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‘This Will Be the Biggest Loss of Clean Wate...

Today, the Trump administration will finalize its replacement for the Obama-era Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule in a move that will strip protections from more than half of the nation’s wetlands and allow landowners to dump pesticides into waterways, or build over wetlands, for the first time in decades. President Donald Trump has been working to undo the 2015 rule since he took office, but his replacement...

US drinking water widely contaminated with ‘foreve...

The contamination of U.S. drinking water with man-made “forever chemicals” is far worse than previously estimated with some of the highest levels found in Miami, Philadelphia and New Orleans, said a report on Wednesday by an environmental watchdog group. The chemicals, resistant to breaking down in the environment, are known as perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. Some have been linked to cancers, liver damage, low birth...

Boxed water, switching straws: How Giant Eagle wil...

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Giant Eagle will stop using single-use plastic bags at its grocery stores in Cuyahoga County beginning Jan. 1, but it’s planning to do more than that to reduce plastic use. The Pittsburgh-based grocery chain will consider new options for straws in fountain beverages at its Get Go gas stations. It will introduce boxed water next year to reduce use of plastic bottles. And it will explore other options...

Governor DeWine Announces H2Ohio Water Quality Pla...

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today unveiled H2Ohio, a comprehensive, data-driven water quality plan to reduce harmful algal blooms, improve wastewater infrastructure, and prevent lead contamination. “We have a moral obligation to preserve and protect our natural resources,” Governor DeWine said during a speech at the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo. “My H2Ohio plan is a dedicated, holistic water quality strategy...

Terra Firma #1: The Best Story Ever

Ed. note: This piece is taken from Courtney’s new weekly newsletter. If you would like to subscribe, please go here. Welcome to Terra Firma by Courtney White. I’ve spent my life prospecting for innovative, practical, and collaborative answers to pressing problems involving land and people, sharing them with others. I’d like to share them with you! I’ve been involved with save-the-world work for over thirty years (yikes!) and...

Coke and Pepsi Are The World’s Top Consumer Plasti...

Coca-Cola was found to be the most polluted brand in the world for the second year in a row, according to a global audit of collected plastic trash conducted by the Break Free From Plastic global movement, as The Intercept reported. While Nestle, Pepsi and snack-maker Mondelez followed Coca-Cola, the Atlanta-based beverage giant was responsible for more plastic litter than the other three combined, according to the report...

Overall, how safe is drinking water for most peopl...

Sometimes our drinking water systems experience dangerous failures, such as the Flint lead poisoning disaster that made major news beginning in 2014. But outside those headline grabbing crises, how safe is our drinking. The nonprofit Environmental Working Group wants to help you answer that question. It has collected all the water-quality information that utilities in the U.S. submit to their state environmental or public...

Curbing runoff from giant livestock farms key to s...

CHICAGO – Summer may be over, but eyes still need to be on Lake Erie. Toxic algal blooms had another bad year, covering 620 square miles of the lake at one point with a thick green scum and microcystin toxins. The situation won’t improve until the manure and fertilizer runoff pollution causing the toxic algal blooms is significantly reduced. Until then, safe clean drinking water will be impaired and at risk every summer,...

Ocean Cleaning Device Succeeds in Removing Plastic...

An enormous floating device designed by Dutch scientists for the non-profit Ocean Cleanup successfully captured and removed plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the company announced Wednesday, as CNN reported. Ocean Cleanup has been hard at work on creating a device to attack the plastic waste crisis for seven years, by creating a device that captures plastic in its fold like a giant arm, according to Business...

Gov. DeWine orders testing for ‘forever chemicals’...

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and Ohio Department of Public Health have been ordered by the governor to test for toxic fluorinated chemicals in the state’s drinking water. Ohio has not created standards to limit the chemicals. Other states, including Michigan, have independently set much lower limits compared to a federal advisory on the chemicals in an effort to protect public health. Gov. Mike DeWine has ordered...

Just One Tea Bag Can Release Billions of Microscop...

From Arctic snow to the deep sea, microplastics have been found in some unusual places. Now, it turns out they could be lurking at the bottom of your cup of tea! McGill University chemical engineering professor Nathalie Tufenkji decided to test tea bags after she was given one in a Montreal cafe that looked like it was made from plastic. “I said, ‘Oh God, I’m sure if it’s plastic it’s, like,...

Delicate Wash Cycle Uses More Water and Releases 8...

The delicate wash cycle uses much more water than other settings, which triggers the release of hundreds of thousands of plastic microfibers, which travel down the drain and potentially into marine waterways, according to a new study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology. Researchers at Newcastle University in the UK found that the delicate cycle, which uses about twice as much water as other...

Trump Admin Repeals Obama-Era Clean Water Protecti...

The Trump administration repealed the 2015 Clean Water Rule rule Thursday, a rule intended to protect 60 percent of the nation’s waterways from pollution, The New York Times reported. At stake is the definition of “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. The Obama-era rule expanded that definition from larger bodies of water to include streams and wetlands. Thursday’s repeal will...

New cause for concern over weedkiller glyphosate

New research from McGill University reveals an overlooked impact that the widely used herbicide glyphosate may be having on the environment. First commercialized by Monsanto under the name Roundup, glyphosate has come under scrutiny in the past, mostly in relation to its potential toxicity. This new research, published recently in the Ecological Society of America’s Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, focuses not on...

Green Turtles Are Mistaking Plastic for the Sea Gr...

Endangered green turtles are having a problem. They’re mistaking plastic pollution for the seaweed they survive on, according to new research from the University of Exeter in the UK and the Society for the Protection of Turtles in Cyprus, as Newsweek reported. Green sea turtles use their eyesight to find food, so long, thin bits of green, black or clear plastic that resemble sea grass deceived many turtles. And, the...