The tenuous plastic fibers, visible only through the magnified view of a microscope, sent Jacob Peterson reeling into eddies of anxiety.
The sudden upwelling of fear wasn’t completely new. The biology student suffered from anxiety in other areas of his life. But this was the first time his own research triggered the feeling.
“Realizing how much microplastic was in tap water and our drinking water really freaked me out,” he … [more…]
Science fair winner Angelina Arora of Australia demonstrated a biodegradable plastic made from natural material.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA What were you doing when you were a teenager?
Riding bikes, watching movies, learning trigonometry perhaps? Angelina Arora, from Sydney Girls High School, is doing all these things, but Angelina Arora is not your average teenager.
Arora explained to National Geographic the moment when she first understood the impact plastic was having on … [more…]
Drinking water for more than 170 million Americans in all 50 states contains radioactive elements that may increase the risk of cancer, according to an Environmental Working Group (EWG) investigation released Thursday. Radiation in tap water is a serious health threat, especially during pregnancy, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s legal limits for the most widespread radioactive elements are more than 40 years old.
But President Trump’s nominee to be … [more…]
Ronnie B. Levin spent 37 years at the E.P.A. working on lead exposure. She retired in November after what she described as months of low morale at the agency. This article was written through collaboration between The New York Times and ProPublica, the independent, nonprofit investigative journalism organization.
WASHINGTON — More than 700 people have left the Environmental Protection Agency since President Trump took office, a wave of departures that … [more…]
A team of McMaster University researchers is partnering with members of two First Nations communities, including the nearby Six Nations of the Grand River, to find out what is contaminating drinking water. The Co-creation of Indigenous Water Quality Tools project is Indigenous-led, meaning community members will help shape where, how and what contaminants the team looks for.
"It brings together scientific experts with what elders have always known," said Dawn