded by mostly abandoned farms. A recent study suggests a possible explanation for its decline: mercury and toxic algal blooms poisoned the water sources that should have carried the city through dry seasons.

Tikal’s Maya rulers built the city’s reservoirs to store water from rain and runoff during the winter months. The pavement of the large plazas in the heart of the city tilted slightly, helping funnel rainwater into the reservoirs. Over the centuries, dust and litter settled into the bottom of the reservoirs, too, providing a record of what the environment around Tikal was like—and what was washing into the city’s water supply. University of Cincinnati biologist David Lentz and his colleagues sampled layers of sediment dating back to the mid-800s, and they found that two of Tikal’s central reservoirs would have been too polluted to drink from.

An X-ray fluorescence spectrometer (which identifies the chemicals in a sample based on how they react to being zapped with an X-ray light) revealed that the sediment on the bottom of the reservoirs was laced with dangerous amounts of mercury. Lentz and his colleagues also found ancient DNA from blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, which can produce deadly toxins.

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#algal-blooms, #ancient-central-america, #ancient-infrastructure, #archaeology, #cinnabar, #guatemala, #harmful-algal-blooms, #maya, #pre-columbian-civilizations, #science, #tikal, #water-pollution

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Toxic Ghosts

My father and I worked for years at a factory that became a Superfund hazardous-waste site. We’re still feeling the repercussions.

#air-pollution, #chemicals, #colitis, #digestive-tract, #factories-and-manufacturing, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #pcb-polychlorinated-biphenyls, #prostate-gland, #superfund, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

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Michigan Dam Disaster Threatens Major Dow Toxic-Chemical Superfund Site

Floodwaters surged toward Midland, Mich., and one of the nation’s most extensive toxic cleanup sites, raising concerns of a wider environmental fallout from the dam disaster.

#environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #floods, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #levees-and-dams, #superfund, #tittabawassee-river-mich, #water-pollution

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Helping the Environment, One Small Sensor at a Time

New York City nonprofits are using a cloud-based service from the start-up Temboo that helps monitor storm-water runoff and other environmental factors.

#ai-may-2020, #clean-water-act, #computers-and-the-internet, #infrastructure-public-works, #nonprofit-organizations, #sensors, #temboo-inc, #trees-and-shrubs, #water-pollution

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E.P.A. Opts Against Limits on Water Contaminant Tied to Fetal Damage

A new E.P.A. policy on perchlorate, which is used in rocket fuel, would revoke a 2011 finding that the chemical should be regulated.

#chemicals, #environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water-pollution

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How Do You Fight the Coronavirus Without Running Water?

Entire communities around the country face this terrifying virus without being even able to wash their hands.

#alaska, #arizona, #army-corps-of-engineers, #central-valley-calif, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #infrastructure-public-works, #navajo-indians, #plumbing, #united-states, #water, #water-pollution

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Clean Water Act Covers Groundwater Discharges, Supreme Court Rules

In a 6-to-3 ruling, the court rejected arguments by a county in Hawaii and the Trump administration that only pollution discharged directly into navigable waters requires permits.

#clean-water-act, #maui-hawaii, #roberts-john-g-jr, #sewers-and-sewage, #supreme-court-us, #water, #water-pollution

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Why Aren’t We Excited About Earth Day Anymore?

Three organizers from the first event in 1970 remind us that we still have a lot of work to do.

#air-pollution, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #clean-air-act, #clean-water-act, #colleges-and-universities, #conservation-of-resources, #earth, #earth-day, #education-k-12, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hudson-river, #law-and-legislation, #united-automobile-workers, #united-nations, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

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My Isolation Breaking Point

I can’t wait for social distancing to end, so I can be alone again.

#boats-and-boating, #chesapeake-bay, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fishing-sport, #hogan-lawrence-j, #quarantines, #water-pollution

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