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.

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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.


Stuck in metal dust town, Sawol

In an Incheon town near the world's largest landfill, residents are at their wit's end, battling with toxic air as they go about their daily lives. Now they are demanding that the central government step in to fix their plight.


The EPA acts more like a friend and less like a regulator of utilities.

The premise underlying nearly a half century of U.S. environmental law is that no one has a right to poison the air and water that all Americans consume. Under Scott Pruitt’s direction, the Environmental Protection Agency seems just fine with increasing Americans’ exposure to industrial toxins as long as it fulfills President Donald Trump’s promise to revive the nation’s moribund coal industry.

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Mine owner urged to halt heavy metals leaching into Sydney water catchment.

Multinational company Boral has been told to take urgent action to stop pollution flowing from a disused mine site into the Wingecarribee river in the New South Wales southern highlands.

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Disinfection dangers: How to avoid viruses without exposing yourself to toxics

COVID-19 has all of us cleaning more—but the products designed to kill viruses and bacteria can have dangerous health impacts. Here's how to scrub safely.

Algoma Steel workers allege company had ‘full knowledge’ of exposure to lethal, cancer-causing chemicals

Employees and the union allege minimal enforcement by Ontario's Ministry of Labour is to blame for lax oversight at a plant already linked to cross-border air pollution in the region.

Solar power on the rise at US schools

Report finds an 81% increase in K-12 schools using solar power over the last 5 years.

Microplastics in farm soils: A growing concern

Researchers say that more microplastics pollution is getting into farm soil than oceans—and these tiny bits are showing up in our fruits, veggies, and bodies.

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An exclusive look at important research just over the horizon that promises to impact our health and the environment

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