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River Wye pollution: Campaigners call on poultry firms to act

Activists have called on two major poultry suppliers to take action to protect the River Wye from pollution. The river, which flows through Wales, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire, has excessive algae growth often caused by high phosphate levels in the water.

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Maryland moves to curb water pollution from chicken rendering plant

After years of complaints from its neighbors, state regulators have ordered a controversial poultry rendering plant on Maryland's Eastern Shore to curtail its pollution of a Chesapeake Bay tributary and say they will crack down on environmental violations there.

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The future of Ann Arbor's drinking water will cost millions—but where will the water come from?

Ann Arbor city officials have options when it comes to the future of clean, safe drinking water... but no matter what, it'll cost hundreds of millions of dollars.

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London river 'stinks and is full of dead fish' as toxic blue substance found

Thames Water is investigating after a toxic blue substance was found in a river in South London.

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Dougray Scott: The climate crisis is a water crisis for the poorest and most vulnerable communities

If everyone had access to clean water, they would be better able to protect themselves from the destructive effects of climate change.

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Red tide and algae blooms: Florida waters in crisis

Florida's water pollution crisis is reaching a breaking point, and the race to pass comprehensive legislation to fix our statewide problems is moving as slow as the environmental catastrophe unfolding in our bays, rivers, natural springs, and lagoons every day.
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Nantucket airport lawsuit blames manufacturers for PFAS contamination

Nantucket Memorial Airport, which is now paying to clean nearby drinking water contaminated by its decades of using PFAS-containing firefighting foam, has filed a lawsuit against the constellation of high-profile global companies that made and sold the products.

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Court blames Indonesian govt for pollution, demands measures

A Jakarta court ordered the Indonesian government to strengthen pollution measures, a historic ruling that blames authorities for the air quality deterioration, according to local media.

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California city wins $48M over perchlorate contamination

The city of Pomona is set to receive $48M in damages from SQM North America Corporation after a legal battle over perchlorate groundwater contamination.
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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.

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Bilbao hits the brakes to slow down pollution

Bilbao and its metropolitan area have undergone a profound transformation in the last 30 years. The city is shaking off its industrial past and reducing pollution.

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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.

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EPA proposes prioritizing West Atlanta lead pollution for funding and cleanup

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to make lead contamination in West Atlanta neighborhoods a higher priority for cleanup.

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Wells polluted with PFAS 18 miles from Chemours plant

A well on the outskirts of Fayetteville has tested positive for one type of PFAS. At least two other wells are also tainted, and more testing is coming.
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Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico: What we know

Divers searching for the origin of a substantial oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico — one of several spotted off Louisiana's coast after Hurricane Ida — have discovered three damaged pipelines near the leak, though murky conditions on the seafloor prevented the team from finding the source.

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Researchers, doctors call for regulators to reassess safety of taking acetaminophen during pregnancy

The painkiller, taken by half of pregnant women worldwide, could be contributing to rising rates of reproductive system problems and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.

LISTEN: Azmal Hossan on the sociology of climate crises in South Asia

"If we look at the rate of carbon emissions, most is emitted by the developed and industrialized countries, but the problem is poor countries like Bangladesh are the main sufferers."

Op-ed: We don’t have time for another fossil fuel bridge

Those holding up carbon capture and hydrogen as new climate solutions are leading us down the wrong path.

Climate storytelling: Creativity and imagination in the face of bleak realities

Working with youth writers on a climate-fiction screenplay has opened my eyes to the power of the arts in confronting environmental crises.

Ocean plastic pollution

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

Peter Dykstra: Protected by an alphabet soup of acronyms

CITES, CCAMLR, LDC, MBTA, CBD, Ramsar, LWCF ... they may make your eyes glaze over, but they protect our health and planet.

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