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Most Rainwater on Earth Contains PFAS Exceeding Safe Levels, Study Finds

Most Rainwater on Earth Contains PFAS Exceeding Safe Levels, Study Finds

New research from Stockholm University shows that PFAS in rainwater around the world are exceeding safe levels. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are chemical pollutants, often called “forever chemicals” present in many everyday items, like food packaging and clothing. The chemicals leach into the environment, affecting everything from the air we breathe to even rainfall. […]

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    Up to 40% of the World’s Land Is Degraded by Humans, UN Report Warns

    Up to 40% of the World’s Land Is Degraded by Humans, UN Report Warns

    Human activity has degraded as much as 40 percent of the world’s land, impacting half of the people on Earth and putting about half of global gross domestic product at risk. That’s the stark finding of the Global Land Outlook 2, a new report from the UN’s Council to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). With more than […]

    How Climate Change Will Impact Coffee, Avocados and Cashews

    How Climate Change Will Impact Coffee, Avocados and Cashews

    Coffee, avocados and cashews are crops beloved by consumers and essential to the livelihoods of tropical farmers. But how will the climate crisis impact their future growth? A new study published in PLOS One Wednesday looked at how suitable growing areas for these delicious and important crops would shift over the next 30 years, and […]

    Microbes Are Evolving to Digest Plastic, Study Finds

    Microbes Are Evolving to Digest Plastic, Study Finds

    It’s no secret that plastic is taking over our planet at a rapid pace. Now, researchers of one study have found that microbes in the oceans and soil all around the world are quickly evolving to digest the plastic. The study authors say these findings show “a measurable effect of plastic pollution on the global […]

    Underground World of Fungi to Be Mapped for the First Time

    Underground World of Fungi to Be Mapped for the First Time

    A unique nonprofit has set out on a mission to map the fungi that live beneath the earth. The Society for the Protection of Underground Networks (SPUN) announced Tuesday that it had received the largest ever donation to help map and protect these underground networks that help store carbon and transport nutrients through the soil. […]

    Avocado, Potato and Vanilla Wild Crop Relatives Face Extinction Risks

    Avocado, Potato and Vanilla Wild Crop Relatives Face Extinction Risks

    New research presented Tuesday at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille sounded the alarm that wild relatives of some of the world’s most important crops, including potatoes, avocados and vanilla, are at risk of extinction, said The Food & Environment Reporting Network (FERN). The study was published in the journal Plants, People, Planet. It […]

    Organic Food Has Become Mainstream But Still Has Room to Grow

    Organic Food Has Become Mainstream But Still Has Room to Grow

    By Kathleen Merrigan Organic food once was viewed as a niche category for health nuts and hippies, but today it’s a routine choice for millions of Americans. For years following passage of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990, which established national organic standards, consumers had to seek out organic products at food co-ops and […]

    The Dangers of Runoff From Land

    The Dangers of Runoff From Land

    With #PlasticFreeJuly upon us, there has been a necessary, global focus on curbing plastic pollution and other trash that comes from land and often ends up in the sea. Now, in partnership with Plastic Oceans International, EcoWatch is highlighting the dangers of another land-based source of ecological harm: runoff. According to the United States Geological […]

    Forever Chemicals Found in Home Fertilizers

    Forever Chemicals Found in Home Fertilizers

    From the looks of it, “forever chemicals” could also be called “everywhere chemicals.” Toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have shown up in everything from drinking water to mothers’ milk. And, most recently, in the fertilizers home gardeners use to grow food. A report published last week by the Ecology Center and the Sierra Club […]