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A new plastic wave is coming to our shores

A glut of natural gas has led to a U.S. production surge in tiny plastic pellets, called nurdles, that are washing up on coasts by the millions.
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Toxics

Reimagining the Tufted Puffin

Angela Haseltine Pozzi's nonprofit turns litter from Oregon beaches into 'beautiful and horrifying' sculptures of wildlife harmed by plastic pollution.
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Toxics

This brutal pesticide creates a 'circle of death.' So why is it making a comeback?

Carbofuran, a century-old chemical, is increasingly being weaponized against birds and other wildlife, devastating entire food webs.

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Climate

In Grinnell's footsteps

Scientists today are meticulously retracing the footsteps of a far-sighted ornithologist, Joseph Grinnell, who surveyed birds throughout California in the first part of the 20th Century. They are documenting how much has changed, and why, to give insights into the future.

Climate

I've seen the many wonders of Arctic Alaska. We must keep our protected areas free from drilling.

The administration's push to drill for oil in the Arctic Refuge and Teshekpuk Lake, places set aside explicitly to protect wildlife, puts us all at risk, biologist Jeff Fair writes.
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Toxics

EPA struck secretive deal over toxic site leaving $13 million in BP’s pocket

Emails show that, at BP’s request, EPA handed control of the Anaconda Copper Mine to Nevada, sidelining tribes and residents who fear they'll never have clean water.
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Biodiversity

Plastic threatens even our common shorebirds, study warns

Dead American Oystercatchers on Brazilian beaches were loaded with plastic, hinting that the world’s pollution problem isn’t just far out at sea.
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Energy

Trump administration moves to open Sage-Grouse strongholds to oil and gas

New management plans would roll back protections in seven states, lifting restrictions on more than 80 percent of the bird's most vital habitat.

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Climate

Birders don't need to be told that catastrophic climate change approaches

A new report warns that we're approaching the point of no return - a fact that close observers of nature have known for years.

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Biodiversity

Meet the undercover crime unit battling Miami's black market of birds

Multimillion-dollar sales of songbirds heap pressure on species already in decline. We go inside the covert investigation to capture traffickers.
From our Newsroom

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

Hunter-donated meat provides crucial protein to US food banks. But an EHN investigation found a lack of oversight that could result in potentially hundreds of thousands of lead-contaminated meals this year.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

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