Will climate change increase the presence of pathogens in drinking water?

As storms grow more severe and temperatures climb, contamination of groundwater by animal and human waste could be on the rise as well.

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New PFAS compound found in New Jersey water

A PFAS compound used by chemical company Solvay has been detected in New Jersey drinking water supplies, according to emails obtained by Consumer Reports.

Environmental groups sue DHS over use of tear gas at Portland protests

Five environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Tuesday for using tear gas at the protests in Portland, Ore.

Deadly bacteria lurk in coastal waters. Climate change increases the risks

Health workers see Vibrio as a rare danger, if they’ve heard of it at all. But it’s already causing more cases of flesh-eating disease. And it’s poised to get worse.

More traces of cancer-causing PFAS in Arctic raise alarm over global spread

Scientists are still grappling with the complex puzzle of how these toxic chemicals are moving through the environment.

‘Forever chemicals’ detected in Aullwood Audubon Farm drinking water system

High levels of the so-called “forever chemicals" have been found in the Aullwood Audubon Farm Discovery Center's drinking water system, the Ohio EPA announced Thursday.


UK supermarket salad suppliers investigated over pesticides in rivers

The UK environment watchdog is examining whether more than 50 sites that supply salad and vegetables to supermarkets and other businesses are discharging chemical pollution into rivers and streams.


Artist paints Lynchburg storm drains as reminder: Think twice about what goes into waterways

Darienne Montgomery, 26, of Lynchburg, is one of six local artists selected to paint storm drains along Fort and Park avenues throughout the month of October.


Legionella and other pathogens still lurk in U.S. drinking water

Though less common than in the past, microbes that contaminate tap water continue to sicken - and sometimes kill - Americans.


Why microplastics found in Nigeria's freshwaters raise a red flag

Microplastics could pose a threat to the sustenance of aquatic biodiversity when ingested by animals.

EPA plans wells to assess scope of tainted Kokomo water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to install six groundwater monitoring wells around Kokomo to investigate the source and scope of chemical contamination that’s spread through groundwater beneath much of the north-central Indiana city.

Brain-eating amoeba that killed 6-year-old entered Texas water supply through splash pad

The brain-eating amoeba that contaminated the water supply of a Texas city and killed a six-year-old boy has been traced back to a splash pad outside the Lake Jackson civic center.


US water pollution laws going unenforced in Iowa, environmental group finds

Over the past three years, two Iowa companies have repeatedly told the state and federal government they've exceeded the amount of pollution they can discharge into the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, yet environmental agencies have taken no action against them.


Venezuela, once an oil giant, reaches the end of an era

Venezuela’s oil reserves, the world’s largest, transformed the country and the global energy market. Now its oil sector is grinding to a halt — perhaps never to recover.

More than 470 oil spills in the Peruvian Amazon since 2000: Report

The work of Peru's Indigenous environmental monitors, whom proponents credit with accurately recording instances of spills that may have otherwise gone unnoticed, is still not formally recognized by the government.

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My urban nature gem

Thanks to the Clean Water Act and one relentless activist, Georgia's South River may finally stop stinking.

Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

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