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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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.

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.
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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.

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.


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.


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.”

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.

Vancouver beaches close amid high E. coli levels, prompting criticism of sewer system

Vancouver has been working on separating its sewer pipes since the 1970s, after Vancouver city councils of earlier decades decided not to have a separated system because of the expense.


Beach pollution surges after massive wildfires and heavy rains, report finds

If there was one upside to the severe drought that plagued California for seven years, it was how the lack of rain and dirty runoff improved beach water quality.


Tasmanian councils grapple with effects and price tag of climate change

Three Tasmanian mayors discuss the impacts of climate change on their patches, where some residents are taking matters into their own hands to save land from erosion.
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The dangerous fringe theory behind the push toward herd immunity: Derrick Z. Jackson

Resumption of normal life in the United States under a herd immunity approach would result in an enormous death toll by all estimates.

My urban nature gem

Thanks to the Clean Water Act and one relentless activist, Georgia's South River may finally stop stinking.

Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

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.

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.

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.

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