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Syria’s Drought Likely Its Most Severe in More than 900 Years | Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

A new study looks at recent droughts across the Mediterranean in the context of the past 900 years. The charts highlight dry years (brown) and wet …

Thousands told not to drink tap water in Derbyshire

Thousands of households in Derbyshire have been warned not to use their tap water while high levels of chlorine are investigated.<p>Water company Severn Trent said it is investigating an issue at the Castle Donington reservoir in Derbyshire.<p>Nick Quraishi reports.

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Funding problems hit plan to clean Rio's polluted waterways ahead of Olympics

A consortium of Dutch government, NGOs and businesses has proposed solutions to Guanabara Bay’s pollution. But cash-strapped Brazil can’t pay<p>With the Olympic Games just months away, Rio de Janeiro has a problem: rubbish. Hundreds of tonnes of unprocessed waste flow into the Guanabara Bay every …

Collecting plastic waste near coasts 'is most effective clean-up method'

Analysis finds that placing plastic collectors near coasts would remove 31% of microplastics, versus 1% if they were all in the ‘Great Pacific Garbage patch’<p>Dredging plastic waste from coastal locations rather than deep in the oceans is the the most efficient way to clean it up and avoid damaging …

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How Michigan's Flint River is poisoning the city's residents

To date, over 25,000 children in Flint, Michigan, have been exposed to lead contamination from the city’s water supply. How did the water get that way?<p>Lee-Anne Walters and her family in Flint, Michigan, drank water laced with hazardous levels of lead contamination for nearly eight months, beginning …

Why cigarette butts threaten to stub out marine life

With cigarette filters made up of tiny pieces of plastic capable of causing untold damage to marine life, banning them could be one answer<p>A torn up love letter, a wedding dress and a loaded handgun. These are just some of the items discovered during the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal …

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From oil use to ocean pollution: five facts about the plastics industry

A new report released at Davos highlights some startling facts about the huge environmental and resource impacts of a fast growing plastics industry<p>The world of plastics is in drastic need of reform. This is the conclusion of a new report released at Davos by the World Economics Forum, the Ellen …

Plastic now pollutes every corner of Earth

From supermarket bags to CDs, man-made waste has contaminated the entire globe, and become a marker of a new geological epoch<p>Humans have made enough plastic since the second world war to coat the Earth entirely in clingfilm, an international study has revealed. This ability to plaster the planet in …

Pollution

Are slaves peeling your shrimp? Here's what you need to know

SAMUT SAKHON, Thailand (AP) — An Associated Press investigation found enslaved migrant workers and children ripping the heads, tails, shells and guts off shrimp at processing factories in Thailand.<p>AP journalists followed and filmed trucks loaded with freshly peeled shrimp going from one peeling …

Drought effect: Water cut on industries may go up

Government has imposed 10 per cent cut in water supplied to industrial units.<p>Written by | Mumbai |<p>The drought has forced a water cut on industries in …

99% of seabirds will have swallowed plastic by 2050, scientists warn

It's no surprise that bottle caps, plastic bags and other pieces of trash are washed off the streets and into our waterways every day. Some studies …

See Plans For The 62-Mile Wall That Would Capture Trash In The Pacific

It's not too late to make our oceans bluer. One organization has an ambitious plan to make that happen.<p>Nature isn't doomed if we work fast enough.<p>That's the essential premise fueling The Ocean Cleanup, an organization that hopes to pull an unbelievable amount of plastic waste from the Pacific Ocean …

Pollution

Making Ocean Water Drinkable Is Much Harder Than You Think

California's Carlsbad Desalination Project, which will start operating later this year, will process more than 104 million gallons of seawater daily, turning about half that into drinking water.<p>When Dean Spatz began his introduction-to-engineering-design class as a sophomore at Dartmouth in 1963, …

Navajo farmers reject use of water after mine spill

One of the largest communities of Navajo farmers along the San Juan River has voted to keep irrigation canals closed for at least a year following a spill of toxic sludge at a Colorado gold mine.<p>The unanimous vote by more than 100 farmers in Shiprock, New Mexico, was heart-wrenching and guarantees …

Taxpayers foot bill to retrieve sunken tires from failed offshore environmental project

What to do with a million used tires? Dump them in the ocean, of course.<p>As unthinkable as that idea is today, back in 1972, that was what Florida environmentalists chose to do, in an attempt to create an artificial reef. They gathered up old tires, ferried them a mile offshore from Fort …

‘I drank the water and ate the fish. We all did. The acid has damaged me permanently’

In the villages near Africa’s biggest copper mine, you can smell and taste the pollution. As a legal battle against metals giant Vedanta/KCM reaches London, villagers in Chingola, Zambia, tell of blighted lives and a looming catastrophe<p>You can’t see the old Chingola copper mine, with its smelter …

The madness of drinking bottled water shipped halfway round the world

Guardian sustainable business,Water,Environment,Food & drink,Life and style,Landfill,Corporate social responsibility,Waste,Nestlé,Coca-Cola,Pepsico,Business,Food & drink industry<p>We can’t get enough of it, but the long-term environmental impacts of bottling and transporting water across countries …

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The Hidden Health Dangers of Buried Urban Rivers

Cities have been paving over streams since the 19th century, but scientists are only now learning of potential harms to water quality.<p>There was once a little stream called Sunfish Creek on Manhattan. Named for the animals that swam there, it ran down from where Times Square is today, coursing …

30 blue herons found dead at Syncrude Mildred Lake site

The province is investigating after about 30 blue herons were found dead at an oilsands mine in northern Alberta.<p>Alberta's Energy Regulator (AER) …

EPA Says It Released 3 Million Gallons Of Contaminated Water Into River

In an event that has led to health warnings and turned a river orange, the Environmental Protection Agency says one of its safety teams accidentally released contaminated water from a mine into the Animas River in southwest Colorado.<p>The spill, which sent heavy metals, arsenic and other contaminants …

Salmon on Vancouver Island threatened by heat wave

Rivers in British Columbia are running a fever. That's why fishing guide Kenzie Cuthbert carries a thermometer in his pocket.<p>Cuthbert pulls out the …

Toxic EPA Spill Forces Southwestern Cities into 90-Day Water Supply

The very agency charged with protecting the environment has caused a toxic waste spill from an environmental disposal mine filled with a megaload of …

Paving over rivers in cities could be causing a major pollution problem

No trace of Sunfish Creek exists today. It was piped or paved over in the 19th century to make way for new development, or to contain flooding and disease. Now, it's just one of hundreds of the city's waterways that were erased or culverted at that time.<p>New York is not unusual in this regard. …

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RebelMouse vs. WordPress VIP

After building the product for Huffington Post, and owning the product and engineering groups at AOL after we were acquired, it was clear to me there …

Towns and tribes block intake of river water polluted by Colorado mine spill

Farmers, towns and tribes slammed water intake gates shut as a sludge-laden plume from a Colorado mine spill rolled down principal rivers in the desert Southwest on Monday, prompting local officials and families to demand answers about possible long-term threats from heavy metals borne along by the …

EPA: Pollution from mine spill much worse than feared

FARMINGTON, N.M. — Officials from the Environmental Protection Agency said Sunday that the Gold King Mine discharged an estimated 3 million gallons of contaminated water, three times the amount previously believed.<p>The mine continues to discharge 500 gallons per minute, EPA Region 8 administrator …