Old age, neglect and a changing climate are rendering US dams dangerous

In the face of more frequent and intense rainfall, dam failures are becoming the norm. What can be done with the underfunded relics?

Annapolis, Md.—DJ Buckley spent most of his afternoon on Aug. 3 picking up branches and debris out of the Annapolis Harbor.

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DDT linked to an increase in autism risk in new study

The discontinued pesticide DDT is linked to an increased risk of autism, according to a new study out of Columbia University Medical Center.

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Hidden studies from decades ago could have curbed PFAS problem: Scientist

An editorial published in Environmental Health today suggests that research on perfluorinated alkylate substances (PFAS) and their dangerous health effects was not revealed until several decades after it was conducted.

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Biologists measure, number and tag freshwater mussels from Deer Creek at Rocks State Park to reintroduce the species to the Patapsco River. (Credit: Maryland DNR)

Bringing back natural water filters in Maryland and beyond

ELLICOTT CITY, Md.—Under the waters of the Patapsco River in Maryland, new life is forming.

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Fishermen disregard New Bedford Harbor’s lingering toxic past

NEW BEDFORD, Mass.—It was about 4:30 p.m. on a Friday, and Arthur Burton was standing on a pier by Fort Tabor in New Bedford, Massachusetts, with a fishing pole.

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Hot temperatures may be bad for brains, even young and healthy ones: Study

A new study out of Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that high temperatures are linked to cognitive impairments, even in resilient populations.

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More earthquakes, more anxiety in Oklahoma

If researcher Joan Casey pulled Oklahoma Google search data for the month of June, she would expect to see an increase in searches for anxiety. That's because on June 15, a magnitude 4 earthquake hit Oklahoma.

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Fracking may alter fat cells: Study

Chemicals released by fracking may increase the size and amount of fat cells, even at low concentrations often released into the environment, according to a new study released today.

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Algoma Steel workers allege company had ‘full knowledge’ of exposure to lethal, cancer-causing chemicals

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Solar power on the rise at US schools

Report finds an 81% increase in K-12 schools using solar power over the last 5 years.

Health research and its problem with the “R” word

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Microplastics in farm soils: A growing concern

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