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As pollution abates and skies clear, coronavirus shutdown gives glimpse of life with less fossil fuel

Whether it's blue skies over Beijing, satellite imagery showing emissions dropping in Milan or air monitors in Houston recording less ozone than normal, mankind's sudden hunkering down in response to the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in visibly cleaner air with remarkable speed.

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Companies pin excessive 2017 air pollution on Harvey, one-time events

Companies that were found to have emitted the most air pollutants in 2017 in Texas are in some cases pinning the blame on Hurricane Harvey, as well as unique one-time plant upsets and maintenance.

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Texas industrial polluters targeted in new report by environmental group

Environment Texas calls for stronger enforcement of clean air rules when companies exceed pollution limits because of equipment breakdowns, human error and other failures.
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Report from environmental group warns of bacteria risk at Texas beaches, rivers

The report claims fecal bacteria at Texas beaches, rivers and lakes frequently reached unsafe levels in 2017.
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Dirtying the Waters: Texas ranks first in violating water pollution rules

A new report raises questions about whether TCEQ is doing enough to protect the state’s water.
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Sand, water, and horsepower: Welcome to the year of the fracker

Oil companies are on track to produce a record 10 million barrels of American crude a day, a milestone that could be reached as soon as February largely due to another record that is expected to fall in coming months.

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Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

Hunter-donated meat provides crucial protein to US food banks. But an EHN investigation found a lack of oversight that could result in potentially hundreds of thousands of lead-contaminated meals this year.

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