Global freshwater fish populations at risk of extinction, study finds

Freshwater fish are under threat, with as many as a third of global populations in danger of extinction, according to an assessment.

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Very few of world’s rivers undamaged by humanity, study finds

Rivers are biodiversity hotspots but pollution, dams and invasive species have caused havoc.


River Action targets agri-businesses in campaign to stop pollution

The heads of some of the biggest agricultural suppliers are being targeted in a campaign to stop their activities polluting rivers in the UK.


Beauty, serenity, stillness: An ode to the final miles of the Mississippi River

Stark and minimalist in their beauty, the landscapes and communities in Louisiana’s Plaquemines Parish exist in a state of constant change.

UK: George Eustice says water firms must cut sewage releases into rivers and sea

Environment secretary says water companies too reliant on overflows discharging pollution after storms.


What will our beaches, lakes and rivers look like in 2050?

In a warmer world, our beloved swimming and fishing spots could experience sudden and irreversible changes.


Actors join fight to save Scottish salmon

The fight against wild salmon disappearing from Scotland's rivers has reeled in two big names from the world of entertainment.


European rivers are stuffed with barriers, but a movement grows to remove them

There’s more than one barrier per mile on average in Europe’s rivers, which chokes off life in these critical arteries. But public awareness is sparking calls to take out small dams, weirs, and ramps.

New York Waterway ferry company accused of dumping sewage into Hudson for years

Two former workers claim New York Waterway fouled the river with unfiltered waste from boats’ toilets. The firm denies the allegations.

Park With COVID memorial is rising on site of former toxic dump

Hundreds of trees will be planted in a grove at the new Skyway Park — one for every resident of Jersey City who has died of the virus.

Hawaii’s fresh water leaks to the ocean through underground rivers

If the water could be pumped to the surface, it could help alleviate shortages on the island.

Pandemic crowds bring ‘Rivergeddon’ to Montana’s rivers

As urbanites flock to forests and rivers to escape coronavirus threats, trailheads are cramped with parked cars and fishing on the Madison River is like a Disneyland ride.

Dam removal project, genetic discovery could be good news for key salmon species

Spring-run Chinook salmon, critical to Indigenous fishers along the Klamath River, are in steep decline. But two recent developments may offer a path to their recovery.

Pet flea treatments poisoning rivers across England, scientists find

Highly toxic insecticides used on cats and dogs to kill fleas are poisoning rivers across England, a study has revealed. The discovery is "extremely concerning" for water insects, and the fish and birds that depend on them, the scientists said.


Declining snow cover in U.S. northeast will have major impacts on rivers, study finds

New research indicates that snow cover across the U.S. Northeast is declining as a result of climate change, and that by 2100 as much as 59 percent of the region will not accumulate any snow.

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Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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