How wildfires fueled by climate change affect oceans and algae

Two years ago, in the southern Pacific Ocean, an explosion of algae grew to more than 2,000 miles wide — about the width of Australia.

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Climate

Climate change, logging collide - and a forest shrinks

Looking down a hillside dotted with large stumps and nearly devoid of trees, a pair of retired U.S. Forest Service employees lamented logging policies they helped craft to deal with two harbingers of climate change - pine beetles and wildfires.

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Justice

North Carolina trend: Enviva's wood pellet biomass push

Enviva touts benefits of biomass for rural N.C. Not all are on board. "A pack of lies", according to one knowledgeable observer, "about the environmental benefits of cutting down forests (not waste wood)."

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Toxics

Undoing of Trump-era clean-water rule creates optimism, uncertainty

A federal judge ruled the Trump administration's 2020 "Navigable Waters Protection Rule" was too flawed to keep in place. That means for now, instead of falling under federal jurisdiction, the status of ephemeral or intermittent streams will be subject to case-by-case determinations.

Toxics

Sunlight can break plastic down into chemicals that dissolve in water

Researchers previously thought that sunlight would only ever break down plastics in the sea into microplastics – which then persist in the environment forever. But analysis of real-world bags produced by retailers showed that the effect of sunlight is often very different.

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Justice

227 people were killed defending the environment last year, a new report shows. That's a record

Behind the veil of the Covid-19 pandemic, 227 people were killed last year protecting forests, water and other natural resources under increasing stress from climate change, making 2020 the deadliest year on record for environmental defenders.

Climate

This plant medicine teacher is reclaiming Anishinaabe names for species. Why that could be good for the planet

Some conservationists and climate scientists believe the key to protecting endangered plants and animals may lie in efforts to preserve Indigenous languages. Joe Pitawanakwat is doing his part by learning — and teaching — about Indigenous plant medicine.
Toxics

Oil-soaked birds found near oil spill at refinery after storm

Louisiana wildlife officials say they have documented more than 100 oil-soaked birds after crude oil spilled from a refinery flooded during Hurricane Ida.
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Toxics

Florida’s majestic manatees are starving to death

Deprived of once plentiful seagrass, more than 900 have died this year. Some experts contend they were taken off the endangered species list prematurely.

Climate

Eilat's coral reefs in worse shape than previously thought, new study shows

Climate change, tons of waste and storms are endangering Eilat's reef, the northernmost coral reef in the world.

Toxics

Trump rule reversal expands protections for Montana waterways

Many of Montana's streams and wetlands lost Clean Water Act protections after the Trump administration passed a federal rule in 2020, but those pollution protections were restored following a recent decision by a U.S. district court judge.

Toxics

Goa's Sal River contaminated by microplastics; fish, shellfish laced with polymers

Water, sediments and biota in the Sal river—a major water body in South Goa—are contaminated with microplastics, the most common being black MPs which are caused by the abrasion of motor vehicle tyres on road surfaces, a study has revealed.

Biodiversity

Marseille biodiversity summit adopts motion to ban deep-sea mining

A motion calling for a ban on deep-sea mining has been adopted in Marseille at the world's biggest biodiversity summit since the pandemic, after an overwhelmingly supportive vote by governments and civil society groups.

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Toxics

France threatened with legal action over use of pesticides

Widespread use of chemicals that can harm wildlife means French state has failed to protect the country’s flora and fauna, say NGOS
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Alabama PFAS manufacturing plant creates the climate pollution of 125,000 cars

The manufacturing plant responsible for PFAS-coated fast food packaging pumps out loads of a banned ozone-depleting compound along with "forever chemicals."

LISTEN: EHN's Pittsburgh reporter featured on "We Can Be" podcast

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Weaponization of water in South Asia

Climate change and unbalanced regional political power are driving an ongoing water crisis in Bangladesh.

Global action on harmful PFAS chemicals is long overdue: Study

"We already know enough about the harm being caused by these very persistent substances to take action to stop all non-essential uses and to limit exposure from legacy contamination."

Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

Pennsylvania vows to regulate PFAS in drinking water—again—but regulations are at least two years away

The chemicals, linked to health problems including cancer and thyroid disease, have contaminated drinking water in Pittsburgh communities like Coraopolis and McKeesport.

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