In ‘Historic Vote,’ Ohio City Residents Grant Lake Erie Legal Rights of a Person

photo: Lake Erie and the Ohio shoreline

“What Toledo voters and other places working on rights of nature are hoping is to not only change laws but to change culture.”

Tired of receiving notices warning that their drinking water may have been compromised and having little recourse to fight corporate polluters, voters in Toledo, Ohio on Tuesday approved a measure granting Lake Erie some of the same legal rights as a human being.

Sixty-one percent of voters … [more…]

Gonzaga study reveals high levels of microplastics in Spokane River, suggests particles in drinking water as well

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…]

Teenager Invents Plastic Bag Made From Shrimp

photo: large whale shark swimming alongside a plastic bag

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…]

170 Million Americans Drink Radioactive Tap Water

170 Million Americans Drink Radioactive Tap Water

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…]

E.P.A. Officials, Disheartened by Agency’s Direction, Are Leaving in Droves

Ronnie B. Levin sitting by the water

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…]