Drilling overwhelms agency protecting America's land

The federal government manages a small part of the Permian Basin, the hottest oil field in the country.

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Car tires and brake pads produce harmful microplastics

Scientists surveyed tiny airborne plastics near German highways and found that bits of tires, brake pads and asphalt make up most of the particles.

This new mural in Rome uses special paint to absorb pollution

Airlite paint neutralises pollutants and is calculated that the amount of paint used in the mural will clean the air the same as a 30-tree forest.

California’s wildfires: ‘everybody is at risk’ from smoky conditions, experts say

Californians need to prepare for wildfires – including particulate-filled air – just as they do for earthquakes.

For 10 years, a chemical not EPA approved was in their drinking water

For almost 10 years, a South Carolina couple saved jars of tap water worried there was something wrong with it.

Pesticide exposure alters bumblebees' behavior in their nests

A high-tech approach to monitoring bee activity inside the nest reveals how the neonicotinoid imidacloprid impairs colony growth.

Delhi chokes on hazardous pollution the day after Diwali

In Delhi the air is ranked among the the worst in the world. For those whose jobs require them to be outdoors the risks are particularly acute.

National Parks at risk from Trump administration’s energy agenda

Experts fear oil and gas development could permanently damage millions of acres of ecologically and culturally important public lands.

Common plastics emit global warming pollution

Six-pack rings, plastic bags, and similar products are among the culprits.

A new EPA rule would allow factory farms to avoid reporting air pollution

What factory farm owners portray as “normal odors" from animal waste can cause serious harm to farmers and the residents who live near these large industrial operations.

After hurricanes, pollution hazards for private water wells in the southeast

Floodwaters from Florence and Michael introduce bacteria and contaminants into wells.

Indian capital under cloud of smog as pollution level jumps

Air quality in India's haze-hit north, including the capital, New Delhi, deteriorated sharply on Monday because of unfavorable weather and an increase in smoke from stubble burning in fields across the region.

How high is urban air pollution?

The World Health Organization (WHO) has conducted a study to determine particulate pollution worldwide.

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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: 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: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

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

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 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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