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New study reveals how metal pollution ends up in our bones

Whether in the air around us – or in our laptops and mobile devices – the industrial production and use of toxic metals ends up inside our bones, a new study shows.

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Soot, metal among the things shot into the sky when you do fireworks

Air quality levels reach dangerous pollution levels each Independence Day as revelers light up thousands of personal fireworks throughout the Central Valley, San Joaquin Air Pollution Control District officials said.

Parents erupt over FDA failure to regulate toxic metals in food

Lead, arsenic and cadmium are commonly found in baby foods, but also in many of the ingredients families use to make their own.

Metal pollution is leaving scallops helpless against crabs and lobsters

New research points to 'heavy metals' having unseen effects on a much larger scale than previously thought.

Your car is spewing microplastics that blow around the world

When you drive, tiny bits of plastic fly off your tires and brakes. And all that road muck is blowing into “pristine" environments like the Arctic.

Russian nickel producer admits pollution in Arctic tundra

A Russian metallurgical company says that it improperly pumped wastewater into the Arctic tundra and that it has suspended the responsible employees.
Plastic Pollution

Processed meat recalls rise dramatically as consumers bite down on metal, plastic and glass

USDA acknowledges consumer complaints are on the rise. It issued guidelines in March to food manufacturers to take swifter action.

Polluted streams may yield minerals critical for high tech

Acid mine drainage contaminates roughly 2,500 miles of West Virginia waterways. It's a legacy of more than a century of coal mining in the region.

Airborne metal pollution may cause premature death

People who were exposed to high atmospheric concentrations of metals that come anthropogenic metals were more likely to die early.

Vermont Senate committee passes bill calling attention to the danger of military burn pits

Members of a key Senate committee know the bill they advanced Tuesday will not soon stop the military from using burn pits overseas to get rid of waste.

Tyson recalls over 69,000 pounds of chicken strips due to possible metal contamination

Tyson Foods is recalling about 69,093 pounds of frozen chicken strip products that may be contaminated with pieces of metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service says. 

Lawsuit prompts Seattle metal recycler to cut pollution

A major Seattle scrap metal recycler has agreed to make an estimated $1 million worth of pollution-control improvements to settle a federal lawsuit.

Why aren't we mining landfills for valuable stuff like metals and soil?

Many old dumps contain useful materials. Whether they're worth extracting depends on how we value other benefits such as preventing pollution and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Fish lice could be early indicators of metal pollution in freshwater

A fish louse shows great promise as an early indicator for monitoring pollution in rivers and dams.

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