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…]

The EPA can’t wait to reopen the mine that poisoned North Idaho

The EPA can't wait to reopen the mine that poisoned North Idaho

Photo: Tubbs Hill on Lake Coeur d’Alene. – Kyle Johnson for Bloomberg Businessweek

The Bunker Hill Mine deposited 75 million tons of toxic sludge in Lake Coeur d’Alene, and the lead and zinc are still flowing.

For a century, the mines of the Coeur d’Alene Mountains in North Idaho produced much of the heavy metals that made the U.S. a global superpower. Starting in the 1880s, through the rise of … [more…]

Denied! Federal Judge Strikes Down Monsanto Claims, Orders Trial for Massive Environmental Damage to Proceed

Denied! Federal Judge Strikes Down Monsanto Claims, Orders Trial for Massive Environmental Damage to Proceed

Monsanto’s long history of toxic chemical manufacture hasn’t made it many friends outside other corporate interests, but still, most of us don’t know quite how far their toxic reach extends – and they’d like to keep it that way. Fortunately, at least one judge disagrees.

Thus far, Monsanto’s managed to survive at least in part by avoiding legal trouble, as their lawyers have somehow managed to get most of the

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