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Israel expands probe into oil spill

The oil slick, believed to have occurred earlier this month, has caused the death of at least one fin whale and six baby sea turtles.

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Toxics

Israel’s beaches are littered with tar after mysterious oil spill

The environmental damage is being called one of Israel’s worst ecological disasters in decades. “I feel like I want to cry,” said an official. “It’s everywhere.”
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Justice

Northwest’s salmon population may be running out of time

The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office found that some salmon species are “on the brink of extinction.” Habitat loss, climate change and other factors are to blame, it said.
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Climate

Sea pickles are washing up on SLO County beaches. Why are we seeing them here?

Hundreds of the translucent, oblong creatures appeared on the beach last weekend.
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Justice

Towns pay the price for living next to California's off-roading mecca

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.

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Toxics

Russian surfers say mystery ocean pollution is poisoning them and killing animals

Surfers in Russia's far eastern region of Kamchatka have reported ocean water pollution so bad that it's poisoning them, and may behind a mysterious mass die-off of sea life along the peninsula's Pacific coast.

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Climate

Migration numbers plunge for the red knot, a threatened shore bird

Every May, these birds stop in the Delaware Bay on their way to Arctic Canada. But a shortage of food this season puts their flight at risk.
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Toxics

The plastic-hunting pirates of the Cornish Coast

The Clean Ocean Sailing initiative removes plastic waste from areas of England’s coastline that are inaccessible by foot.
Plastic Pollution

Ocean plastic returning to Aussie coastlines

Plastic waste in the ocean is making its way back to land and increasing pollution on Australia's beaches, according to new research from CSIRO, Australia's national science agency.

Plastic Pollution

Bill calls for dramatically cutting plastic pollution

With just 8% of plastic waste in the United States currently being recycled, the bill aims to set up an effective plastic recycling program and limit single-use plastic.
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Climate

Australia's angry summer: This is what climate change looks like

Summer in Australia use to be something we yearned for: long, lazy days spent by the beach or pool, backyard barbecues, and games of cricket with family and friends. But recent summers have become a time of fear.

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Climate

Trump administration makes it easier to dredge protected areas to restore beaches

The shift makes it cheaper for some of the wealthiest communities to replenish their beachfronts, which are increasingly under threat from more frequent and intense storms, rising seas and other effects of climate change.

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Toxics

Mysterious oil spill becomes new environmental crisis for Brazil

Brazil’s president said the government had a theory of what led to the spill, adding that a foreign country was on “the radar.”
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Water

Poop is no laughing matter with many metro beach closures this summer

Contaminated water sickened hundreds of people and forced an unusually high number of beach closures around the Twin Cities this summer. As the season wraps up, public health officials are looking for ways to prevent future outbreaks of waterborne illnesses.
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More evidence that harmful PFAS chemicals are sneaking into some "green" and "compostable" products.

Pesticide DDT linked to increased breast cancer risk generations after exposure

Groundbreaking study finds women whose grandmothers had high DDT exposure are more likely to be obese and have early menstruation—both breast cancer risk factors.

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Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

The political, media, and community response to our Fractured investigation

From a media blitz to calls for statewide drilling bans, here's a look at the fallout and impacts so far from EHN's investigation of western Pennsylvania fracking impacts.

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