Drinking Tap Water — the Simplest Solution to Ocean Plastic Pollution?

Environment Drinking Tap Water Might Be the Simplest Solution to Ocean Plastic Pollution

Is the solution to plastic water bottle pollution as simple as educating the masses that their tap water is safe to drink? Photo: Elite Reader

Beaches are beautifully serene places. Imagine waves rolling in over a beautiful white sand beach in a calming splash. Relaxing, no? Now imagine a place where the sand is covered in plastic debris – all of which was fluttering through the ocean before it arrived … [more…]

Your laundry is more toxic than you think

art: Your laundry is more toxic than you think

Conservation photographer Ben Von Wong is drawing attention to a serious pollution threat with these ‘Toxic Laundry’ photos. (Photo: Ben Von Wong )

If you’re like most Americans, you have a closet filled with clothes made from synthetic materials. Fleece jacket? Check. Yoga pants. Yup. That little black dress? Probably.

Today, if you’re wearing clothes, then you’re probably wearing polyester and the plastic that comes with it. According to Tecnon

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Lawsuit Launched Against Trump EPA for Approving Fracking Waste Dumping Into Gulf of Mexico

Lawsuit Launched Against Trump EPA for Approving Fracking Waste Dumping Into Gulf of Mexico

The Center for Biological Diversity filed on Thursday a formal notice of intent to sue the Trump administration for allowing oil companies to dump waste from fracking and drilling into the Gulf of Mexico without evaluating the dangers to sea turtles, whales or other imperiled marine life.

In September the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA ) finalized a Clean Water Act permit for new and existing offshore oil and … [more…]

Proving Terrible For the Marine Life: Microplastics

photo: glittering holiday ornaments. Proving Terrible For the Marine Life by Microplastics

A seemingly harmless arts and craft material, glitter has been a part of fun Do It Yourself projects, an intricate part of the fashion and makeup world, and an all-around well-loved item for years. Yet beneath all that glitz and glam lies an unfortunate and little-known truth: that glitter is causing serious harm to the environment.

Glitter is known for its tendency to stick to all available surfaces and be … [more…]

Potential Health Effects of Municipal Water Reuse in Kansas

photo: irrigation sprinklers. Potential Health Effects of Municipal Water Reuse in Kansas

In 2013, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback called on the Kansas Water Office and the Kansas Department of Agriculture to develop a long-term vision for water in Kansas. The resulting Kansas Water Vision provides a set of strategies related to conservation, water management, technological advancements in irrigation and plant varieties, and the development of new sources of water supply.

By calling for an evaluation of the sources and potential uses of … [more…]