Rio Tinto-owned mine is polluting Malagasy water with uranium and lead, NGOs say

Some sites near a Rio Tinto-owned mine in Madagascar have recorded uranium and lead levels 52 and 40 times in excess of WHO safe drinking water standards, a recent analysis found.

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Booming Colo. town asks, ‘Where will water come from?’

"Go West, young man,'' Horace Greeley famously urged. The problem for the northern Colorado town that bears the 19th-century newspaper editor's name: Too many people have heeded his advice.

Are Canadian uranium workers still more likely to die from lung cancer?

A study by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission is examining health data from 80,000 people who have worked in Canada’s uranium mines, mills and processing and fabrication facilities.

Greenland’s rare-earth election

A vote last month answered an important question about the world’s largest island.

Cleanup of Rayrock mine, the 'Tłı̨chǫ Giant,' to receive public scrutiny

Kwetıı̨ɂ̨aà, one of the most contaminated sites on Tłı̨chǫ land, is about to be cleaned up – again. Federal plans will receive a public examination next week.

How an election in Greenland could affect China — and the rare-earth minerals in your cellphone

Sitting on vast, untapped reserves of uranium and rare-earth minerals, Greenland holds the keys to massive wealth. But many Greenlanders have grave doubts about whether they should allow the world to exploit those resources.

Greenland election shows divide over rare-earth metals mine

Greenland is holding an early parliamentary election focused in part on whether the semi-autonomous Danish territory should allow international companies to mine the sparsely populated Arctic island's substantial deposits of rare-earth metals.

‘Wall of water’ if Piney Point Reservoir in Florida breaches, officials warn

The authorities on Sunday said they were making progress in draining a leaking wastewater pond south of Tampa but urged residents to heed evacuation warnings.

The bombs that never went off

The fall of the Soviet Union left behind a grim legacy of nuclear danger. After 30 years, the last weapons-grade uranium has been eliminated.

America's dirty divide: How environmental racism leaves the vulnerable behind

The health effects caused by decades of systemic racism are staggering. The Guardian is launching a year-long series to investigate.

Scientists concerned with radioactive fallout from America's nuclear plants

For decades, the U.S. government has compensated employees who got cancer from working inside plants that made America's nuclear weapons. Now, a growing number of scientists say this radioactive threat may not stop at the fence line.


Deb Abrahamson, powerful advocate for environmental justice on Spokane reservation, dies at 65

Deb Abrahamson, whose fight for environmental justice made her a major figure in the push to clean up the legacy of uranium mining on the Spokane Indian Reservation, has died of cancer.

Indigenous activists speak out against plans to import radioactive material to southeast Utah

When locations were chosen more than half a century ago for the dozens of uranium mills that dot the Four Corners landscape, one common factor was almost always considered: proximity to productive uranium mines.

Timeline set for nuclear waste cleanup in Pennsylvania's Armstrong County

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says work at the Shallow Land Disposal Area in Parks Township and Apollo will begin in 2023 and run through 2031.

Georgia Power lawsuit says Plant Scherer coal ash is ‘poisoning’ locals

45 residents living near America's largest coal-fired plant claim Georgia Power contaminated their community's drinking water source.

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Alabama PFAS manufacturing plant creates the climate pollution of 125,000 cars

The manufacturing plant responsible for PFAS-coated fast food packaging pumps out loads of a banned ozone-depleting compound along with "forever chemicals."

LISTEN: EHN's Pittsburgh reporter featured on "We Can Be" podcast

"I believe that true, well-told stories have the power to change the world for good."

Weaponization of water in South Asia

Climate change and unbalanced regional political power are driving an ongoing water crisis in Bangladesh.

Global action on harmful PFAS chemicals is long overdue: Study

"We already know enough about the harm being caused by these very persistent substances to take action to stop all non-essential uses and to limit exposure from legacy contamination."

Ocean plastic pollution

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

Pennsylvania vows to regulate PFAS in drinking water—again—but regulations are at least two years away

The chemicals, linked to health problems including cancer and thyroid disease, have contaminated drinking water in Pittsburgh communities like Coraopolis and McKeesport.

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