Swimming and fishing safely in the Baltimore Harbor? Not so fast.

Ten years ago, fed up with floating litter everywhere and frequent whiffs of sewage, Baltimore launched a “Healthy Harbor" campaign.

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I ain’t afraid of no ghost fleas

When fish snack on 'ghost fleas,' the neurotoxin they accumulate poses a risk to human fish eaters.


Researcher wants answers about toxics in northern Ontario fish

Gretchen Lescord's findings suggest that while mercury in northern fish is still the biggest concern, the levels of chromium and arsenic concentrations are also raising some eyebrows. 

Anacostia watershed PCB cleanup makes uneven progress

It’s been a slog, but efforts are making headway to rid the Anacostia River of long-banned toxic chemicals that make it unsafe to eat many locally caught fish.

‘Ghost fleas’ bring toxic mercury up from the depths of prairie lakes

Migratory invertebrates move pollutant to the surface, where it accumulates in fish.


How the Duwamish River defined Seattle — and could again

In a new history, author BJ Cummings explains how Seattle was built on the waterway at the expense of nearby communities and the river itself.

Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ flow freely through Cape Fear River—and now its fish

The health effects of PFAS chemicals are still under scientific investigation, but North Carolina residents worry that the abundant substances puts them in danger too.

NC State study finds high PFAS in Cape Fear striped bass

After finding PFOS levels among the highest found in wildlife in Cape Fear striped bass, study raises idea of a fish consumption advisory.

Concerns over PFAS prompt new fish consumption advisory in Madison

So-called "forever chemicals" found in fish from two Madison-area bodies of water have prompted a new health advisory from state health and natural resource officials.

Are Alabama fish safe to eat? Here’s how the state decides

Each year the Alabama Department of Environmental Management tests fish for mercury, PCBs and other toxins but critics say the program could be improved.

‘Projects of death’: Impact of hydro dams on environment, Indigenous communities highlighted at Winnipeg conference

Hundreds of individuals from all over the world gathered to discuss the devastating social and environmental impacts of large hydro dams.


Anonymous Facebook page touts ‘recovery’ at Mount Polley while mine waste still piped into lake

A mysterious new group claims 'life is getting back to normal' at the site of one of Canada's largest-ever environmental disasters.


How do you clean up a contaminated 150-year-old gold mine?

Montague Gold Mines in Dartmouth, N.S., and Goldenville near Sherbrooke, are two of the most toxic former gold mines in the province.


EPA finds selenium from British Columbia mines contaminating fish in Montana

High concentrations of a potentially toxic element have been found in fish in the Kootenai River of Montana and American scientists are pointing the finger at Canadian coal mines.


Dutchess and Ulster County execs join to support NYS lawsuit against EPA

The Dutchess and Ulster County executives say they will take legal action in support of New York state's lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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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.

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.

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.

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