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Questions for: ‘Trillions of Plastic Bits, Swept Up by Current, Are Littering Arctic Waters’

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 04:30:00 -0500

How are scientists tracking the tons of plastic garbage floating on ocean currents? Where will it all end up?



Trillions of Plastic Bits, Swept Up by Current, Are Littering Arctic Waters

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:00:17 -0500

A new study found that a major ocean current is carrying plastic from the North Atlantic to the Greenland and Barents seas, and leaving it there.



The Town Where Mercury Still Rises

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 06:41:52 -0500

Forty years after the discovery of mercury poisoning in a small Canadian town, children there continue to suffer its effects.



2 Tennessee Cases Bring Coal’s Hidden Hazard to Light

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 11:49:28 -0500

Coal ash, a largely unseen byproduct of electricity production, is leaking from storage ponds, two lawsuits contend, and could be threatening the drinking water of more than a million people.



Inadequate Flint Settlement

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 14:49:52 -0500

A lawyer for the Flint Water Class Action Team writes that the state has ill served Flint residents.



What’s at Stake in Trump’s Proposed E.P.A. Cuts

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:17:52 -0500

President Trump’s proposed cuts in environmental programs go far beyond climate change. They would also affect clean water, law enforcement and pollution cleanup.



California, Drenched by Winter Rain, Is Told ‘Drought’s Over’

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 19:10:14 -0500

On Friday, Gov. Jerry Brown ended the drought emergency for the vast majority of the state, a move that marked the formal end to a water shortage.



Advocacy Groups Ask for Ban on Common Pesticide

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 15:26:39 -0500

Groups asked to ban chlorpyrifos from food within 30 days if the Environmental Protection Agency cannot prove it is safe.



Michigan Is Forced to Do Right by Flint, Finally

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 03:21:14 -0500

After years of delays and only after a lawsuit, the state is resolving a crisis it created and which officials had chosen to ignore.



A Message From the End of the World

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 10:10:40 -0500

Here at the southern tip of the Americas, we have had a frightening preview of climate-change catastrophe.