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River, He Drank It
Jul 22, 2022 4:50 PM CDT
Offered Water From Polluted River, He Drank It 'Without Hesitation'
Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann ends up in hospital, though party denies it was from the water
- In this week's "Regrets, I've Had a Few" files, an Indian politician trying to show how clean the waters of a local river were ended up in the hospital, though his party insists the two events aren't related. On Sunday, Bhagwant Mann, the chief minister of...
Not the Loch Ness
Monster in Detroit, but
Something Else Amazing
May 7, 2022 10:45 AM CDT
Not the Loch Ness Monster in Detroit, but Something Else Amazing
What may be first river otter seen in 100 years in Detroit River shows water pollution is decreasing
- "As a PhD student in marine ecology, Eric Ste Marie knew what he saw was rare." That sighting in the Detroit River last month, as described by WXYZ , is now making headlines, and it may be the first of its kind in a century. Ste Marie, a 27-year-old...
Is Invading This City
Apr 29, 2022 7:45 AM CDT
Awful-Smelling Foam Is Invading This City
Toxic foam from polluted river has become the bane of Mosquera, a suburb of Bogota, Colombia
- Playing in foam is usually fun—think bubble baths when you were a kid. But in the streets of one suburb of Bogota, Colombia, residents flee toxic clouds of the stuff wafting over from a nearby polluted river, bringing an unpleasant odor and suspected to be the cause of a...
Amid War in Ukraine,
a New Looming Concern
Apr 25, 2022 7:26 AM CDT
Amid War in Ukraine, a New Looming Concern
Contamination of nation's water, air, and soil could take years to assess and clean up, experts warn
- Death and destruction isn't all that's been left in the wake of Russia's unrelenting war on Ukraine. Contamination of the nation's water, air, and soil are also now a concern, and it's an issue that could take years to remedy. Fires, explosions, building collapses, and...
Septic Systems, Climate
Change, and a Looming
Apr 17, 2022 4:00 PM CDT
Septic Systems, Climate Change, and a Looming Eco-Catastrophe
Millions of Americans can no longer take that flush for granted
- For millions of American homeowners and their communities, the problem with septic systems is not just another seemingly distant threat due to climate change. It’s all happening right now; and, yes, it is projected to get worse. Per a detailed report by the
rising sea and groundwater...
Blame for World's Plastic
'Deluge' Lands Squarely on US
Dec 2, 2021 7:39 AM CST
Blame for World's Plastic 'Deluge' Lands Squarely on US
We're the biggest contributor to the waste problem, per new NAS analysis commissioned by Congress
- There's a "deluge" of plastic mucking up the Earth's oceans, with the United States serving as the biggest contributor to it. That's according to a new National Academy of Sciences report ordered by Congress that's imploring the US to come up with a plan to...
Manatee Record in Florida
Is a Grim One
Nov 18, 2021 8:32 AM CST
Manatee Record in Florida Is a Grim One
Annual death toll for the marine creatures tops 1K, highest number since at least the '70s
The manatee die-off continues in the Sunshine State, with a grim new record: For the first time, annual deaths of the marine mammal have exceeded 1,000. Per the AP , the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported on Wednesday that 1,003 manatees have died this year so...
That Foam Is Toxic.
They Entered It Anyway
Nov 12, 2021 9:02 AM CST
That Foam Is Toxic. They Entered It Anyway
Hindus flocked to India's Yamuna River for a religious festival this week
- It sounds innocuous enough: traveling to a tributary of India's Ganges to bathe as part of a Hindu ritual. But as CNN reports, some sections of the Yamuna River were far from ripe for bathing in this week. What's being described as white toxic foam currently cover portions...
$600M Flint Settlement
Nov 10, 2021 7:10 PM CST
Judge Approves $600M Flint Settlement
Thousands will be eligible for payments over contaminated water
: Calling it "a remarkable achievement," a judge in Michigan has approved a $626.5 million settlement for thousands of people in Flint whose water was contaminated with lead. US District Judge Judith Levy said Wednesday that the package "is consistent for every qualifying participant, regardless...
US Marine Animals Are
Drowning in Plastic—Literally
Nov 19, 2020 12:54 PM CST
US Marine Animals Are Drowning in Plastic—Literally
Report mentions 1.8K cases of animals consuming or being entangled in plastic since 2009
- Plastic pollution is taking a disastrous toll on marine animals in the US, particularly those threatened with extinction, according to a new report . It tells of 1,792 cases in which 40 different species of animals consumed or were entangled in plastic since 2009. Of those, 88% involved animals that...
Exhibit on Ocean
to Big Shock for
Feb 14, 2020 9:40 AM CST
Exhibit on Ocean Pollution Leads to Big Shock for One Woman
German woman spots mixtape she lost 25 years ago—and it still works
- If you're in your late 30s or older, you likely remember the unique joy that accompanied creating what we olds call a "mixtape." A German woman is now reliving that elation after she stumbled upon a mixtape she lost 25 years ago while on vacation in Spain....
Water Protections in
Place for Decades
to Be Gone Within Days
Jan 23, 2020 9:35 AM CST
Water Protections in Place for Decades to Be Gone Within Days
Lawsuits expected to follow rule change under Trump
- In the end, government scientists couldn't sway him. President Trump's administration is expected to finalize a change to an Obama-era regulation protecting many US wetlands and streams as soon as Thursday. "More than half the nation's wetlands, and hundreds of thousands of small waterways" will lose...
There's a 'Zombie'
in Our Oceans
Nov 6, 2019 9:25 AM CST
There's a 'Zombie' in Our Oceans
Greenpeace report finds dumped fishing gear is a leading plastic polluter
- Try to comprehend just how much 55,000 double-decker buses weigh. It's a whole heck of a lot—more than a billion pounds. That's how much commercial fishing gear is abandoned in our oceans each year, according to a new report from Greenpeace on "ghost gear."...
EPA Mandate to City: Hand
Out Bottled Water ASAP
Aug 12, 2019 7:23 AM CDT
EPA Mandate to City: Hand Out Bottled Water ASAP
In Newark, NJ, filters to keep lead out didn't work, leading to recommendation for bottled water
- In what the
New York Times
calls "an echo of Flint," a New Jersey city that's handed out nearly 40,000 filters to help protect residents whose water flows through old lead pipes now says those filters might not be working and is moving to Plan B....
Then Tried to
'Drown Its Deceit'
Jun 5, 2019 11:22 AM CDT
DOJ: Carnival Re-Polluted, Then Tried to 'Drown Its Deceit'
Cruise company ordered to pay $20M on top of previous $40M for pollution violations, cover-up
- Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice—still shame on you, and you're going to pay big for it. That's essentially the Justice Department's message to Carnival Corporation, which just got busted, again, for its ships polluting the waters they sail in, and for trying...
Study of Shrimp Has
an Unwelcome Surprise
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
May 5, 2019 1:45 PM CDT
Study of Shrimp Has an Unwelcome Surprise
Every one tested in UK study had traces of cocaine
- How's this for an unwelcome surprise in a study of freshwater shrimp: Every one tested in a study of 15 different sites in Britain's rural Suffolk County had traces of cocaine, reports the
. Oh, and traces of the drug ketamine were widespread. Also showing up: a long-banned...
'Most Plastic We Have
Ever Seen in a Whale'
Mar 18, 2019 8:18 AM CDT
Philippines Horror: 'Most Plastic We Have Ever Seen in a Whale'
88 pounds of plastic found in dead whale that washed up on beach
- A dead whale washed up on a Philippine beach was distressing enough, but museum workers have deemed what they found inside the creature's gut "disgusting." The BBC reports that the Cuvier's beaked whale turned up on the shoreline east of Davao City on Saturday, and when...
UN Environment Report Names
Our 2 Most Pressing Problems
Mar 13, 2019 9:40 AM CDT
UN Environment Report Names Our 2 Most Pressing Problems
Report uses word 'risk' 561 times in 740 pages
- Earth is sick with multiple and worsening environmental ills killing millions of people yearly, a new UN report says. Climate change, a global major extinction of animals and plants, a human population soaring toward 10 billion, degraded land, polluted air, and plastics, pesticides, and hormone-changing chemicals in the water are...
Be Outraged' by
Teen's Find Off
Jan 18, 2019 7:55 AM CST
'People Would Be Outraged' by Teen's Find Off Calif. Coast
Alex Weber has pulled out more than 50K golf balls over the last two years
- Two years ago, a central California teen began what NPR calls a "Sisyphean task"—hauling hundreds of pounds of golf balls off the ocean floor, only to have them reenter the sea as golfers from five nearby golf courses (including Pebble Beach) hit them right back in. Alex...
Coast Guard Says No More to
14-Year-Old Oil Leak in Gulf
in case you missed it
Nov 25, 2018 11:40 AM CST
Coast Guard Says No More to 14-Year-Old Oil Leak in Gulf
Taylor Energy has to start cleaning up mess that started in 2004 or risk fine of up to $40K per day
- A massive cleanup effort has been ordered on a quietly devastating oil spill that's been contaminating the Gulf of Mexico for 14 years. The
reports the US Coast Guard has mandated Taylor Energy "institute a … system to capture, contain, or remove oil" from the affected...
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