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The heavy toll of the Black Belt’s wastewater crisis

Many rural households in America don’t have access to safe sewage systems. In Alabama, entrenched poverty and unusual geology have created a public-health disaster.
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After coronavirus: Our relationship with meat and the next pandemic

All pandemics in recorded human history have come via the animal kingdom. With mutations abounding and our interaction with wildlife widening, when are we finally going to address the sick animal in the room?
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Justice

Swimming in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor by 2020? No, but maybe 2030, Waterfront Partnership says

Bacteria levels in parts of the Inner Harbor worsened in 2019, but the city's Waterfront Partnership is setting its sights on a harbor swimming area as part of its "2030 Vision."
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Toxics

Calif. Approves new treatment method for removing nitrate from groundwater

An innovative process that uses naturally occurring bacteria to remove nitrate from contaminated groundwater has received approval from California's State Water Board as a treatment method.

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Toxics

Botswana: Deaths of more than 300 elephants caused by bacteria in water

Bacteria found in water is believed to have caused the deaths of more than 300 elephants in Botswana. Scientists fear toxins being produced by tiny organisms in water and soil could be occurring more frequently due to climate change driving up temperatures.

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Toxics

How bacteria-eating bacteria could help win the war against germs

While microscopic and little known, predatory bacteria are among the world’s fiercest and most effective hunters.
Toxics

How diseases sweep through the sea

For marine mammals, viral and bacterial outbreaks are on the rise.

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Toxics

Toilet to table: Michigan farmers feed crops with ‘toxic brew’ of human and industrial waste

Sewage sludge is a highly toxic, semi-solid blend of human feces and every pollutant that was discharged into the sewers.

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Toxics

Enric Sala: To prevent the next deadly disease, we must stop harming nature

The coronavirus pandemic proves it: By damaging the planet, we have sapped nature’s power to protect humanity from diseases.
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Toxics

Contra Costa environmental health warns of toxic algae bloom

Several samples from water near Windward Bay, Clipper Bay and Discovery Bay Yacht Club contained dangerous amounts of cyanobacteria toxin.
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Biodiversity

Tests for coronavirus vaccine need this ingredient: Horseshoe crabs

Modern medicine still depends on this animal’s blood to test for bacteria in vaccines. And an alternative test requires further study.
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Toxics

After coronavirus, office workers might face unexpected health threats

Stagnant plumbing systems in emptied commercial buildings could put returning employees at risk of Legionnaires’ and other illnesses.
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Toxics

She spent 10 days in hospital during Walkerton's tainted water scandal. Now she's studying to be a doctor

It's been 20 years this long weekend since E.coli was discovered in the water in Walkerton, Ont. Seven people died and more than 2,300 fell ill.

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Toxics

Coronavirus: How do biosafety laboratories work?

Biosafety laboratories allows scientists to investigate highly pathogenic viruses, to develop diagnostic procedures and to create vaccines.

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Toxics

Water contamination risks lurk in plumbing of idled buildings

Stagnant water is a breeding ground for bacteria. Before reopening shuttered buildings, the internal water systems need to be investigated.
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Two things to be thankful for...

2020 is almost gone. And we are lucky to have prescient environmental reporters.

Major oil and gas companies join program to cut methane emissions

62 oil and gas companies from around the world signed on to a UN-led partnership aimed at bolstering monitoring and reductions of the potent climate-warming gas.

Q&A: A young environmental justice leader on the value of getting youth of color into nature

"Before decisions are made we need to practice what we preach when we say that we stand for justice and equity. In any decision-making process, youth need to be involved from the get-go."

Agents of Change: New fellows seek to reimagine science communication

Breaking through the echo chamber with new voices grounded in science, community, and equity.

10 tips for cleaner grocery shopping

Picking ingredients for a better lifestyle.

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