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We Have a Tap-Water Crisis on Our Hands

Report flags contamination, lack of proper testing

(Newser) - "America is facing a nationwide drinking water crisis," says the co-author of a new report that finds one in four Americans were served by tap water that was unsafe or not properly monitored in 2015. The report published Tuesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council shows there were... More »

This Could Be World's Most Endangered Animal

Newly identified Gulf whale species lives in single canyon

(Newser) - A new species of whale has been identified in an underwater canyon in the Gulf of Mexico, but scientists fear they won't have long to get to know it: There are only about 50 of the unique species of Bryde's whale left in waters off the Florida Panhandle,... More »

The Filthiest Beaches in the US

New report card ranks cleanest, dirtiest in the nation

(Newser) - There's something dangerous lurking in the water at many US beaches, and it isn't a shark. It's bacteria, and it's fouling up many of America's shorelines thanks to runoff from treatment plants and old sewer lines, which can put swimmers at risk of hepatitis, dysentery,... More »

40% of US Food Goes to Waste

Average family of 4 tosses $2,300 worth per year, says NRDC study

(Newser) - The LA Times takes note of a study on American food from the Natural Resources Defense Council with some eye-popping facts and figures on waste:
  • About 40% of food in the US supply chain goes uneaten
  • A family of four tosses $2,275 worth of food each year, which translates
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FDA to Rule on BPA Ban by March

Agency agrees to deadline as part of lawsuit settlement

(Newser) - The FDA will finally make a firm decision about whether to ban BPA by March 31, thanks to a lawsuit settlement. The Natural Resources Defense Council called on the agency to ban the controversial chemical in 2008, but the FDA didn't take action within the time required by law;... More »

65 Oil Protesters Arrested at White House

Demonstrators oppose 1,700-mile pipeline going from Canada to Texas

(Newser) - Two weeks of anti-oil protests at the White House kicked off with 65 arrests yesterday, reports the AP . Top on the protesters' agenda is getting President Barack Obama to kill the permit for a 1,700-mile pipeline through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas to refineries on the... More »

Bayer Knew Pesticide Killed Bees, Critics Charge

(Newser) - A German prosecutor is investigating allegations that chemical giant Bayer CropScience knowingly sold a pesticide that kills honeybees, the Raleigh News & Observer reports. The investigation follows complaints from German beekeepers and environmentalists that the company covered up incriminating data on chlothianidine. In the US, meanwhile, an environmental group sued... More »

EPA Plans Tough New Lead Limits

Safety standards unchanged for 30 years

(Newser) - The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing stringent new regulations on lead  levels in the air, which have remained unchanged for 30 years. Some 23 counties in the US would be out of compliance once the new standards are established. Lead has been linked to developmental and learning problems in children. More »

USPS Defends Its 'Life Blood:' Junk Mail

Postmasters, big mailers have helped stall state legislation

(Newser) - The US Postal Service, dependent upon junk mail, appears to be successfully fighting efforts to staunch its flow, the Washington Post reports. Though 18 states have introduced do-not-mail bills, none has passed, thanks in part to resistance from postmasters nationwide. "The post office and the business groups are pretty... More »

Wal-Mart Stores Going Green

Retail giant lays out energy saving initiative

(Newser) - Retail giant Wal-Mart has launched an ambitious blueprint to go green, with plans to cut energy use of many of its products by 25%, and may even begin to sell hybrid cars and provide sustainable energy to charge them, reports the New York Times. Wal-Mart has already sold 145 million... More »

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