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Here’s How California’s Largest Lake, the Salton Sea, Came to Be So ToxicOne of California's most polluted lakes, the Salton Sea, is home to algal blooms, polluted air, and copious amounts of dust — but it wasn't always that way.
Pollution Independence Day 2021: How to Get Involved and Support the Earth BillFriday, July 2, marks Pollution Independence Day, a day of climate action organized by a coalition of environmental groups.
Avoid These PFAS Chemicals, or "Forever Chemicals" At All CostsPFAS chemicals are some of the longest-lasting compounds around, but why are these “forever chemicals” so dangerous?
Sea Snot: A Nauseating Nuisance Plaguing Planet Earth's OceansSea snot is a disgusting new issue affecting our planet’s oceans, but why is this slimy substance such a problem?
Sustainable Shipping Options to Lower Your Small Business' Environmental ImpactPackaging and shipping can raise a business' environmental impact, but these sustainable shipping options will vastly improve your small business.
Which Bee Species Are Endangered — and How You Can HelpSeveral species of bees have been added to the endangered species list in recent years and here is why they are in trouble.
Is Any Type of Plastic Considered Eco-Friendly?Plastic is both a pollutant and a necessary component of our daily lives, but can plastic ever be eco-friendly?
Earth’s Carbon Levels Are Highest Since Measurements BeganAlthough less human activity during the pandemic did wonders for the environment, carbon dioxide levels in Earth's atmosphere are now at its highest.
How Pollution and Other Environmental Effects Can Affect Human DNAOur environment can affect many aspects of our lives, but can the environment change our DNA?
A Look Into Natural Gas Extraction: Fracking, Horizontal, and Vertical DrillingNatural gas is often touted as a “clean-burning” fossil fuel, but how it is extracted is anything but clean.
DDT Waste Is Still Polluting the Environment, Decades After the U.S. Banned the InsecticideDDT is now illegal to use as an insecticide, but what happened to all the DDT waste after it was finally outlawed?
Scientists Develop New Bioplastic That Is *Actually* CompostableScientists may have discovered the answer to plastic pollution by developing a fully biodegradable version of the plastic we've grown accustomed to.
Fukushima: About the 2011 Nuclear Disaster, Updates, and MoreJapan's Fukushima power plant was destroyed in 2011 after a tsunami hit, and its wastewater is about to be rereleased into surrounding waters.
In 2020, U.K. Water Companies Dumped Shocking Amounts of Sewage Into RiversEngland's environmental agency discovered water companies had dumped sewage into fresh river water 400,000 times in 2020, equal to about three million hours.
Manatee County, Florida's Piney Point Reservoir Is an Environmental DisasterWhat is happening in Florida's Piney Point Reservoir? Manatee County has declared a state of emergency, due to fears of a toxic chemical leak.
How to Safely Dispose of Used AntifreezeAntifreeze is a useful but highly hazardous material, so it’s important to find the right places to take and dispose of it.
Litter Pick-Up Committees: How to Get Involved in Your CommunityLitter pick-up committees bridge the gap between municipal sanitation and eco-conscious volunteerism.
Why Isn't Black Plastic Recyclable? Here's What You Should KnowCertain types of plastic — namely black plastic — is recycled differently than others of the like. That said, here's how to dispose of it properly.
Here's What You Need to Know About Israel's 2021 Oil SpillOil spills are an unfortunate effect of relying on non-renewable energy, and Israel's 2021 oil spill has been incredibly damaging, to say the least.
Our Planet Is Getting Darker Due to Global Dimming — Here's What That MeansWhat is global dimming? Our planet has gotten progressively darker in tandem with climate change, as a result of increased amounts of pollution.
What Are Some Ways That Humans Have Improved Climate Change?Human beings created many of the problems facing our environment today. Luckily, they have also discovered some ways to improve climate change as well.
How Can One Person Reduce Pollution?There are plenty of actions one person can take to help to reduce pollution — they just have to be mindful of their own environmental impact.
Fossil Fuel Air Pollution Kills 10.2 Million People Every Year, New Research FindsFossil fuel-caused air pollution prematurely kills around 10.2 million people every year, which is higher than previously thought.
Here's How Pipelines Directly Affect the Environment, Wildlife, and Human BeingsUnderground pipelines are the topic of much discussion these days, but why are these pipelines considered bad by so many? Keep reading for more.
Exploring How Different Energy Sources Cause Different Forms of PollutionCreating and utilizing energy always comes at a cost, especially when it comes to pollution.
How to Dispose of Paint SafelyDisposing of paint without using the proper methods and channels can be an environmental problem, but if you do it right, it should be pretty effortless.
What Is Ocean-Bound Plastic and What Can We Do About It?Plastic pollution is a prevailing problem in our world today, but how does ocean-bound plastic factor into the issue and is it something that we can mitigate?
Outta Ink? Here’s How to Recycle Your Used Ink CartridgesRecycling ink cartridges is actually far easier than you may think, and not nearly as expensive as trying to replace the darn things.
Recycling Is Supposed to Change the Planet — Here's Where Our System Is IneffectivePollution may be as persistent as ever, and while recycling is a solid step toward lowering your impact, the U.S.'s recycling system is faulty.
Plastic Pollution Kills Millions of Animals Every YearPlastic pollution has a negative impact on all living things on our planet, but the fruits of our petroleum-based labor are having the worst effect on wild animals.
Air Pollution Is a Global Problem — What Can We Do to Prevent It?Despite a slight downtick at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, air pollution is still one of the biggest environmental problems facing our world today, but what can we do to help prevent it?
Acid Rain: What Causes It and How It Affects Human HealthAcid rain is a dangerous phenomenon borne of consumption and pollution, but what specific pollutants cause acid rain to form or fall in the first place?
Microplastics Are Littering Our Planet — but Where Do They Come From?Where do microplastics come from? The tiny molecules can be found in the ocean, in the rainforest, and even human placenta. But where does it come from?
An Estimated 1.5 Billion Masks Have Entered Oceans In 2020According to a recent report by conservation organization OceansAsia, 1.5 billion face masks may have entered the oceans in 2020.
This Is How Air Pollution Impacts the Human BodyWe know that air pollution is bad for humans — and this is why.
Green Hydrogen: What It Is, Green Hydrogen Companies, and MoreWhat is green hydrogen? Everything you need to know regarding the sustainable fuel alternative, the U.S. plant currently in the works, and more.
England’s Straw Ban Finally Goes Into Effect — But Is It Just Low-Hanging Fruit?England’s ban on plastic straws, plastic stirrers, and plastic-stemmed cotton swabs is now law.
Maryland Just Became the First State to Ban Foam Takeout ContainersMaryland just became the first state to ban foam containers statewide.
California Bans Sale of Gas-Powered Cars by 2035, Prioritizing EVs StatewideCalifornia will no longer sell new gas-powered cars come 15 years from now, as Governor Gavin Newsom just signed an executive order.
NASA Took Satellite Images of the West Coast Wildfires From Outer Space — See the PhotosNASA captured satellite images from outer space of the wildfires currently ravaging the West Coast.
Cigarette Butts Are No Longer the No. 1 Littered Item on BeachesThe most littered item collected during the annual ICC has been cigarette butts for the past 34 years — but the most recent coastal cleanup found that plastic food wrappers has taken the top spot.
Trump’s EPA Is Letting Power Plants Dump Toxic Waste Into Rivers and StreamsTrump’s EPA has rolled back more Obama-era rules, meaning power plants now have more freedom to dump toxic wastewater into natural bodies of water.
The Plastic Industry Is Lobbying to Re-Pollute AfricaA plastic industry lobbying group wants to reverse Kenya's strict plastic bans, and open Africa up to more U.S. plastic trash.
So It's Too Late to Clean up the Ocean, Scientists Say — What Happens Now?Scientists believe it's too late to literally clean up the ocean — addressing issues on land is proven to be more effective to address ocean pollution.
How Gas Flaring Is Causing Premature Births in Latinx WomenNatural gas flaring could be causing adverse birth outcomes, such as premature births and underweight births, in Hispanic mothers in Texas.
How the Climate Crisis Is Affecting Childbirth Outcomes, Especially for Black MothersClimate change factors such as air pollution and rising temperatures are causing premature, underweight, and still births — especially for Black mothers.
Mountain Valley Pipeline Extension Delayed Due to Environmental ConcernsThe Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate Extension Project has been delayed due to environmental concerns.
Oil Spill Leaves Mauritius in State of Emergency — Here's How You Can HelpAn oil spill off the coast of Mauritius has left the tropical island country in a state of emergency.
What Is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?Learn about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch — what it is, why it’s there, what we're doing about it, and more.
How to Organize a Community Cleanup After a ProtestIf your community has held a protest, here’s how you can clean up your community afterwards.