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Illegal sewage discharge in English rivers 10 times higher than official data suggests

Underreporting by water companies and failure to hold them to account have resulted in ecological damage, analysis shows.

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Troubled waters: What’s causing the mystery foam in a Jakarta canal?

A blanket of thick, snow-like foam covers the surface of a canal in Indonesia's capital, Jakarta. The froth has exuded from the waters of the east flood canal in Marunda repeatedly over recent years, usually in the rainy season.

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Fish consumption advisory issued due to PFAS contamination in the Yahara chain of lakes

Wisconsin health and environmental regulators are expanding the list of waters where people should limit fish they eat within the Yahara Chain of Lakes in Dane and Rock counties due to elevated levels of so-called forever chemicals known as PFAS.

Originals

LISTEN: A trip down the crooked river

Let's listen into the babbling sounds of the Cuyahoga River with Jane Goodman.

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The battle to save England’s chalk streams, one of the planet’s rarest habitats

Like other rare habitats such as the rainforest and the coral reef, the chalk stream is also suffering from environmental threats – with two particular menaces causing most worry.

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UK ranked last in Europe for bathing water quality in 2020

Swimmers in the UK hoping to enjoy waters certified clean and healthy this summer have been let down again.

Originals

In Georgia, a bold comeback for a dirty river

Last month, I saw an old friend show up in a surprising place.

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Climate crisis could trigger sewage surge in English rivers, MPs told

There will be a rise in the scale of sewage discharge into rivers and waterways due to extreme weather events as a result of climate change, MPs have been told.

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Water firms are main source of microplastics in UK rivers, study says

Water companies are causing high levels of microplastic contamination in UK rivers by discharging untreated sewage and wastewater into the water system, new research reveals.

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Justice

Receding glaciers causing rivers to suddenly disappear

As glaciers around the world recede rapidly owing to global warming, some communities are facing a new problem: the sudden disappearance of their rivers.

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Plastic gets to the oceans through over 1,000 rivers

Scientists used to think 20 rivers at most carried most plastic into the oceans, but now they know it’s far more, complicating potential solutions.
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Addressing nitrate contamination in Wisconsin's drinking water

A 2020 report found that Wisconsin is one of 10 states facing increasing issues with nitrate contamination in drinking water. We check in with two experts on the state of nitrate pollution in Wisconsin’s water.
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Endangered US rivers at grave risk from dams, mining and global heating

Every year American Rivers ranks the country's 10 most endangered rivers to highlight where imminent threats to human health, safety and survival could be resolved through decisive political, business and community measures.

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Rivers can be climate change solutions, too

Rivers and their floodplains have the potential to act as shock absorbers to climate change, and are powerful agents for keeping wildlife and communities healthy and resilient.

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Toxics

Surfers Against Sewage launches long-term plastic waste clean-up

The public is being urged to clear plastic and litter from their local beaches, rivers and parks as part of a million-mile clean-up to mark the emergence from lockdown.

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Following up with families from ‘Fractured,’ EHN’s fracking investigation in western Pennsylvania

"The series finally brought to light that we're not the only ones being impacted, that this is a serious problem across the board, and that the industry should be held accountable."

CICADA-PALOOZA!

Invasives and invasions pit humans versus nature.

Solar geoengineering: Scientists decry a 'foolish' idea

Ideas to dim the sun 'ignore the root cause' of the climate crisis – and create a cascade of unintended problems, scientists and activists say

Is it up to consumers, businesses, or politicians to tackle toxics? All of the above.

We all have a role to play in ridding our shelves of unhealthy products that are more likely to end up harming low-income families.

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.

Nurdlemania: Behind the climate crisis lurks the plastics crisis. Be ready.

A container ship accident off the Sri Lankan coast is a stark reminder of the "other" planetary problem.

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