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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