Russia's Norilsk Nickel ran into trouble earlier this month when one of its subsidiaries accidentally spilled 21,000 tons of diesel that ended up polluting a pristine Arctic lake. Now the company admits that it has been dumping wastewater into the Arctic tundra, as Agence-France Press, (AFP) reported.
An estimated 14,000 tons of microfibers sloughed off of soiled laundry is believed to be released into European oceans every year, further contributing to microplastic pollution with a threat of becoming a "significant environmental issue."
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Bottled water manufacturers looking to capture cool, mountain water from Washington's Cascade Mountains may have to look elsewhere after the state senate passed a bill banning new water permits, as The Guardian reported.
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Bulgaria's minister for the environment abruptly resigned after he was arrested and charged for mismanagement of a water crisis in a western Bulgaria city, as the AP reported.
Citizens of the town of Pernik on a procession and public prayer for rain. They have been protesting against the city's water regime and have asked those responsible for the water crisis to bear responsibility. Hristo Vladev / NurPhoto / Getty Images<p>The former minister of the environment, Neno Dimov, said dry weather and poor management by local authorities caused the water crisis in Pernik. However, prosecutors contend that Dimov allowed water to go to industrial facilities despite knowing that diverting the water would lead to shortages in <a href="https://www.ecowatch.com/tag/drinking-water" rel="noopener noreferrer">drinking water</a> for Pernik and its surrounding villages, as the <a href="https://apnews.com/b3f6123b1e60794a0be2084c331812e7" target="_blank">AP</a> reported. </p><p>Dimov was arrested late last week and stayed in custody for 72 hours while he denied wrongdoing, according to the <a href="https://apnews.com/b3f6123b1e60794a0be2084c331812e7" target="_blank">AP</a>.</p><p>Pernik and the nearby villages source all their water from a single dam, which had drastically decreased when Dimov allowed industrial facilities to use the water. </p><p>"Some 97,000 people will not have normal access to drinking water in the next five months --- which they would have had if the minister had exercised his authority," Prosecutor Angel Kanev told reporters, as <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-bulgaria-politics-environment/bulgaria-environment-minister-quits-amid-water-crisis-idUSKBN1Z91BC" target="_blank">Reuters</a> reported.<br></p><p>"This is the biggest damage," he said.</p>
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By Alejandro Pérez, translated by Romina Castagnino
Fifteen years ago, Martha Valencia relied on the nearby river for water and for food. But then oil palm crops arrived in the area and polluted the river, say Martha and her neighbors. The community took the oil palm grower to court, which ultimately resulted in a ruling in their favor.
Oil palm cultivation is one of the primary drivers of deforestation in the province of Esmeraldas. Eduardo Rebolledo
Aerial view of a young oil palm plantation in Esmeraldas. Eduardo Rebolledo
Satellite image of oil palm plantations in San Lorenzo. Rodrigo Sierra
Oil palm plantations in San Lorenzo, Ecuador. Eduardo Rebolledo
Oil palm crops near the town of San Lorenzo. Eduardo Rebolledo
Inhabitants of La Chiquita are fighting against the pollution of their water sources. David Silva
Assemblyman Lenin Plaza has proposed a law to increase palm oil production. He says it is necessary to help small producers. Cecilia Puebla
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By Justin Mikulka
In over their heads with debt, U.S. shale oil and gas firms are now moving from a boom in fracking to a boom in bankruptcies. This trend of failing finances has the potential for the U.S. public, both at the state and federal levels, to be left on the hook for paying to properly shut down and clean up even more drilling sites.
A graphic showing the water cycle during hydraulic fracturing. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2016
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By Andrea Germanos
The Trump administration's decision not to issue upgraded regulations pertaining to pollution discharge from slaughterhouses into waterways sparked a lawsuit Wednesday from a dozen advocacy groups who say the move puts ecosystems and water supplies at risk.
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By Ashutosh Pandey
H&M's flagship store at the Sergels Torg square in Stockholm is back in business after a months-long refurbishment. But it's not exactly business as usual here.
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By Sarah Wesseler
Talk of natural climate solutions typically conjures up images of lush forests or pristine wetlands. But in King County, Washington, one important natural solution comes from a less Instagram-worthy source: the toilets of Seattle.
A manure spreader applies Loop to a farm field. King County
Comparison of wheat root systems grown with conventional fertilizer, left, and Loop, right. King County
Documentation of rainfall infiltration and soil moisture retention in agricultural fields treated with Loop, conventional fertilizer, and no fertilizer. More infiltration and moisture retention, as seen in the Loop-treated field, has a variety of benefits, including helping plants resist drought – important from a climate adaptation perspective. King County
Native Americans are disproportionately without access to clean water, according to a new report, "Closing the Water Access Gap in the United States: A National Action Plan," to be released this afternoon, which shows that more than two million Americans do not have access to running water, indoor plumbing or wastewater services.
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By Brett Walton
Defying a vote of the County Council, Maui Mayor Michael Victorino said on Oct.18 that he will not settle a Clean Water Act lawsuit that holds national implications for water pollution permitting.