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Plastic garbage can clog the river, hurt plant and animal life and add chemicals to what ends up becoming drinking water. St. Louis relies on the Mississippi River for drinking water to the tune of 100 million gallons a day.

Environmental advocacy group PennEnvironmnent recently led a survey of Pennsylvania's most popular waterways — from Pittsburgh's three rivers to the Susquehanna and Lackawanna — looking for the presence of microplastics.

From lower carbon emissions to fewer potholes, there are a number of benefits to building a layer of plastic into roads.
Pennsylvania’s bodies of water, including the Lehigh and Delaware rivers and Little Lehigh Creek, are facing an environmental enemy called microplastics, according to new data.

A lot has been written about how air quality has improved over lockdown, as people haven't been using their cars as much to get around. But that doesn't mean the pandemic has been good for the environment across the board.

Scientists in Germany and the United States have developed a new model to predict the pathways of coastal plastic pollution.
The haute couture designer, whose gowns have been worn by Lady Gaga and Beyoncé, turns her hand to fabric made of plastic fished from the ocean.

With hundreds of millions of tonnes of plastic discarded into the environment over the past few decades, scientists are now learning that what is visible is only the tip of the plastic waste iceberg.

The potential health risks of chemicals used in plastic toys have had scientists concerned for years, but new research reveals just how widespread the risk of harm to children remains.
Industrial pollution has sickened and poisoned Black communities for decades. Environmental justice experts have a solution to stop this.
Plastic has become a major part of the carbon cycle, a discovery that has implications for how we tackle climate change.
Terminal B at Laguardia Airport has swapped single-use plastic straws for biodegradable or reusable options.

Men's average sperm counts are down globally and testosterone levels have plunged, while erectile dysfunction is, cruelly, on the rise.

Call it an existential crisis. According to a 2017 analysis co-authored by Shanna, the Western world's collective swimmers have been taking a dive — between 1973 and 2011, there was a 59% decrease in sperm count.

Epidemiologist Shanna Swan says low counts and changes to sexual development could endanger human species
Each bit of plastic takes a unique journey once it reaches the ocean. We're trying to spot the patterns.

A chemical fingerprint detected in the air in new research matched the burning of household waste containing plastics and the burning of plastics themselves.

When we hear about microplastic particles polluting the ocean, the usual suspected sources are degraded consumer plastic goods and synthetic textile fibers from washing machines. A new study, however, suggests that much of the blame lies with protective hull coatings on ships.

Your hormones have been hijacked.

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On fertility, we are running out of time.

And the growing number of plastics in our lives are accelerating the crunch.

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New Hampshire and the town of Merrimack are separately suing the company for delays in the installation of a required treatment system.

Join host Plastic Pollution Coalition for a conversation with Shanna Swan, PhD, leading environmental and reproductive epidemiologist, and Dr. Pete Meyers, Founder and Chief Scientist of Environmental Health Sciences, about the toxic impact of plastics' chemicals on fertility. February 24, 2 pm PT / 5 pm ET. Sign up here.

EHN senior editor Brian Bienkowski talks to Dr. Shanna H. Swan—one of the world's leading environmental and reproductive epidemiologists—about her new book, Count Down: How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race.

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Fertility issues are on the rise, and new literature points to ways that your environment may be part of the problem. We've rounded up some changes you can make in your life to promote a healthy reproductive system.

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Six women in Congress are demanding federal regulators take steps to remove phthalates and other hormone-hijacking chemicals from medical products, especially IV bags and neonatal equipment.

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Scientists are concerned by falling sperm counts and declining egg quality. Endocrine-disrupting chemicals may be the problem.
Plastic is the much-maligned detritus of modern living. It is the broken toy, the used carrier bag and the surgical face mask polluting our streets, streams and oceans. Yet plastic can become a force for good as a valuable re-usable commodity.
Human-made chemicals in the plastics we use are damaging children's brain development and must be banned immediately, according to a group of scientists dedicated to studying and reducing kids' exposure to neurotoxic chemicals and pollutants.

The move comes nearly four years after a study showed that phthalates, chemicals believed to cause health problems in children and reproductive issues in adults, were found in mass-market macaroni and cheese packets.

Environmental and community groups come together on an action plan for the Biden administration.

Some of the most precious material on earth is lurking in water bottles and other disposable plastics. What’s going on?
Research suggests that paper requires more energy and greenhouse gas emissions to produce than plastic.

John Naylor has plucked more than 15,000 pieces of single-use plastics from the Susquehanna River, as well as tons of other litter such as tires, barrels, foam, plastic chairs, flip-flops and more.

Chemicals found both in new plastics and those washed up on a U.K. beach caused deformities in sea urchin larvae, according to a new study in the journal Environmental Pollution.