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Study finds pharmaceuticals, other chemicals in remote Minnesota lakes

A study has found pharmaceuticals and other chemicals in remote lakes in and around the Grand Portage Indian Reservation in northeastern Minnesota.
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The end of plastic? New plant-based bottles will degrade in a year

Carlsberg and Coca-Cola back pioneering project to make ‘all-plant’ drinks bottles

How do you make a less toxic blue dye? Start with red beets

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This scientist dodges hippos to study water pollution in South Africa

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Scientists leave federal jobs under President Trump

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Brazil’s big agricultural strategy: pesticides

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In the sea, not all plastic lasts forever

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Mixing water, Powder River Basin coal ash dangerous to human health, new research finds

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Peter Dykstra: False profits

There's a fairly ancient gallon container of Roundup in my garage. I bought it back in the days when Roundup, and its key component glyphosate, was widely considered a safer alternative to other herbicides.

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