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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,...

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...

Even Small Spikes in Air Pollution Can Threaten Ch...

Climate change is making air pollution worse and is exacerbating smog-related health risks such as heart and lung diseases, pregnancy complications and development issues. Now, a study by the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has identified another health risk associated with rising air pollution: childhood psychiatric issues. According to the study, published in the journal Environmental Health...

These Scientists Were Disbanded by the EPA — They ...

A group of 20 scientists charged with reviewing the nation’s air quality standards plans to convene and to issue a report on the country’s air pollution regulations, even though the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) disbanded their panel. In a move that is consistent with the administration’s skepticism towards science and expertise, the EPA administrator, Andrew Wheeler, disbanded the Particulate...

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...

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...

Nuclear power offers an abundant supply of low-car...

July 31, 2019 — There’s a small red hammer and sickle flag of the old Soviet Union on my dresser at home. I found it years ago on the floor of a primary school in Pripyat, the town built for workers at the doomed Chernobyl nuclear plant in what is now Ukraine. Perhaps it had been waved by a child at a state occasion, or had been left behind in the rush to evacuate Pripyat after the world’s worst nuclear disaster in April...

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:...

Top 10 Heat-Related Terms You Need to Pay Attentio...

Because extreme heat is one of the deadliest weather hazards we currently face, Union of Concerned Scientist’s Killer Heat Report for the U.S. is the most important document I have read. It is a veritable wake up call for all of us. It is timely, eye-opening, transparent and factual and it deals with the stark reality of our future if we do not make changes quickly (think yesterday). It is important to ensure that we...

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...

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...

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,...