water pollution

10% of U.S. Beaches Are Too Polluted for Swimming: How Does Your Favorite Rate?

10% of U.S. Beaches Are Too Polluted for Swimming: How Does Your Favorite Rate?

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) just released its 24th annual Beach Report, "Testing the Waters 2014," which identifies the most polluted beaches in the U.S. Shockingly, 10 percent of the

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Whale-Shaped Floating Garden Designed to Clean the World’s Rivers

Whale-Shaped Floating Garden Designed to Clean the World’s Rivers

Vincent Callebaut, visionary behind the Lilypad and Dragonfly, has created a whale-shaped floating garden designed to drift through the world's rivers while purifying their waters. The Physalia is a

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Remarkable 3D Maps Show Huge Blotches of Toxic Lead in the Atlantic

Remarkable 3D Maps Show Huge Blotches of Toxic Lead in the Atlantic

New 3D maps released at the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Honolulu show that a huge mass of Atlantic seawater is infused with traces of lead - a pollutant that was widely used in the automobile industry

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Microplastic Beads from Face Scrub Clog US Waterways and Poison Fish

Microplastic Beads from Face Scrub Clog US Waterways and Poison Fish

Image © Shutterstock Your toothpaste, facial scrub, or body wash may be clogging waterways with tiny plastic particles - without you even realizing it. One bottle of facial cleanser may contain as

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China Declares 8 Million Acres of Farmland Too Polluted to Grow Food

China Declares 8 Million Acres of Farmland Too Polluted to Grow Food

Over 8 million acres of Chinese countryside has been deemed too polluted to grow food. According to the Chinese cabinet, the farm land is too rife with heavy chemicals to support healthy vegetation, and

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Keystone XL to Take Heavy Toll on Endangered Species, Report Finds

Keystone XL to Take Heavy Toll on Endangered Species, Report Finds

There's no shortage of environmental concerns associated with the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. From projected annual spills of 34,000 gallons of oil to the ticking carbon bomb of 360 to 510 billion tons

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Could Louisiana’s Brain-Eating Amoebas be Linked to Hurricane Katrina?

Could Louisiana’s Brain-Eating Amoebas be Linked to Hurricane Katrina?

Image via Wikimedia Commons After tap water containing the brain-eating amoeba Naegleria fowleri claimed the life of a four-year-old boy in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, state epidemiologist Raoult

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100,000 Kilograms of Dead Fish Surface in Polluted River in China’s Latest Environmental Disaster

100,000 Kilograms of Dead Fish Surface in Polluted River in China’s Latest Environmental Disaster

Another shocking environmental disaster has hit China's waterways. Earlier this summer, 16,000 dead pigs floated through Shanghai's river and then 1,000 dead ducks emerged in the Sichuan river; now, an

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Picturesque Lagoon Dyed Black to Stop Swimmers From Taking a Dip in Toxic Water

Picturesque Lagoon Dyed Black to Stop Swimmers From Taking a Dip in Toxic Water

A picturesque lagoon in Buxton, England has been dyed black in an attempt to discourage swimmers who might be drawn in by its beauty, only to expose themselves to the dangerous chemicals, "car wrecks,

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The Fallacy of Cleaning the Gyres of Plastic With a Floating “Ocean Cleanup Array”

The Fallacy of Cleaning the Gyres of Plastic With a Floating “Ocean Cleanup Array”

As the policy director of the ocean conservation nonprofit 5Gyres.org, I can tell you that the problem of ocean plastic pollution is massive. In case you didn't know, an ocean gyre is a rotating current

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Wells Have Been Leaking Since 2004 Hurricane

Gulf of Mexico Oil Wells Have Been Leaking Since 2004 Hurricane

Photo © On Wings of Care When Hurricane Ivan coursed through the Gulf of Mexico in 2004, it knocked out operations at a Taylor Energy Company platform and ruptured several well heads in the area.

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Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to Be Downgraded From World Heritage Site

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to Be Downgraded From World Heritage Site

Photo via Shutterstock The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) warned the Australian government on Saturday that it may downgrade the World Heritage status of the

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Heavy Rainfall in Chicago Causes Sewage to Spew into Lake Michigan

Heavy Rainfall in Chicago Causes Sewage to Spew into Lake Michigan

Heavy rain overwhelmed Chicago's aged infrastructure yesterday, causing sewage to back up into homes and burst through manhole covers in the middle of the street. The videos make for pretty horrifying

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Caffeine-Addicted E. Coli Bacteria Could Decontaminate Coffee-Ridden Wastewater

Caffeine-Addicted E. Coli Bacteria Could Decontaminate Coffee-Ridden Wastewater

Photo via Shutterstock The news that the Pacific Ocean is polluted with coffee, or rather, caffeine in general, was pretty baffling. But one research team has developed a solution that may be even

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EPA Declares More than Half of US Rivers Unfit for Aquatic Life

EPA Declares More than Half of US Rivers Unfit for Aquatic Life

Photo via Shutterstock The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has declared that an astounding 55 percent of rivers and streams in the country are in “poor condition for aquatic

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Family Cloths: Reusable Toilet Wipes, Gross or Great?

Family Cloths: Reusable Toilet Wipes, Gross or Great?

Many of us who try to lead eco-conscious lifestyles are likely already using many reusable, washable fabric items for both household and personal use; cotton dish cloths, washable baby diapers,

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New Study Shows that Anti-Anxiety Meds in Waterways Alter Wild Fish Behavior

New Study Shows that Anti-Anxiety Meds in Waterways Alter Wild Fish Behavior

Photo via Shutterstock A new study has shown that pharmaceutical drugs polluting the world’s waterways may significantly change the behavior of wild fish. A study of wild perch found that the

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Local and State Governments Sue BP for $34 Billion for Deepwater Horizon Clean Up Costs and Economic Losses

Local and State Governments Sue BP for $34 Billion for Deepwater Horizon Clean Up Costs and Economic Losses

Last we heard from BP, the oil giant had agreed to pay $4.5 billion in penalties for its role in the Deepwater Horizon blowout that spewed oil into the Gulf of Mexico for several months in 2010. But that

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Two US Students Develop Affordable Ceramic Water Filtration System for Kenya

Two US Students Develop Affordable Ceramic Water Filtration System for Kenya

Two US students from Penn State University have developed an affordable ceramic water filtration system for Africa’s Sub-Saharan countries. The system is based on a design by the non-profit organization

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Elise Morin’s Water Carrier Installation Draws Attention to Water Resources in Slovakia

Elise Morin’s Water Carrier Installation Draws Attention to Water Resources in Slovakia

You may remember Morin's last installation, WasteLandscape, where she used used 65,000 reclaimed CD's to create artificial dunes in a warehouse in Paris. Her new installation uses 5,000 reclaimed test

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Ocean Animals Are Dissolving Due to Rapid Acidification Caused by Carbon Emissions

Ocean Animals Are Dissolving Due to Rapid Acidification Caused by Carbon Emissions

A recent study has uncovered the first evidence that chemical changes in the world's oceans due to an influx of CO2 is causing the shells of some sea animals to dissolve. The study was conducted by the

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Robo-Fish: The Robotic Fish Designed To Detect Pollution

Robo-Fish: The Robotic Fish Designed To Detect Pollution

While harbors and ports around the world are crucial to global trade, industrial activities are often responsible for high levels of pollution and water contamination. Fuel leaks, emissions, and general

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Smallest Seahorse in the US Set to Be Listed as Endangered as its Coastal Habitat Disappears

Smallest Seahorse in the US Set to Be Listed as Endangered as its Coastal Habitat Disappears

Common Seahorse Image from Shutterstock The dwarf seahorse, native to shallow seagrass along the Gulf of Mexico, Florida Keys and areas of the Caribbean, looks set to placed on the endangered species

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Amazing Purple Crabs Discovered in Philippines Already Endangered by Mining Activities

Amazing Purple Crabs Discovered in Philippines Already Endangered by Mining Activities

Scientists from Senckenberg Research Institute in Dresden and De La Salle University in Manila have discovered four new species of the extraordinarily colorful Insulamon freshwater crab on the island of

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Blown-Out Well Spills 2,000 Tons of Crude Oil into the Russian Arctic

Blown-Out Well Spills 2,000 Tons of Crude Oil into the Russian Arctic

Efforts to reopen a previously sealed oil well in the Russian Arctic caused up to 2,000 tons of crude to flow uncontrollably over a 37 hour period, covering an estimated 86,000 square feet of water around

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Japanese Volleyball Appears to Be First of Tsunami Debris to Reach Alaska

Japanese Volleyball Appears to Be First of Tsunami Debris to Reach Alaska

The first identifiable pieces of debris to be washed across the Pacific Ocean in the wake of last year's tsunami in Japan, a volleyball and a soccer ball, have reached the Alaskan coast. Discovered on the

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The World’s 6 Most Pressing Environmental Issues

The World’s 6 Most Pressing Environmental Issues

Water Pollution of a Copper Mine Exploitation Image from Shutterstock WATER Water; we can't live without it, and thankfully much of the Earth is made up of it. Yet we face major problems where the

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Report Says Chinese Textile Polluters Disregard Environmental Regulations

Report Says Chinese Textile Polluters Disregard Environmental Regulations

Bad news for the fashion industry - nearly 50 major apparel brands have links with factories that have been disregarding China’s environmental laws, according to Cleaning Up the Fashion Industry, a

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7 Biggest Threats to the Environment – Why We Still Need Earth Day

7 Biggest Threats to the Environment – Why We Still Need Earth Day

Climate Change Climate change is first and foremost an issue because people can't even agree on whether or not it's an issue in the first place. Before we even get into the solutions, we all (regardless

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Greenpeace’s 3D Street Art Teaches About Toxic Chemicals in Our Laundry

Greenpeace’s 3D Street Art Teaches About Toxic Chemicals in Our Laundry

Greenpeace activists and Planet Streetpainting artists teamed up to create this amazing optical illusion at the World Fashion Centre in Amsterdam. The piece is bringing attention to hidden toxic

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