Robots and magnetic soap: scientists rethink oil spill clean-ups

Incidents such as tanker stranding in Mauritius stress need for quick and effective solutions.

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Proposed new poultry farm in Chatham County: 750,000 birds, taxpayer-funded — and lots of secrets

Although not the farmer, Sen. Tom McInnis of Richmond County owns the land for a proposed poultry farm near Goldston in Chatham County.

Swimming and fishing safely in the Baltimore Harbor? Not so fast.

Ten years ago, fed up with floating litter everywhere and frequent whiffs of sewage, Baltimore launched a “Healthy Harbor" campaign.

Mickey Friedman: Housatonic River PCB cleanup: Adapt or dump

Experts call the process “bioremediation” and many scientists were/are studying natural ways to break down the chemical bonds of PCBs. So for the longest time, I/we hoped that someone would find a way for substances like alfalfa or everlasting pea, or magic mushrooms or the excretions of earthworms to organically solve the PCB problem.

E.P.A. to promote lead testing rule as Trump tries to burnish his record

The E.P.A. will tout a new rule on testing lead in drinking water as President Trump's latest environmental achievement, but water experts see only modest improvements at best.

Some sparkling water brands have PFAS chemicals, study finds - CBS News

PFAS, sometimes called "forever" chemicals, aren't federally regulated and may have adverse health effects.

Is New England’s biggest renewable energy project really a win for the climate?

A plan to import hydropower from Canada to Massachusetts begs the question of whether big hydro along with its reservoirs and dams, is green enough to be worth the cost.

Newsom says California is cracking down on oil spills. Our reporting shows many are still flowing

After we reported oil companies are making millions from illegal spills, California’s governor defended his administration’s record on oil regulation.

Farm is mishandling waste and polluting watershed, alleges Michigan AG

A Muskegon County farm is overloading the watershed with nutrients and pathogens, claim state regulators.

These everyday chemicals may be hurting pregnant women and their babies

PFAS, industrial chemicals used to waterproof jackets and grease-proof fast-food containers, may disrupt pregnancy with lasting effects.

One Michigan county tells the story of a nation plagued by water pollution

Farms housing thousands of animals are one of several sources contaminating the Pine River and dividing a mid-Michigan community.

Ecuador’s highest court will allow communities to vote on mining projects

Ecuador's Constitutional Court has ruled that communities have the right to vote on whether to allow large and medium-sized mining projects in their areas, the industry news site reported.

Pebble Mine executives were secretly recorded about work to win Trump administration support

The tapes provide a rare glimpse into how the men behind Pebble Mine have wielded their political influence, getting access to the Trump White House through Alaska's governor, and making donations to reward some lawmakers.

Chief executive of embattled Alaskan mine project resigns

The executive made “offensive” remarks about the state’s political leaders, the company said, in meetings recorded by an environmental group.

Swimming in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor by 2020? No, but maybe 2030, Waterfront Partnership says

Bacteria levels in parts of the Inner Harbor worsened in 2019, but the city's Waterfront Partnership is setting its sights on a harbor swimming area as part of its "2030 Vision."
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While climate change remains environmental issue #1, the worries over plastic in our water, soil, food, and bodies continue to grow.

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