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Career EPA Staff Objected to Trump Administration&...

Attorneys and scientists with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) objected to the Trump administration’s proposal of a “significant new use rule” (SNUR) for asbestos, according to internal agency emails obtained by the The New York Times. Trump’s former EPA boss Scott Pruitt quietly announced the proposal in June, framing the plan as an “important, unprecedented action on...

How a Pediatrician Became a Detective

Dr. Hanna-Attisha exposed the lead poisoning of children in Flint, MFLINT, Mich. — Lead. It was real. I could see it in the blood of kids who visited my medical clinic here. It was the end of the summer of 2015, and children were being poisoned. Ever since the city’s water source had been switched from Detroit’s municipal system to the Flint River 17 months before, residents had been complaining, holding meetings and...

Plastic Bag Found at the Bottom of the World’...

Man-made trash has sunk to new depths. A recent paper published in the journal Marine Policy details the staggering amount of plastic and other debris found at the bottom of the world’s deepest ocean trench. At least 3,000 pieces of litter, with some dating back 30 years, can be found in the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench. This information was obtained by researchers combing through the Deep-sea Debris Database...

Minnesota Researchers Find Microplastics In Beer M...

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have found microplastics in 12 brands of beer made with water from the Great Lakes. The study also found plastics contamination in sea salt and tap water from around the world. The study was led by UMN School of Public Health graduate student Mary Kosuth with assistance from microplastics expert Sherri Mason of State University of New York at Fredonia, and overseen by UMN School of...

Trump Admin. Blocked Toxic Chemicals Study Fearing...

Officials with the White House and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA) tried to block a critical report on a class of toxic chemicals after a White House aide warned that a “public relations nightmare” would follow after its release, according to emails reported by POLITICO on Monday. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)—a unit within the Department of Health and Human...

Study: Water near fracked Wyo gas field disrupts h...

A study has found that polluted groundwater near a fracked Wyoming oil and gas field is more disruptive to human cells than tainted groundwater sampled near conventional oil and gas operations. The study by researchers at the University of Missouri and other institutions is believed to be the first to compare the effects of fracking-linked pollution to those of conventional oil and gas development pollution. Research found...

Personal Care Products as Dangerous for the Air as...

People’s efforts to keep themselves clean are actually making the air dirtier, at least in Boulder, Colorado. A study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Cooperative Institute for Research In Environmental Sciences (CIRES) found that emissions from personal care products commuters use before leaving in the morning were roughly equivalent in magnitude to emissions from the tailpipes of...

On Earth Day, 5 facts about environmental policy a...

On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans participated in massive rallies and events across the country with the goal of raising awareness of the deterioration of the environment, and to spur government action to support a healthier and more sustainable world. By the end of that year, their voices were heard: bipartisan efforts in Congress led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and the...

We’re Drowning in Seas of Plastic

The fossil fuel era must end, or it will spell humanity’s end. The threat isn’t just from pollution and accelerating climate change. Rapid, wasteful exploitation of these valuable resources has also led to a world choked in plastic. Almost all plastics are made from fossil fuels, often by the same companies that produce oil and gas. Our profligate use of plastics has created swirling masses in ocean gyres....

85,000 Petition Supermarket Giant to Open Plastic-...

An online petition calling on the nation’s largest supermarket chain to open a plastic-free aisle has surpassed 85,000 signatures. The Care2 petition, launched less than a week ago, asks Kroger Co. to curb plastic packaging in its 2,800 branches. The campaigners were inspired to take action after Dutch grocery store chain Ekoplaza launched the world’s first plastic-free aisle in one of its Amsterdam markets last...

One Mom’s Campaign to Save the Swimmers

“I want grandkids one day, so sperm is important to me because I’ve got three young boys,” said mom, author and social media genius Leah Segedie in a video introducing her “Save the Swimmers” campaign. “This is where my youngest rolls his eyes at me and says, ‘I know Mom. Avoiding plastics can help save my swimmers, oooh kay.’ But to me this is no laughing matter. Over 25 years...

Dicamba Drift Could Put 60 Million Acres of Monarc...

Dicamba—a drift-prone herbicide linked to millions of acres of off-target crop damage across in 17 states—destroys mostly everything in its path except the crops that are genetically engineered to resist it. It’s so damaging that several states, including Arkansas, Tennessee and Missouri have introduced temporary bans on the weedkiller. There’s now another reason to worry about the controversial chemical....

Why Can’t the U.S. Treat Gun Violence as a P...

A 1996 bill has had a chilling effect on the CDC’s ability to research firearms. Like ​The Atlantic? Subscribe to ​The Atlantic Daily​, our free weekday email newsletter. After a deadly shooting, the debate always, it seems, breaks down like this: One side argues for gun control, and the other argues there is no research proving those measures work. There is, in fact, little research into gun violence at all—especially...

Trump EPA Slammed for Ag Giant’s ‘Absu...

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a settlement this week with Syngenta Seeds, LLC over violations of federal pesticide regulations at its farm in Kauai, Hawaii. The company, a subsidiary of Swiss biotech giant Syngenta AG, agreed to pay a civil penalty of $150,000 and spend another $400,000 on worker protection training sessions. “Reducing pesticide exposure for the millions of farmworkers who...

Ozone layer declining over populated zones: study

The ozone layer that protects life on Earth from deadly ultraviolet radiation is unexpectedly declining above the planet’s most populated regions, according to a study released Tuesday. A 1987 treaty, the Montreal Protocol, banned industrial aerosols that chemically dissolved ozone in the high atmosphere, especially above Antarctica. Nearly three decades later, the “ozone hole” over the South Pole and the...