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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The Trump administration repealed the 2015 Clean Water Rule rule Thursday, a rule intended to protect 60 percent of the nation’s waterways from pollution, The New York Times reported.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...

Proposal would reduce water samples monitored in O...

For 40 years, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has had one of the top biological water quality monitoring programs in the country. But testing frequency has lapsed in recent years, and it has sometimes taken 20 or more years for researchers to get back out to some of the state’s 98 watersheds. The agency has proposed moving to a new monitoring program that would funnel the watersheds into 37 “project areas” to reduce the...

A solar-powered system can turn salt water into fr...

People have been trying to turn seawater into drinking water for thousands of years, but the process is not usually energy-efficient or affordable. At a newly constructed facility in Kenya, however, a nonprofit called GivePower is tackling that challenge using solar power. The desalination system, which started operating in the coastal area of Kiunga in July 2018, can create 19,800 gallons (75,000 liters) of fresh drinking...

Groundwater Depletion May Cause Domestic Wells to ...

Well depths are increasing across much of the United States, but advocates worry drilling deeper isn’t the solution. In the United States, some 120 million Americans—and nearly all Americans in rural areas—rely on underground aquifers for drinking water, farmers tap into groundwater stores to irrigate their crops, and the industrial sector uses underground water during the manufacturing process. But the U.S. has been...

Babies Born Near Oil and Gas Wells Are Up to 70% M...

Researchers at the University of Colorado studied pregnant women who are among the 17 million Americans living within a mile from an active oil or gas well “Looking at where mothers lived immediately before pregnancy and during the first critical weeks after conception and what was going on at nearby fracking wells, researchers found startling patterns,” said public health advocate Dr. Sandra Steingraber. (Photo:...

Editorial: Until we eliminate toxic algae, warning...

Tuesday Posted Jul 9, 2019 at 12:01 AM Updated at 8:53 AM Folks really ought not to swim in potentially toxic algae that could make them sick. Seems like that might go without saying, but Buckeye Lake’s Crystal Beach and Fairfield Beach recently had people wading and swimming in the stuff despite signs warning of unsafe toxin levels. Perhaps it’s understandable because the algae has become such an annual fixture in Ohio that...

Every Mississippi Beach Is Closed Due to Toxic Alg...

If you’re looking to cool off in the waters of Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, think again. A toxic algal bloom has made the waters dangerous to humans and their pets. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has shut down swimming at all of its beaches due to a blue-green harmful algal bloom, according to CNN. Toxic algae are dangerous to touch and poisonous when swallowed. It can cause rashes, stomach...

Solar Panel Farm Grows 17,000 Tons Of Food Without...

Farming is probably the world’s oldest profession and something that is obviously universal to every culture and race in the world. Since the beginning of time, farming has been the backbone of any society. While the methods may differ based on such things as technology, environment and financial means, the one thing that never changes is that farming will always be a necessity. So, anything that can safely help farmers more...

This Fourth of July, You’ll See 70% More Algae Out...

Over the Fourth of July holiday, many of us love to beat the heat in a favorite lake, pond or river. But this year, vacationers from coast to coast will have to look out for a potentially record-breaking number of algae blooms. So far this year there have been news stories about 107 algae outbreaks, compared to just 63 this time last year. That’s a 70 percent increase. EWG’s interactive map tracks news reports of...

How to Combat Weeds … Gently

Spraying chemicals in the yard is a tempting shortcut for many a home gardener looking to protect a tasty crop or a bed of flowers. But weed killers aren’t necessary, and they may be linked to health risks. To embark on a natural plan of weed suppression, start by deciphering your yard’s condition: Is it ablaze with dandelions? Taken over by crabgrass? You’ll need to customize your approach depending on the...

The Scary New Math of Factory Farm Waste

It has been almost a year since Hurricane Florence slammed the Carolinas, dumping a record 30 inches of rainfall in some parts of the states. At least 52 people died, and property and economic losses reached $24 billion, with nearly $17 billion in North Carolina alone. Flood waters also killed an estimated 3.5 million chickens and 5,500 hogs. A lesser-known impact of the devastating hurricane was revealed through satellite...

7 Reasons You May Want to Become a Vegetarian

Global consumption of beef, lamb and goat is expected to rise by almost 90 percent between 2010 and 2050. But that doesn’t mean you need to eat more meat. In fact, recent news from Washington gives you even less confidence in your meat: Pork inspections may be taken over by the industry itself, if a Trump administration proposal goes into effect, putting tests for deadly pathogens into the hands of line workers. If...

Trump’s EPA is ‘cooking the books’ to justify its ...

Experts call it a “deeply cynical strategy” that puts lives at risk. Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is working to distort the way it measures the benefits of some of the agency’s most impactful policies, regulations that safeguard human health by limiting air pollution. The primary beneficiary of such distortion? The coal industry. When the government evaluates the health and financial benefits of clean air,...