Nanomaterials are being discovered in living organisms

Carbon nanotubes and other microscopic particles are increasingly part of consumer goods. They’re also being found in organisms up and down the food chain.
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Hundreds of fish species, including many that humans eat, are consuming plastic

As more and more plastic trash permeates the oceans, fragments are making their way into fish and shellfish – and potentially into humans.

Northern tree rings hold centuries-old air pollution records

Researchers are using northern trees to precisely trace levels of emissions. In Mackenzie Delta tree rings, you can find a history of the industrial revolution.

Photographer Gianmarco Maraviglia collects nurdles from beaches and photographs them larger than life

Photographer Gianmarco Maraviglia collected plastic pellets, known as nurdles, from several beaches in Greece and photographed them larger than life.

New research aims to uncover long-term effects of glyphosate spraying on forests

Every year, B.C. sprays about 10,000 hectares of forests with glyphosate as part of its reforestation program.

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.


Scientists studied five different types of seafood. 100 percent were contaminated with plastics

A new study that examined five different types of seafood found that traces of plastic contaminants were present in every single sample — suggesting that humans ingest a large amount of plastic pollution from eating seafood both wild and farmed.

'Grim work': Climate-change clock ticking on world's polar bears

The climate-change clock is ticking on the world's polar bears and a group of Canadian and U.S. scientists say they've determined when that time will run out.

EPA scales back requirements for pesticide testing on fish

The EPA will allow pesticide producers to forego certain tests which can indicate whether chemicals accumulate in fish and enter the food chain.

Research finds fishing gear a major source of ocean microplastics in Atlantic Canada

Researchers studying the quantity of microplastics in the ocean in Atlantic Canada say some of the major sources of the puny pieces of plastic come from fishing gear and single-use plastics.
Plastic Pollution

Plastic 'has entered' Antarctic terrestrial food chain

Scientists have found bits of polystyrene in the guts of tiny, soil-dwelling organisms in the Antarctic, raising concern that microplastics pollution has already "deeply" entered the world's most remote land-based food systems.


The productive power of poop

Referred to in polite company as a "marine subsidy," otter feces are a key fertilizer on small islands.


Microplastics found for first time in Antarctic ice where krill source food

Researchers at University of Tasmania find 14 different kinds of plastic smaller than 5mm in an ice core from 2009.

Why not try to hunt all species with non-lead ammunition?

The lead bullets you're using to shoot deer and moose could be creating an unintended health hazard for your family — and you don't even know it.

Skinny whales

The mystery behind emaciated ‘zombie whales’ stranding on the West Coast in 2019 is still unsolved, and there are troubling signs for 2020.
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Climate change, chaos, and cannibalism

Forty eight years ago, a sci-fi thriller predicted a future with all three—in the year 2022.

U.S. Steel abandons clean tech plans in Pittsburgh region following damning health study

The company scraps planned Pennsylvania investments and will instead shut down three polluting batteries in 2023. The announcement comes a week after a study shows lower lung function in people living near its Pittsburgh-region facility.

LISTEN: The allure of regenerative agriculture

"Every being is the full expression of themselves."

Fertility & Environmental Justice: A conversation with Shanna Swan and Annie Hoang

"These toxics chemicals are affecting you—not just the polar bears, the insects, and the birds."

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

Can marine protected areas reduce marine disease?

EHN talked to marine disease experts about the role of increasing ocean protection in combating rising disease rates.

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