pollution

Texas the Biggest Culprit in Toxic Waterway Discharge in U.S., Report Finds

Texas the Biggest Culprit in Toxic Waterway Discharge in U.S., Report Finds

A new report from nonprofit Environment America analyzed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data and found that Texas is the No. 1 state in the U.S. for discharging of toxic pollutants into streams, rivers and lakes.  Environment America has been producing the report since 2009. Since the first analysis of the EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory […]

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    Record Amounts of Stinky, Fish-Killing Seaweed Swamping Caribbean Coasts

    Record Amounts of Stinky, Fish-Killing Seaweed Swamping Caribbean Coasts

    Across Caribbean coasts, sargassum is covering the beaches. This smelly seaweed doesn’t just stink — it also kills fish and other marine life and impacts local economies by making activities like kayaking and snorkeling nearly impossible. In June, the amount of sargassum broke the all-time record for the amount of this brown seaweed in the […]

    How to Organize a Local Beach Cleanup

    How to Organize a Local Beach Cleanup

    If you live near the coast, you’re probably tired of seeing debris left behind or washed up on beaches. Plastic bags, bottles, food containers, fishing line, toys and even hazardous waste are just a few of the types of garbage that litter our coastlines. Drain runoff, commercial ships and beachgoers are just a few of […]

    Human Trash Discovered on Mars

    Human Trash Discovered on Mars

    No human being has yet set foot on Mars, but something has preceded us.  NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover announced on its Twitter account Wednesday that it had encountered a piece of human-generated litter on the Red Planet. “My team has spotted something unexpected: It’s a piece of a thermal blanket that they think may have […]

    50% of U.S. Lakes and Rivers Are Too Polluted for Swimming, Fishing, Drinking

    50% of U.S. Lakes and Rivers Are Too Polluted for Swimming, Fishing, Drinking

    Fifty years ago, the U.S. passed the Clean Water Act with the goal of ensuring  “fishable, swimmable” water across the U.S. by 1983. Now, a new report from the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) finds the country has fallen far short of that goal. In fact, about half of the nation’s lakes and rivers are too polluted for swimming, fishing or drinking.