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.

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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

Senate Passes $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill

The approval came after months of negotiations and despite deficit concerns, reflecting an appetite in both parties for the long-awaited spending package.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #american-jobs-plan-2021, #bridges-and-tunnels, #democratic-party, #federal-budget-us, #federal-taxes-us, #global-warming, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #republican-party, #senate, #transit-systems, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water-pollution

Los Angeles Criticized After Release of 17 Million Gallons of Sewage Closes Beaches

Officials took more than 12 hours to alert the public about the discharge, drawing a rebuke from environmental watchdogs and elected representatives.

#beaches, #los-angeles-calif, #sewers-and-sewage, #water-pollution

E.P.A. Approved Toxic Chemicals for Fracking a Decade Ago, New Files Show

The compounds can form PFAS, also known as “forever chemicals,” which have been linked to cancer and birth defects. The E.P.A. approvals came despite the agency’s own concerns about toxicity.

#chemicals, #corporate-social-responsibility, #environmental-protection-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #hydraulic-fracturing, #natural-gas, #obama-barack, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #physicians-for-social-responsibility, #public-employees-for-environmental-responsibility, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #water-pollution

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘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

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

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

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

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

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