Pollution

Paris to Make Seine Swimmable Again After a Century

Paris to Make Seine Swimmable Again After a Century

Paris is referred to as the City of Light and the City of Love, and, until 1923, it was also a city of swimming. That year, swimming was banned in the Seine due to excess sewage being drained into the river following heavy rainfall, rendering the iconic river unsafe. An exception to the ban was […]

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    Coral Reefs Are Choking on Plastics

    Coral Reefs Are Choking on Plastics

    We already know that plastic is a top threat to marine life, with over 12.7 million metric tons of plastic waste entering the oceans each year. But a new study has found that 92% of global coral reefs surveyed, even remote reefs, are covered in plastics. The study, published in the journal Nature, surveyed 84 […]

    Scientists Create Biodegradable Plastics Made From Spirulina

    Scientists Create Biodegradable Plastics Made From Spirulina

    Plastics are everywhere. They’re used to make food packaging, bags, water bottles and for many other common applications. As they break down, their tiny particles — known as microplastics — end up in the ocean, on the highest mountaintops, in our lungs and in our blood. The problem with plastics is that they stay in […]

    LAX Bans Single-Use Plastic Water Bottle Sales

    LAX Bans Single-Use Plastic Water Bottle Sales

    One of the world’s busiest airports, Los Angeles International (known by its airport code LAX) has banned sales of single-use plastic water bottles. On June 30, LAX officials shared on Facebook that a ban on single-use plastic bottle sales in the airport would take place immediately. Officials recommend that visitors bring reusable alternatives and use […]

    Birds Around the World Are Building Their Nests With Trash

    Birds Around the World Are Building Their Nests With Trash

    A new study has found that 176 bird species around the world are building their nests with trash from humans, such as cigarette butts, candy wrappers and plastic string. Birds on all continents except Antarctica were found to make nests with this waste, which could harm the birds and the chicks. Researchers analyzed nearly 35,000 […]

    Nearly Half of U.S. Drinking Water Contains PFAS: USGS Study

    Nearly Half of U.S. Drinking Water Contains PFAS: USGS Study

    A new report from the U.S. Geological Survey has found that at least 45% of tap water in the country contains PFAS, or per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances. The study is the first to test for PFAS broadly across the country in both regulated public drinking water and private wells. USGS tested for 32 types […]