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Report claims Ohio one of worst states for water q...

Nearly one in four Americans — 77 million people in the U.S. — are drinking water that comes from untested or contaminated systems, and Ohio ranks as one of the worst states for offenses. A new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council found that there were nearly 80,000 violations impacting every state in the U.S. in 2015, but consequences were few and far between due to a lack of under-reporting and lax enforcement...

Questions linger decades after River Valley cleanu...

MARION — Twenty-some years ago, parents in the River Valley School District became alarmed at the statistically high number of cancer patients there, many of them current or former students. Their fears grabbed the attention of public health officials, who began studies to determine the cause. Despite years of investigation, no scientific link ever was made between the illnesses and the tons of toxic sludge buried beneath...

Fig Leaves Are Out. What to Wear to Be Kind to the...

In the Garden of Eden, figuring out what to wear was easy and the fig leaves were environmentally friendly. Today, it’s much harder to find clothes that don’t have some kind of negative impact on the planet. Textile manufacturers use complicated chemical and industrial processes to make clothing materials, from cotton to synthetic fibers. And while the environmental consequences aren’t always clear, consumption is growing....

Can a Web Address Help Save the Planet? .eco Think...

Can a Web Address Help Save the Planet? .eco Thinks So And Al Gore, Google and Tesla Are Paying Attention And Al Gore, Google and Tesla Are Paying Attention The new .eco web address endings can be purchased by companies and organizations committed to improving and caring for the environment. Phonies beware: The public profiles and community feedback features are designed to keep the .eco domains reserved for those with an...

House votes to undo pesticide protections for nati...

Pesticides and other pollutants that run off into waterways are killing salmon in Seattle’s Longfellow Creek. CREDIT: AP Photo/Elaine Thompson House votes to undo pesticide protections for nation’s waterways Opponents say Republican-led bill takes away the public’s right to know about pesticides. ThinkProgress | The U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday to pass a bill that dismantles a pesticide permitting system....

A Strong Case Against a Pesticide Does Not Faze E....

Chlorpyrifos is still on the market as an agricultural pesticide, routinely sprayed on common crops like apples, oranges, strawberries and broccoli.Credit Gerry Broome/Associated Press A Strong Case Against a Pesticide Does Not Faze E.P.A. Under Trump By  RONI CARYN RABIN MAY 15, 2017 nytimes.com | May 15, 2017 Some of the most compelling evidence linking a widely used pesticide to developmental problems in children stems...

Under Trump, inconvenient data is being sidelined

How Trump is rolling back Obama’s legacy View Graphic Under Trump, inconvenient data is being sidelined  By  Juliet Eilperin Washington Post | The Trump administration has removed or tucked away a wide variety of information that until recently was provided to the public, limiting access, for instance, to disclosures about workplace violations, energy efficiency, and animal welfare abuses. Some of the information relates to...

EPA asks what rules to cut, gets earful about dirt...

 The Trump administration got an earful Tuesday from people who say federal rules limiting air and water pollution aren’t tough enough, even as it was seeking suggestions about what environmental regulations it should gut. The Environmental Protection Agency Both the phone-in session and the nearly 6,000 written comments submitted so far and published on a federal website were dominated by those staunchly opposed to...

The Earth just reached a CO2 level not seen in 3 m...

The Earth just reached a CO2 level not seen in 3 million years Levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide hit record concentrations. Some records aren’t meant to be broken — but when it comes to climate change, humans still haven’t gotten the memo. Last fall, the Earth passed a major climate milestone when measurements taken at Hawaii’s Mauna Loa Observatory showed that atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide had...

Trump just deleted one of the government’s most im...

The Trump administration has officially deleted the Environmental Protection Agency’s Open Data Web service, and intends to pull it completely by next week. The United Kingdom-based Independent cited anonymous sources within the EPA who told the newspaper that the site would go dark by the end of the month, which would mean that Americans will no longer get to access the website’s data on climate and the environment as it...

Trump Shouldn’t Mess With The Clean Air Act, Ameri...

Nearly 4 in 10 Americans live in areas with dangerous levels of pollution, according to the ALA’s “State of the Air” report. WASHINGTON — A new report from the American Lung Association comes with a clear warning for the Trump administration and Congress: Continue America’s fight against pollution or jeopardize public health. On Wednesday, the ALA released its 18th annual “State of the Air” report, which found there’s been a...

Cutting science funding today costs us more overal...

 Cutting science funding today costs us more overall  “For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.” –Carl Sagan How much money should we spend on funding our grandest scientific endeavors as a society? Should we be trying to send humans to Mars? Trying to cure cancer? Investigate the mysteries of deep space? Working to develop new...

The Hidden Risks of Batteries: Child Labor, Modern...

With demand for cobalt and lithium surging, companies need to be aware of where they’re sourcing from.  The meteoric rise of lithium-ion batteries in the transport and IT sectors has been spurred by demand for technologies that reduce carbon emissions and decrease energy use. While this sounds like a win for everyone, there’s a darker side that could alter the perceptions of ethically minded consumers and create significant...

The top 10 things you need to know about the state...

This year, the UN will hold its first Oceans Conference at its Headquarters in New York from 5–9 June. It’s the first time that Member States hold a conference focusing only on how to protect and sustainably manage our oceans. I’ve been working on this issue for a few months now and it has made me realize just how much we take oceans for granted, and how much we (and by ‘we’ I mean governments, businesses, and regular...

Republican senator (Inhofe) thinks EPA cuts will k...

Republican senator thinks EPA cuts will keep the agency from ‘brainwashing our kids’ Sen. Inhofe is glad the Environmental Protection Agency will be downsized 30 percent. ThinkProgress | Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) is probably best known for bringing a snowball to the Senate floor in a sad, failed attempt to demonstrate that climate change is a myth. (It’s not). Now that President Trump has proposed cutting the budget for the...