Detroit’s toxic river: After decades, some progress—but a long cleanup journey remains

In 1987 the U.S. and Canada entered into a Great Lakes agreement to start the process of cleaning up the most polluted sites, 43 of them, that dot the waterways in and between the two countries. The sites, officially known as Areas of Concern, contain legacy toxic sediment from the industrial era when dumping pollutants ...

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State Farm Bureaus back proposal for $737M Chesapeake Watershed cleanup initiative

Three weeks after the agricultural leaders of the six Chesapeake Bay watershed states urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture to create a regional conservation initiative to expedite Bay cleanup efforts, the farm bureaus of the same six states have done the same.

Cleanup of abandoned mines could get boost, relieving rivers

Thousands of abandoned coal mines in the U.S. have been polluting rivers and streams for decades, in some cases harming fish and contaminating drinking water. Now efforts to finally clean up the sites could soon get a big boost.


Maryland moves to curb water pollution from chicken rendering plant

After years of complaints from its neighbors, state regulators have ordered a controversial poultry rendering plant on Maryland's Eastern Shore to curtail its pollution of a Chesapeake Bay tributary.


Commentary: In a Pennsylvania town, tainted water was only the beginning

Of the six neighbors on Green Valley Road who settled with the petroleum company, only the Crawleys remain. Mr. Finkler died of cancer. But the rest abandoned their homes and moved far away.


An environmental ‘catastrophe’ in Southern Africa lingers with few answers

In early August, reports began to surface of a major spill of toxic runoff from Angolan diamond mines into rivers that feed into the DRC's waterways.


Union Carbide faces DEP consent order, new lawsuit over alleged South Charleston toxic dumping site

More than three years after a South Charleston landholding company first tried to address alleged water pollutant discharges from nearby Union Carbide Corporation with a federal lawsuit, the legal limbo is lengthening.


Women building dreams: Sustainable livelihoods on Colombia′s Pacific coast

Afro-Colombian women on the Pacific coast have faced violence, conflict and the ecological fallout of mining and illegal logging. Now they're working together to protect their rich environment. 

Hurricane Ida oil spills 'mind-boggling,' but likely not as bad as Katrina, Rita

Some call for infrastructure review every five years, fines for violators.


Joe Manchin’s dirty empire

The West Virginia senator reaps big financial rewards from a network of coal companies with grim records of pollution, safety violations, and death.

Pennsylvania: DEP fails to address loophole that allows conventional drilling wastewater dumping

DEP's Oil and Gas Management Program told the Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board they plan to continue the process of determining if it is appropriate to develop a regulation covering the road dumping of conventional oil and gas drilling wastewater.


Shenandoah River’s algae woes worsen

Carpets of grass-colored algae have long plagued the Shenandoah River in Virginia, making it unpleasant to be on the water during some of the hottest weeks of the year. And,

The big problem with plastic

Consumer Reports details the big problem with plastic, revealing where most of the plastic you throw away ends up and explaining how to limit its environmental harm.

Reports of Hurricane Ida oil, chemical spills escalate in Louisiana waters

Less than half the reports have been investigated by the Coast Guard.

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Researchers, doctors call for regulators to reassess safety of taking acetaminophen during pregnancy

The painkiller, taken by half of pregnant women worldwide, could be contributing to rising rates of reproductive system problems and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.

LISTEN: Azmal Hossan on the sociology of climate crises in South Asia

"If we look at the rate of carbon emissions, most is emitted by the developed and industrialized countries, but the problem is poor countries like Bangladesh are the main sufferers."

Op-ed: We don’t have time for another fossil fuel bridge

Those holding up carbon capture and hydrogen as new climate solutions are leading us down the wrong path.

Ocean plastic pollution

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

Climate storytelling: Creativity and imagination in the face of bleak realities

Working with youth writers on a climate-fiction screenplay has opened my eyes to the power of the arts in confronting environmental crises.

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