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The Ocean Cleanup is a highly touted nonprofit with the ambitious goal of cleaning up 90 percent of the ocean's plastic. In reality, the initiative's impact on the world's floating debris would be minimal, researchers reported recently in Science of the Total Environment.

Donald Trump liked to fish for votes in the Great Lakes region, but he cared little for the health of the waters that 40 million people rely upon.

Federal officials have finalized a plan to reduce pollution in one of the largest estuaries in the Northeast with an approach that gives surrounding communities greater flexibility to address the problem.

A two-year-long study in Delhi finds spike in air pollution levels corresponded to an increase in visits by children to hospital emergency rooms for treatment of acute respiratory infections.

Schools are trying to reduce the impact of dirty air on children's health by temporarily closing streets to cars.

Nearly nine out of 10 people experiencing homelessness have sought medical attention for a condition related to the state's dirty air, according to a new University of Utah study that provides a first-of-its-kind look at the disproportionate impacts air pollution has on those living on Salt Lake City's streets.

Villagers once burned the toxic waste as fuel, but a pioneering couple's radical education model uses it much more creatively.

A conversation with Catherine Flowers, author of "Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret."

The Trump administration is rushing to approve dozens of eleventh-hour policy changes.

A Pittsburgh-based chemical and materials company has agreed to pay nearly $1 million for failing to follow state and federal laws for preventing and responding to oil spills, under a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Republican lawmakers have resisted Wolf administration climate-change efforts. But a different national tone could encourage efforts to compromise.
Georgia Power paid top dollar to buy land from residents living near waste sites at its power plants. Environmentalists fear it’s a tactic to forestall the cleanup bill from new regulations for coal ash.
A huge group of chemicals found in everything from food packaging to medical devices is so troublesome that only essential uses should be allowed, a group of U.S. and European scientists said Tuesday.

A drainage dispute roils Jackson County's prized attraction and its operation.

For many Black Americans, generations of systemic medical racism and predatory experimentation on Black bodies have generated deep distrust of a system that was never built to serve them.
The north-Swedish iron-ore company takes the front seat in developing a new world standard for reducing carbon emissions from mining and industrial activity.

Food scientists and marketers are creating healthy, plant-based, imitation tuna, crab, and shrimp that look and taste like the real thing.

New Liberal bill promises net-zero emissions by 2050, but has no targets, no plan, no commitment to involve other levels of government.

A plan to double production at one of the world's northernmost mines involves building a railway through barren-ground caribou habitat — the impacts of which aren't adequately known, says local leader.

A stealthy source of pollution leaves the highway in astonishing amounts and heads to sea, toxic chemicals and all.

Major roadbuilding, including the “reconstruction” of the BR-319 highway, now threatens the Brazilian Amazon’s last, vast intact rainforest, vital to Brazilian ecosystem services.

Dozens of beached animals on the U.S. Atlantic Coast contained high levels of pollutants and heavy metals in their blubber and liver tissues, a new study shows.

As Italian hazelnut plantations expand to cater to our love of chocolate and nougat, they are leaving a bitter aftertaste on local soil, water and air.
Researchers found bags of bottle caps can serve as a home-base for bacteria to remove excess nitrogen from the water, lessening toxic algae blooms

Revised Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Update attempts to limit the amount of ozone pollution and ozone precursors sent to downwind states.

A U.S. researcher is raising the alarm about methylmercury levels in Labrador, but a Nalcor contractor monitoring the effects of Muskrat Falls says there's no need to worry.

The health of the ocean is in crisis. Overfishing, habitat destruction, pollution and climate change are causing populations of ocean species to plummet, placing entire ecosystems at risk.

The Port of Antwerp will launch an app through which members of the public will be able to report clusters of plastic pollution, in a bid by Europe's main plastics hub to downscale its environmental impact.
When a coal plant shuts down, the loss of jobs and tax revenue can be devastating for the towns that host them. The state is grappling with how to help workers and local governments in Indiana with that transition.

Tucked into an otherwise quiet bend south of Pismo Beach, Oceano Dunes may be California's most dangerous state park. Towns near the park, which draws more than a million trucks and dirt bikes a year, are besieged with air pollution, crime and accidents - even a mass shooting last year.

A Georgia judge is considering arguments in a case challenging whether customers should have to pay to clean up Georgia Power Co.'s coal ash ponds.

The 2019–20 Australian bushfire season saw unprecedented fires and black smoke sweep across the country, leading to increases in emergency department visits for respiratory problems and in sales of asthma medication.

Close ties between the ruling elite and the coal industry have helped perpetuate South Africa’s dependence on the dirtiest fossil fuel for electricity. But now residents of the nation’s most coal-intensive region are suing to force the government to clean up choking air pollution.
With face masks littering the environment, the search is on for sustainable solutions. Could they be recycled into new products? Or might masks made from organic materials cut pandemic pollution?