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A Strong Case Against a Pesticide Does Not Faze E.P.A. Under Trump

Some of the most compelling evidence linking a widely used pesticide to developmental problems in children stems from what scientists call a “natural” experiment.<p>Though in this case, there was nothing natural about it.<p>Chlorpyrifos (pronounced klor-PYE-ruh-fahs) had been used to control bugs in …

Pest Control

Plants that absorb mercury

Published online<p>1 October 1998| Nature | doi:10.1038/news981001-6<p>News<p>Trees that absorb mercury compounds could be the next step in 'bioremediation' - …


Fifth of world's food lost to over-eating and waste, study finds

Almost 20 per cent of the food made available to consumers is lost through over-eating or waste, a study suggests. The world population consumes …

University of Edinburgh

Your Seafood Might Contain Tiny Plastic Particles

Is "trash to table" the next dining trend?<p>What goes around comes around, and that might be bad news for seafood lovers. We already know that eating fish comes with risks of ingesting metals like mercury and lead, or pesticides like DDT. A new paper published today in <i>Scientific Reports</i> now reports …


Landslide at Ethiopia Garbage Dump Kills at Least 35

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — A landslide swept through an enormous garbage dump here on the outskirts of Ethiopia’s capital late on Saturday, killing at least 35 people and leaving several dozen missing, residents said, as officials vowed to relocate those who called the landfill home.<p>Most of the dead …


Scientists discover pollution 10,000 meters below the ocean’s surface in the Mariana Trench

Scientists have discovered the presence of chemical pollutants in some of the ocean’s deepest trenches, previously thought to be nearly untouched by human influence. In fact, they’ve found levels of contamination in some marine organisms living there <b></b>that rival some of the most polluted waterways on …


German government signs deal to reduce plastic bag use

Germany's government has signed an agreement with the retail industry to curb the use of plastic bags. A key part of the plan is getting retailers to …


EPA head Scott Pruitt denies that carbon dioxide causes global warming

Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump’s head of the US Environmental Protection Agency, has dismissed a basic scientific understanding of climate change by denying that carbon dioxide emissions are a primary cause of global warming.<p>Pruitt said on Thursday that he did not believe that the release of CO2, a …

Clean Technology

What is in the Paris climate agreement?

<b>What was agreed as part of the Paris climate deal?</b><p>Overview<p>The deal unites all the world's nations in a single agreement on tackling climate change for the first time in history.<p>Coming to a consensus among nearly 200 countries on the need to cut greenhouse gas emissions is regarded by many observers …

Clean Technology

When it Comes to Greenhouse Gases, CO2 Isn’t the Only Game in Town

What do you imagine when you hear the phrase “greenhouse gases?” If you think of a factory belching out coal or a packed freeway filled with idling …

EPA halts inquiry into oil, gas industry emissions of methane

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday announced it was withdrawing a request that operators of existing oil and gas wells provide the …

L.A. keeps building near freeways, even though living there makes people sick - Los Angeles Times

Pollution readings near the freeways were three to four times higher than in neighborhoods at a distance from traffic. Diesel trucks produced the most noticeable pollution, coughing out foul plumes of exhaust and soot that could be seen and smelled as pollution readings jumped.<p>Scientists at USC and …

Air pollution affects preterm birthrates globally, study finds

A pregnant woman's exposure to air pollution has adverse effects on her fetus, according to a new international study, with prolonged exposure associated with nearly 1 in 5 premature births globally.<p>The study, published recently in the journal Environment International, is the first global estimate …


EU workers’ green revolt over Brussels pollution

The EU is trying to clean up the air across the Continent, though it has done little about pollution in its own back yard.<p>On a crisp morning earlier …


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<b>LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA</b>—In a barbed wire–enclosed parking lot 100 meters downwind of the Route 110 freeway, an aluminum hose sticks out of a white …


Southern Nevada’s hard water may call for softener installation


How untreated water is making our kids sick: Researcher explores possible climate change link

A researcher has drawn a link between the impact of climate change and untreated drinking water on the rate of gastrointestinal illness in children.

Scientists Now Know Exactly How Lead Got Into Flint’s Water

For decades, the pipes that brought water to LeAnne Walters’ house did their job unnoticed and safely. But in summer 2014, that changed.<p>Suddenly, …

Hawaii seeks to ban 'reef-unfriendly' sunscreen

A proposed Hawaiian bill aims to stop the sale of lotions containing certain UV-filters, but their effects on coral are disputed.<p>Legislators in …


World’s most endangered marine mammal down to 30 individuals

The vaquita, a small porpoise found only in Mexico’s Gulf of California, now faces extinction, scientists say in a report published today. Only about …


A lava faucet in Hawaii, a bat-like robot, and other amazing images of the week


John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship - Florida Sea Grant

This opportunity is open.<p>The John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship provides a unique educational experience to graduate students who have an …