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pollution

For the first time ever, researchers have "housebroken" cows

Controlling where cow waste ends up could lead to cleaner air and water and decreased greenhouse gas emissions

Infants are being exposed to PFAS chemicals in breast milk

A new study finds that currently used PFAS — thought to be less dangerous than "legacy" versions — are becoming increasingly common in our bodies

Air quality monitors mounted on public transit see pollution other sensors miss

Researchers in Salt Lake City are using light rail trains to measure the city's air pollution

Ozone in the air is bad for birds

Regulations addressing air pollution have prevented the deaths of 1.5 billion birds over the past 40 years

PFAS chemicals reach remote oceans and accumulate in whales, dolphins, and other ocean life

Scientists studying the 'forever chemicals' say this trend is concerning

California's wildfires are poisoning drinking water supplies

Pipes absorb a litany of chemicals from fires and firefighting, which leach into the water

A version of this article originally appeared on Undark

Industrial chemical polluters are almost unregulated in the US. We can do more

The existing regulatory framework puts too much burden on the Environmental Protection Agency — and too little on manufacturers

A version of this article originally appeared on Truthout

The EPA is unleashing the pollution that makes people vulnerable to COVID-19

Breathing in pollution directly worsens coronavirus outcomes. Regulations keep getting loosened

LEGO bricks can take hundreds of years to degrade

Just because they're not single-use doesn't mean that they're great for the environment

Oil spills melt the superpowers of the double-crested cormorant

Birds have to work harder to stay warm after being repeatedly exposed to spilled oil, study finds

Sanguine glimpses of positive environmental change on pandemic-Twitter

Homebound humans allow Mother Nature to stretch her legs, but that doesn't mean our current situation is a good thing

Artificial lights are disrupting firefly mating, putting them on the road to extinction

Light pollution impacts mating success and courtship behavior in fireflies, says recent study

Algae are eating microplastics. From there, they can climb up the food chain to us

Freshwater microbes can absorb components of microplastics before getting eaten by other creatures

Lead poisoning hits low-income children harder than their affluent neighbors

Children living in poverty suffer greater cognitive and physical effects from lead exposure than children from richer families, even if they live in the same area

Hermit crabs are using old bottle caps and plastic as shells — and it's killing them slowly

Around 570,000 crabs become entrapped in debris each year on the Henderson and Cocos (Keeling) islands

A version of this article originally appeared on Museum of the Moving Image: Sloan Science & Film

What "Dark Waters" gets right about the DuPont/PFAS water pollution case

The movie underscores the dangers of polyfluoroalyl substances in the environment and the corporate malfeasance that led to it

Good news: Canadian Arctic seals have not been eating plastics

Publishing null results helps us understand where wildlife is safe from plastic ingestion

Climate change's future of pain and disease isn't imminent, it's already here

A new Lancet Countdown report presents the lifelong health consequences that a child born today will face

A plastic glove being thrown in hazardous waste garbage bin.

Science has a garbage problem. Why aren't recycling schemes more popular?

Research institutions need to reflect on their attitudes toward plastic waste and make sustainability a priority in laboratories

People across Southeast Asia are breathing in toxic particles because of large fires

New research estimates that carbon particles released from large scale Indonesian fires cause around 36,000 deaths per year

Don't recycle paper. "Unprint" it

This could decrease paper's environmental impact five-fold

You're eating, drinking, and breathing microplastics. Now what?

What are the health implications of eating 250 pieces of microplastic per day?

There's no corner of the globe safe from microplastic pollution

These tiny plastic pieces have now been detected on top of mountains, in the soil, and even in your honey

colorful liquid with bubbles of chemicals

These unregulated, potentially dangerous chemicals are probably already in your bloodstream

Researchers have known that there are unsafe compounds in our water for decades, but the government is just starting to catch up

After Hurricane Florence, North Carolina's water quality will go down the toilet

Floodwaters contaminated with coal ash, human sewage, and animal waste throw the entire watershed out of balance