biodiversity

America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2013

America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2013

American Rivers For thirty years, our America’s Most Endangered Rivers report has highlighted urgent threats to rivers and has spurred the public to take action. Through the report, we have helped sound the alarm on hundreds of rivers, saving them from threats like pollution and new dams. The river at the top of the 2013 […]

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    100 Million+ Americans Exposed to Toxic Drinking Water

    100 Million+ Americans Exposed to Toxic Drinking Water

    Environmental Working Group Photo courtesy of Shutterstock A new Environmental Working Group analysis of 2011 water quality tests by 201 large U.S. municipal water systems that serve more than 100 million people in 43 states has determined that all are polluted with unwanted toxic chemicals called trihalomethanes. These chemicals, an unintended side effect of chlorination, […]

    Landmark Study Exposes the Impact of Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals on You, Your Family and the Environment

    Landmark Study Exposes the Impact of Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals on You, Your Family and the Environment

    United Nations Environment Programme World Health Organization Many synthetic chemicals, untested for their disrupting effects on the hormone system, could have significant health implications according to the State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and World Health Organization (WHO). The joint study calls for […]

    Mapping Project Tracks Logging for Biomass Energy

    Mapping Project Tracks Logging for Biomass Energy

    The Biomass Monitor by Josh Schlossberg The first and only electronic map tracking logging sites sourcing wood to a biomass energy facility has been released by Energy Justice Network, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization with field offices in Vermont, Pennsylvania and Oregon, and Biofuelwatch, an international organization based in Vermont and the UK. The initial […]

    European Agency Finds Insecticide Unacceptable Danger to Bees

    European Agency Finds Insecticide Unacceptable Danger to Bees

    Beyond Pesticides The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) yesterday presented its report which finds that the neonicotinoid class of insecticides poses unacceptable hazards to bees. The report concludes that certain crops treated with neonicotinoid chemicals—imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam—are of “critical concern” for bee health. Beekeepers and environmental activists welcome these recent scientific findings that they […]

    New Garbage Patch Discovered in the South Pacific Gyre

    New Garbage Patch Discovered in the South Pacific Gyre

    Scientists from The 5 Gyres Institute have discovered the first evidence of a “garbage patch,” an accumulation zone of plastic pollution floating in the South Pacific subtropical gyre. The new study, published in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin marks the first documentation of a defined oceanic garbage patch in the Southern Hemisphere, where little research […]

    EPA Annual Report Shows Increase of Toxic Chemicals to the Environment

    EPA Annual Report Shows Increase of Toxic Chemicals to the Environment

    Earthworks [Editor’s note: Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued its annual Toxics Release Inventory report. The Toxics Release Inventory provides Americans with vital information about their communities, including certain toxic chemical releases to the air, water and land. Total releases of toxic chemicals in 2011 increased for the second year in a row. The […]

    Extreme Fossil Fuel Extraction Impacts Future of Beluga Whales

    Extreme Fossil Fuel Extraction Impacts Future of Beluga Whales

    Natural Resources Defense Council By Taryn Kiekow National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Alaska Fisheries Science Center released last week its annual survey of endangered Cook Inlet beluga whales—and the findings don’t bode well for belugas. The 2012 population estimate is 312. According to NOAA, this is a “small, but not scientifically significant increase over […]

    Shell Oil Rig Runs Aground Raising Grave Concerns of Drilling in the Arctic

    Shell Oil Rig Runs Aground Raising Grave Concerns of Drilling in the Arctic

    National Wildlife Federation By Miles Grant A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Kodiak conducts hoists of the second of 18 crewmen from the mobile drilling unit Kulluk in 15 to 20-foot seas 80 miles southwest of Kodiak City Saturday, Dec. 29. The Coast Guard was prompted to rescue the crew of […]