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Antibiotic resistance has spread to the deep, dark forest, bear teeth reveal

Bears in Sweden encountered antibiotics hundreds of kilometers from civilization

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What happens to wildlife swimming in a sea of our drug residues?

Wastewater exposes plants and wildlife to hundreds of chemical compounds. Researchers are learning about potential side effects and solutions.

Cancer-causing chemicals spark recall of blood pressure drugs over contamination fears

A common blood pressure drug has been recalled over fears it has been contaminated with a substance that can increase cancer risks.

Fish are becoming addicted to methamphetamines seeping into rivers

Methamphetamines and other drugs can enter freshwater rivers through wastewater, and lab tests show trout can become addicted, changing their behaviour by reducing their activity levels.

Drugs′ heavy eco-footprint

It's no secret that drug trafficking and cartel wars cost human lives, but what isn't often talked about is their environmental cost.

How drugs damage the environment

Drugs aren't only potentially harmful to our health, they can also be catastrophic for the environment. From sucking rivers dry to razing forests, here's what you need to know about the impact of drugs on our ecosystems.
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Women are more at risk due to the pandemic and climate crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic and the climate crisis are two of the world's most urgent issues but while they affect everyone, they also disproportionately impact women and those living in poverty.


Canada is falling behind on confronting environmental racism

Many First Nations and non-white communities have been the dumping sites for industry. But environmental advocates say Canadians are struggling to empathize.

Siberia’s heat wave triggered an Arctic sea ice melt

An alarming situation is unfolding just north of Siberia's shores: sea ice is crashing in a region that scientists consider to be the ice factory of the Arctic.

Pollution is causing wild fish deformities in California

A new study demonstrates how high selenium concentrations, primarily from industrial and agricultural runoff, can affect wild fish.

Legalize marijuana, save wildlife

Illegal cannabis grows take a toll on public lands.

Coca farms close in on protected areas, isolated tribes in Peruvian Amazon

A remote region of the Peruvian Amazon is being invaded by farmers who are rapidly clearing mature forests for farms to grow coca.

The state Of Long Island’s water

What we can do to protect our water now Attendees at The State of Long Island's Water panel discussion, cohosted by the North Shore Land Alliance, North Country Garden Club and The Nature Conservancy, recently learned that Long Island's water resources, both ground and surface waters, are contaminated by excess nitrogen from human septic systems.

Your drug habit is destroying the planet

The illegal drug trade comes with a significant environmental cost, but it doesn't have to.

Scientists in the UK find cocaine in shrimp

Researchers in the UK have found traces of illicit drugs, pharmaceuticals and pesticides in samples of freshwater shrimp.

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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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