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Environmental Health News
Pennsylvania advocates issue intent to sue Shell’s new petrochemical plant outside Pittsburgh for emissions violations
The complex in Beaver County “blew through” permit limits in its first few months of operation, the advocates say.
Hawaii whale dies with fishing nets, plastic bags in stomach
A whale that washed ashore in Hawaii over the weekend likely died in part because it ate large volumes of fishing traps, fishing nets, plastic bags and other marine debris, scientists said Thursday, highlighting the threat to wildlife from the millions of tons of plastic that ends up in oceans every year.
Microplastics are filling the skies. Will they affect the climate?
Recent studies reveal that tiny pieces of plastic are constantly lofted into the atmosphere. These particles can travel thousands of miles and affect the formation of clouds, which means they have the potential to impact temperature, rainfall, and even climate change.
Your clothes can shed 700,000 microplastic fibers in a single wash
A single routine wash could release 700,000 microplastic fibers, which leak into our waterways, harm wildlife, and end up in our drinking supply (and our bodies).
Nets, plastic, underwater crime
It’s easy to talk about statistics and science, but it may be more difficult for humans to imagine the violence, pain and suffering our throwaway plastic culture has caused.
Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia do little to solve waste problem
Officials from Serbia, Bosnia and Montenegro have on several occasions pledged to work together to solve the problem affecting their shared rivers but little has been done in reality.