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Water

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.

Justice

Cleanup of abandoned mines could get boost, relieving rivers

Thousands of abandoned coal mines in the U.S. have been polluting rivers and streams for decades, in some cases harming fish and contaminating drinking water. Now efforts to finally clean up the sites could soon get a big boost.

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Water

Is there lead in my water? Is my water safe to drink?

If there is lead in your Pittsburgh water or home, you’ll want to take it seriously. Find out how to assess your risk and stay safe.
Justice

An environmental ‘catastrophe’ in Southern Africa lingers with few answers

In early August, reports began to surface of a major spill of toxic runoff from Angolan diamond mines into rivers that feed into the DRC's waterways.

Justice

After 24 years of water advisories, Shoal Lake 40 First Nation can drink from the tap

After more than two decades without clean drinking water, Shoal Lake 40 First Nation is celebrating the opening of a water treatment facility and the end of water advisories for the community.
Climate

In Florida, coastal counties fuel population rise—and climate concerns

Growth along the state’s shorelines means more people face risks from rises in sea levels, which threaten to increase the severity of extreme weather and bring storm surges farther inland.
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Toxics

What contaminants lurk in the UK's drinking water? An expert explains

Recently, a school project made an alarming discovery: the presence of five times the recommended maximum amount of lead in water samples taken from 14 schools across the UK.

Justice

Failure at the Faucet: A series exploring risks to drinking water across Wisconsin.

Replacing all Milwaukee lead service lines would take 70 years at the current pace. Meanwhile, Wisconsin home lead investigations rarely test water amid a focus on paint.

Justice

Whitmer seeks $20M to replace lead pipes in Benton Harbor

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to pump $20 million into Benton Harbor to replace lead pipes and curtail exceedances of the state's water safety rules.
Justice

Rio Tinto-owned mine is polluting Malagasy water with uranium and lead, NGOs say

Some sites near a Rio Tinto-owned mine in Madagascar have recorded uranium and lead levels 52 and 40 times in excess of WHO safe drinking water standards, a recent analysis found.

Toxics

How to fight microplastic pollution with magnets

Huge amounts of plastic ends up rivers and oceans every year, harming the environment and potentially also human health. But what if we could pull it out of water with magnets?
Justice

Vermont extends ban on dumping 'garbage juice' in Lake Memphremagog

Vermont regulators extended a ban on the release of landfill leachate into Lake Memphremagog for an additional three years.

Justice

How COVID is helping spur big investment in Alaska water and sanitation services

After a hard winter with a heavy COVID-19 toll in rural Alaska, health officials called for sweeping action to bring water and sanitation services to predominantly Native villages that have long lacked them.

Justice

Water scarcity: What′s the big deal?

Access to clean drinking water is a human right, but as the global population grows and the planet heats up, can we rely on this resource we take for granted?
From our Newsroom

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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