Wind can carry PFAS pollution miles away from manufacturing facilities

Surveys have revealed elevated levels of PFAS in water systems and sources in towns and cities all over the United States. And while manufacturers have phased out PFAS, research suggests the compounds synthesized as replacements are also harmful.

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Air pollution on the rise in China as coronavirus lockdown ends

Nitrogen dioxide pollution increased as China began to reopen last month.


Emissions reduction from COVID-19 brings short term benefits, little long term gain

The shelter-in-place orders in New Jersey, and beyond, has resulted in a 30 percent drop in Nitrogen Dioxide over the Northeastern United States in March 2020, compared to the average of the previous five years, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.


Commercial whaling may be over in Iceland

Citing the pandemic, whale watching, and a lack of exports, one of the three largest whaling countries may be calling it quits.

Pittsburgh's air quality gets failing grade—again

Air quality is improving but American Lung Association report still ranks Allegheny County and tri-state region air among nation's worst.


First coronavirus deaths reported in Indigenous communities in the Amazon

“COVID-19 has fertile terrain to spread rapidly among the populations that live in Amazonia,” says president of prominent Brazilian rights group.

Gold mining threatens indigenous forests in the Brazilian Amazon

Illegal gold mining led to deforestation of thousands of hectares of forests inside indigenous reserves in the Brazilian Amazon, according to new satellite image analysis by the Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project.


Coronavirus impact: Pollution data shows early signs of China recovery, says IMF

The global recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic will be worse than in 2009, but early signs of a recovery are appearing in China, including renewed pollution, IMF economists said Monday.


Maryland to test water, oysters in St. Mary’s River for toxic chemicals

Maryland officials say they plan to test a Chesapeake Bay tributary and oysters in St. Mary's County after a local resident found high levels of toxic chemicals in his tidal creek - a category of contaminants that have been traced to military and industrial sites nationwide.


Carbon emissions are falling sharply due to coronavirus. But not for long

CO2 emissions are crashing as the world winds down, but experts say the drop won’t last if governments don’t start moving to cleaner energy.

Toby Ord's new book on existential risk sheds light on the coronavirus pandemic

Humans face unprecedented peril from new technologies and from our own actions, according to a new book by Toby Ord. By Ord's reckoning, humanity has a 1-in-6 chance of suffering an existential catastrophe this century.


Study supports case linking coal mining and poor air quality in nearby towns

From working on site all day, to sleeping at camp or a nearby town, coal miners are being exposed to more harmful dust than previously thought, according to new analysis.

The future of reducing air pollution in aerospace

When we think about air pollution, we largely consider the effects of industrial processes and vehicle emissions. However, a large portion of the air pollution humans create is actually found in aerospace.

Acid Rain: a Serious Threat to the Environment, Product of Pollution

The greater incidence of acid rain is caused by human action, especially due to the use of fossil fuels (oil and coal), which comes from factories, vehicles, power plants and boilers.
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