'Poisoning the Pacific': New book details US military contamination of islands and ocean

More than 12,000 pages of US documents show military operations contaminating the Pacific with radioactive waste, nerve agents, and chemical weapons like Agent Orange.

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What’s behind the recent ecological disaster in Kamchatka?

Kamchatka, Russia's easternmost region, has been hit by an ecological catastrophe.


While report complete, investigation at former Westhampton missile base far from over

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, were detected in samples taken from 26 of the 28 groundwater profile monitoring wells.


Lifting Russia’s accident reactors from the Arctic seafloor will cost nearly €300 million

Experts are discussing the framework for safe lifting of dumped reactors from four submarines and uranium fuel from one icebreaker reactor in the Kara Sea, in addition to one sunken nuclear submarine in the Barents Sea.

Our readiness for war has a big environmental impact

Military excess is a uniquely American thing, and though military waste isn't on most people's radar, it's not as easy to ignore as waste in a landfill.


Coalition sues over Kirtland Air Force Base jet fuel pollution

Leak was first discovered at Kirtland Air Force Base in 1999, lawsuit says.

Toxic chemical found in drinking water of SC neighborhood

Elevated levels of a potentially hazardous class of chemicals are showing up in drinking water at a small mobile home park near Shaw Air Force Base.


Burn Pits 360 says legislation is a step in the right direction

The fight continues to help soldiers who were exposed to toxic chemicals from burn pits while serving overseas.


Wilkie says VA struggles with shortage of cancer specialists

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie said the agency is struggling with the same shortage of cancer treatment experts that the U.S. medical community at large has faced.

As shipwrecks rust, oil spills are imminent

After decades at the bottom of the sea, thousands of corroded Second World War wrecks threaten to spill their oil into the South Pacific.


Going fishing? Watch out for chemical weapons

World War II weapons containing mustard gas have deteriorated yet the substance remains toxic for decades. Dumped munitions still turn up off of the US and Europe.

How the navy's 'grim reaper' scraps Canada's old military ships

Mike Stege is involved in dismantling the former HMCS Athabaskan, and it is bittersweet because he used to serve aboard the ship.

Congress poised to help veterans exposed to ‘burn pits’ over decades of war

One of the least understood ailments endured by the newest generation of veterans is related to exposure to toxic substances in Iraq and Afghanistan, especially from open-air trash fires.

Hunters Point issues stir fears over Concord base cleanup

Officials overseeing the cleanup of the Concord Naval Weapons Station tried to reassure City Council members this week that the arduous task of removing toxic materials left behind by the Navy is on the right track.

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The dangerous fringe theory behind the push toward herd immunity: Derrick Z. Jackson

Resumption of normal life in the United States under a herd immunity approach would result in an enormous death toll by all estimates.

My urban nature gem

Thanks to the Clean Water Act and one relentless activist, Georgia's South River may finally stop stinking.

Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

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.

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.

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.

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