featured news

Join our newsletter

The best of EcoWatch, right in your inbox. Sign up for our email newsletter!

    Rachel Maddow Exposes Dirty Deal in Duke Energy Toxic Coal Ash Spill

    Rachel Maddow Exposes Dirty Deal in Duke Energy Toxic Coal Ash Spill

    Hear the latest on the 73 Olympic-size swimming pools worth of toxic sludge that Duke Energy dumped into North Carolina waterways starting Super Bowl Sunday in this Rachel Maddow interview with Michael Gerrard, professor of environmental law at Columbia University. Gerrard talks about a North Carolina federal investigation into this coal ash leak disaster. For more information […]

    Highly Contaminated Water Still Pouring Into Public Drinking Source on Dan River

    Highly Contaminated Water Still Pouring Into Public Drinking Source on Dan River

    [This is the fourth article in a four-part series. Read part one, read part two, read part three.] Waterkeeper Alliance and Yadkin Riverkeeper have obtained the results from a second round of water sampling on the Dan River in the wake of the third largest coal ash spill in recent U.S. history. Their results confirm that highly-contaminated […]

    4 Reasons the Sochi Olympics Are an Environmental Disaster

    4 Reasons the Sochi Olympics Are an Environmental Disaster

    By Kevin Mathews You may see a lot of gold, silver and bronze at the Olympics, but one color you definitely won’t see much of in Sochi is green. Years ago, Russia won its Olympic bid in large part by pledging to host the most environmentally friendly Games ever. Now, however, it’s clear that Sochi did not […]

    Bee Week of Action: 27,000+ Demand Stores Stop Selling Harmful Pesticides

    Bee Week of Action: 27,000+ Demand Stores Stop Selling Harmful Pesticides

    This week, more than 27,000 people coast-to-coast are swarming Lowe’s and Home Depot stores to support the bees that pollinate our flowers for Valentine’s Day. In a coalition campaign called the Bee Week of Action, Beyond Pesticides, Friends of the Earth and allies are delivering more than half a million petition signatures and Valentines asking […]

    Scientist Takes a Closer Look at the Deep-Sea Impacts of BP Gulf Oil Spill

    Scientist Takes a Closer Look at the Deep-Sea Impacts of BP Gulf Oil Spill

    By Alexis Baldera Most images related to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster are of oil floating on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico or washing up on its shores, but what has happened in the deep-sea environment? Dr. Paul Montagna of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi explores that question. In a recent publication in PLOS ONE, he estimated […]

    Breaking: Third Coal-Related Spill in the Last Month Contaminates West Virginia Waterway

    Breaking: Third Coal-Related Spill in the Last Month Contaminates West Virginia Waterway

    The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is investigating a coal slurry spill, reported to be of “significant” size, from a pipe that ruptured early this morning at the Kanawha Eagle Prep Plant in Kanawha County, WV. The slurry spilled into Fields Creek and has apparently begun to reach the Kanawha River, about 3.5 miles away. The slurry […]

    100+ Jewelers Say ‘No’ to Dirty Gold For Valentine’s Day

    100+ Jewelers Say ‘No’ to Dirty Gold For Valentine’s Day

    Just in time for Valentine’s Day, more than 100 of the world’s leading jewelry retailers—including eight of the top 10 in the U.S.—have committed to more responsible metals sourcing by signing the No Dirty Gold campaign’s Golden Rules. “Dirty gold just isn’t romantic,” said Payal Sampat of Earthworks’ No Dirty Gold campaign. “Retailers don’t want consumers […]