Tag: Water Pollution

Dead Whale, 220 Pounds of Debris Inside, Is a ‘Grim Reminder’ of Ocean Trash

A dead sperm whale that washed up on a Scottish beach had more than 220 pounds of tangled netting, rope, plastic and other debris inside its stomach, according to a local whale research group. The 10-year-old male whale was found Nov. 30 on Luskentyre Beach in the Outer Hebrides after becoming stranded on a sand […]

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Cooking Grease Down a Drain Eyed in Sewage Flood of 300 Homes, Officials Say

A blocked pipe sent sewage flooding into 300 homes in a Queens neighborhood on Saturday, according to the mayor and New York City environmental protection officials, who were looking at a familiar culprit on the heels of Thanksgiving: cooking grease poured down a drain. The sewer line failure caused extensive property damage in the Jamaica […]

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William Ruckelshaus, Who Quit in ‘Saturday Night Massacre,’ Dies at 87

William D. Ruckelshaus, who resigned as deputy attorney general rather than carry out President Richard M. Nixon’s illegal order to fire the independent special Watergate prosecutor in the constitutional crisis of 1973 known as the “Saturday Night Massacre,” died on Wednesday at his home in Seattle. He was 87. His death was confirmed by his […]

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After a Giant Ship Goes Belly Up, Many Fear a Shoreline Is Next

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — Scott Owens has fished for decades in the gray waters off the Georgia coast. Usually this time of year, his phone would be filled with nothing but photographs of redfish and speckled trout he reeled in with clients who hired him as their guide. Instead, his catches have been crowded […]

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South Korea Stops Stream of Blood From Culled Pigs

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea said on Wednesday that it had successfully stopped a stream of red blood from tens of thousands of pigs possibly infected with African swine fever from reaching a river that provides drinking water for much of the population north of Seoul. Residents living in towns between Seoul and South […]

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The Hidden Cost of Gold: Birth Defects and Brain Damage

CIDAHU, Indonesia — Thousands of children with crippling birth defects. Half a million people poisoned. A toxic chemical found in the food supply. Accusations of a government cover-up and police officers on the take. This is the legacy of Indonesia’s mercury trade, a business intertwined with the lucrative and illegal production of gold. More than […]

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In Flint, Mich., Lead Crisis Moves From Homes to Schools

ImageNakiya Wakes and her son, Jaylon, in Flint, Mich.Credit…Brittany Greeson for The New York Times FLINT, Mich. — Nakiya Wakes could not understand how her wiry, toothy-grinned 6-year-old had gone from hyperactive one school year to what teachers described as hysterical the next. Then, in 2015, the state of Michigan delivered a diagnosis of sorts: […]

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E.P.A. Weakens Rules Governing Toxic Water Pollution From Coal Plants

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Monday moved to weaken an Obama-era regulation aimed at limiting the seepage of toxic pollution into water supplies from the ash of coal burning power plants, a change that coal industry leaders say could keep plants open longer and which environmental groups fear will increase the risk of water […]

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E.P.A. to Roll Back Rules on Coal Toxins

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is expected to roll back an Obama-era regulation that was to limit emissions of dangerous heavy metals like arsenic, lead and mercury from coal-fired power plants, according to two people familiar with the plans. In […]

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In the Sea, Not All Plastic Lasts Forever

A major component of ocean pollution is less devastating and more manageable than usually portrayed, according to a scientific team at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod, Mass., and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Previous studies, including one last year by the United Nations Environment Program, have estimated that polystyrene, a ubiquitous plastic […]

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New E.P.A. Lead Standards Would Slow Replacement of Dangerous Pipes

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration was expected on Thursday to propose new regulations on lead and copper in drinking water, updating a 20-year-old rule that may have contributed to the lead-tainted water crisis in Flint, Mich., that began in 2015. The draft plan, which was scheduled to be announced by the Environmental Protection administrator, Andrew […]

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It’s the Environment, Stupid

I don’t know who sold progressive Democrats on the idea that the way to beat Donald Trump is to abolish the private health insurance of 160 million Americans and offer instead “Medicare for all” (and Mexico will pay for it), but it’s a political loser and an easy target for Trump to feast on. A […]

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Newark Says Water Crisis Is Easing as Lead Filters Prove Mostly Effective

NEWARK — Officials in New Jersey’s largest city announced on Monday that thousands of water filters handed out to residents had significantly reduced lead in drinking water to safe levels. Bottled water would still be made available, but officials said the crisis that had gripped the city for months seemed to be easing. Testing done […]

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The Critters Doing $114 Million in Damage to Brooklyn’s Piers

No signs, fences or entreaties can keep these vandals away from the sprawling waterfront park at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge. They relentlessly attack the timber pilings that hold up the pristine lawns, basketball and handball courts, soccer and lacrosse fields, and roller skating rink, and threaten the future of an 85-acre park that […]

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The Florida Activist Is 78. The Legal Judgment Against Her Is $4 Million.

STUART, Fla. — Maggy Hurchalla’s piece of Florida heaven is a patch of pristine Atlantic shore accessible only by boat in St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park. She and her husband nicknamed it the “End of the World” when they first came upon it half a century ago, after paddling south along the barrier island […]

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Bahamas Stunned as Water Recedes: ‘It’s Like a Bomb Went Off’

TREASURE CAY, Bahamas — The pilot was anxious to help: he had gathered generators, diapers, tuna fish and other supplies. The people living on the islands in the Bahamas devastated by Hurricane Dorian needed them, immediately. But he wasn’t sure if there was anywhere to land. Flying with the pilot over the hardest-hit areas — […]

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Trump to Miners, Loggers and Drillers: This Land Is Your Land

The tug-of-war over America’s public lands between those who would protect them for future generations and those who would exploit them for immediate commercial gain has a long history. The two Roosevelts, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton were mostly sympathetic to the cause of conservation, Ronald Reagan and the second George Bush decidedly […]

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Indonesia Confronts, Belatedly, a Huge Oil Spill Near Jakarta

SEDARI, Indonesia — Fish and crustaceans usually run strong in the Java Sea, but the men of Sedari village, on the northern coast of the Indonesian island of Java, have no plans to go out on its waters. Weeks after an unexpected gush of crude oil from an offshore well sent an inky stain across […]

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I Helped Expose the Lead Crisis in Flint. Here’s What Other Cities Should Do.

Four years ago, with my white coat on, I stepped out of my pediatric clinic and held a news conference. Lifting a baby bottle filled with water from Flint, Mich., I shared my research: Lead was increasingly in the blood of Flint’s children. The powers-that-be tried to silence me initially, but persistence, activism, teamwork and […]

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