Paulina López, James Rasmussen, BJ Cummings: On the 20th anniversary of its Superfund listing, the Duwamish River faces a triple threat

The future health of Seattle's Duwamish River and its community is at stake as cleanup of the polluted river reaches a new critical stage.

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Contaminated site near Columbia’s Bonneville Dam could get top priority for Superfund cleanup

Bradford Island is being proposed for the Environmental Protection Agency's Superfund site list, a win for tribal communities that depend on nearby waters for subsistence fishing.

The mystery of 9/11 first responders and dementia

Many who worked at Ground Zero are experiencing alarming cognitive decline. Is 9/11 to blame?

For a clean ocean, just add oysters

From picturesque Mediterranean isles to New York's bustling harbor, strategically placed oyster colonies are depolluting the sea with ease.

Arguments over Housatonic PCB cleanup may be held by videoconference

For the second time in four years, justices with the country's top environmental court will hear arguments for and against a plan to pull toxics from the Housatonic River.

Nassau supervisor wants more testing around toxic superfund site

More testing for PCB-contaminated sediments that possibly moved downstream during recent flooding must be done along the Little Thunder Brook and the Valatie Kill, Town Supervisor David Fleming said Monday.


Monsanto told to pay teachers $185 million over PCB exposure

Bayer AG’s Monsanto unit must pay $185 million to three teachers who blamed their brain injuries on exposure to the company’s PCBs at a school in Washington state.

Fish advisories impact tribal traditions; Lake Superior smelt the latest species found contaminated

Local Indigenous people continue to eat enough fish to far surpass what state health officials consider safe.

Coastal landfills risk leaking long-banned toxic chemicals into the ocean

Killer whales are among the animals at risk from a 'second wave' of pollutants, as coasts erode and sea levels rise.


Mass. gov supports national designation for contaminated Lower Neponset River

Governor Charlie Baker is urging the US Environmental Protection Agency to place the Lower Neponset River on its Superfund National Priority List, citing the “serious nature” of the water’s contamination.

Polar bears face extinction in Svalbard and Arctic Russia

In 50 years, there might be no more polar bears in far northern archipelagos like Svalbard, says leader of the international Polar Bear Specialist Group.

Lee town meeting will address controversial landfill for Housatonic pollutants

The gathering comes at a particularly tense time for the community, with local petitioners pressing the town government to exit the controversial cleanup plan reached in 2020.


Leahy questions EPA director on impact of Burlington PCB contamination

Sen. Patrick Leahy wants to know how the EPA can ensure issues like the PCB contamination at Burlington High School don’t happen again elsewhere.

Hurricanes, Superfund sites: double trouble for NJ

The active hurricane season that's being predicted for the Northeast could mean double trouble for NJ, home to almost 120 Superfund sites.

When pollution drives evolution

Some species of fish developed the ability to thrive in Newark Bay’s toxic waters, demonstrating nature’s power to rebound.
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Researchers, doctors call for regulators to reassess safety of taking acetaminophen during pregnancy

The painkiller, taken by half of pregnant women worldwide, could be contributing to rising rates of reproductive system problems and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.

LISTEN: Azmal Hossan on the sociology of climate crises in South Asia

"If we look at the rate of carbon emissions, most is emitted by the developed and industrialized countries, but the problem is poor countries like Bangladesh are the main sufferers."

Op-ed: We don’t have time for another fossil fuel bridge

Those holding up carbon capture and hydrogen as new climate solutions are leading us down the wrong path.

Climate storytelling: Creativity and imagination in the face of bleak realities

Working with youth writers on a climate-fiction screenplay has opened my eyes to the power of the arts in confronting environmental crises.

Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

Peter Dykstra: Protected by an alphabet soup of acronyms

CITES, CCAMLR, LDC, MBTA, CBD, Ramsar, LWCF ... they may make your eyes glaze over, but they protect our health and planet.

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