Manmade aerosols significantly affecting South Asian summer monsoon winds

A new study conducted by a team of scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) shows the South Asian summer monsoon wind complex has changed considerably, due to the presence of manmade aerosols in atmosphere. A widespread burning of firewood, coal,

October 02, 2015

Over a million liters (264 000 gallons) of toxic cyanide leaked into Potrerillos River, Argentina

Over a million liters (264 172 gallons) of toxic cyanide solution has leaked from Barrick Gold's Veladero mine in western San Juan province, Argentina, newest estimation shows. Despite this being about five times higher amount than previously thought, federal judge

September 25, 2015

Radioactive contaminants found in coal ash from all three major US coal-producing basins

A new Duke University-led study has revealed the presence of radioactive contaminants in coal ash from all three major US coal-producing basins - Illinois, Appalachian and Powder River basins. Authors found that levels of radioactivity in the ash were up to five times

September 07, 2015

Situation in and around Lake Baikal close to catastrophic

Massive wildfires are burning around Rusia's Lake Baikal - world's largest and oldest freshwater lake - for the last month and a half, and the situation is now close to catastrophic. But as if that wasn't enough, experts are saying underwater lake habitat

September 05, 2015

3 million gallons of toxic wastewater spreading toward Lake Powell, state of emergency declared

The Navajo Nation and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper declared a state of emergency on Monday, August 10, after EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) officially confirmed that 11 356 235 liters (3 million gallons) of toxic mining sludge from a mine in southwest

August 12, 2015

2015 Gulf of Mexico dead zone ‘above average’

Scientists have found this year’s Gulf of Mexico dead zone, an area of low to no oxygen that can kill fish and marine life, is, at 16 767 square km (6 474 square miles), above average in size and larger than forecast by NOAA in June. The larger than expected forec

August 06, 2015

Uranium mines behind Kazakhstan villagers' mysterious 'sleeping sickness'

Mysterious "sleeping sickness" that baffled doctors and researchers since it's first known attack in March 2013, affected more than 140 people in Kalachi and Krasnogorsk, two villages in northern Kazakhstan, with a total of 810 people, mostly ethnic Russia

July 24, 2015

People near fracking wells show higher hospitalization rates

Over the past ten years in the United States, unconventional gas and oil drilling using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has experienced a meteoric increase. Since well drilling requires an influx of water, materials and workers into yotherwise rural and remote

July 20, 2015

Pacific Ocean off California coast turning into desert-like dead zone

It's anyone's guess why temperatures in the Pacific Ocean are heating up off the coast of Southern California. Is a natural El Niño effect occurring, or is there something more sinister happening under the blue ocean waters?Off the coast of California, dr

May 21, 2015

Increased levels of Radon in Pennsylvania homes correspond to onset of fracking

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers say that levels of radon in Pennsylvania homes – where 42 percent of readings surpass what the U.S. government considers safe – have been on the rise since 2004, around the time that the fracking in

April 11, 2015

High air pollution currently being measured across England and Wales

High air pollution is currently (March 19, 2015) being measured across a number of regions in England and Wales. This is due to pollution brought in via winds from the continent and particulate matter from a combination of local sources, the Department for Environment,

March 19, 2015

British Columbia dumps over 34 million gallons of raw sewage, pesticides and pharmaceuticals into the Pacific every day

More than 34 million gallons of raw sewage is pumped off the shores of Victoria, British Columbia, into the Strait of Juan de Fuca daily, polluting the ocean and its ecosystem in ways that are poorly understood by researchers.A report by The Tyee titled, "Victoria&

February 24, 2015

8 million tons of new plastic waste enters our oceans each year

Plastic debris in the marine environment is well known and widely documented, but the quantity of plastic making its way into the world’s oceans and from where it originates has been a mystery until now.A new study published today in the journal Science, quantifie

February 13, 2015

Mercury concentrations in Hawaiian yellowfin tuna increasing

Mercury concentrations in Hawaiian yellowfin tuna are increasing at a rate of 3.8 percent or more per year, according to a new University of Michigan-led study that suggests rising atmospheric levels of the toxic substance are to blame. Mercury is a toxic trace metal th

February 05, 2015

Fluorescent blue, harmful algal bloom along the Hong Kong shores

A bioluminescent algal bloom created by Noctiluca scintillans, commonly known as Sea Sparkle, is turning Hong Kong's seashores into a spectacular and disturbing sight this week. Scientists say the fluorescent blue glow is an indicator of a harmful algal bloom. Altho

January 24, 2015

Mercury from gold mines accumulates hundreds of miles downstream

Duke University researchers have found hazardous levels of mercury hundreds of miles downstream from Peruvian gold mines.Researchers have determined that the health risks taken on by artisanal, small-scale gold miners extend far beyond the miners themselves.Based on a s

January 10, 2015

Oceans are laden with 5.25 trillion plastic particles weighning nearly 269 000 tons

After a six-year study of conditions across the globe, team of international researchers came upon shocking results that the world's ocean are laden with a minimum estimate of 5.25 trillion plastic particles weighing 268 940 tons. Larger plastic debris around

December 11, 2014

Europe's cities suffer from harmful air pollution

Almost all European city dwellers are exposed to pollutants at levels deemed unsafe by the World Health Organisation (WHO) - more than 95 % are exposed to unsafe levels of some types. New annual report by European Environment Agency (EEA) reveals as many as nine in ten

November 26, 2014

How carbon pollution spread across the Earth

New video released by scientists at NASA Goddard's Global Modeling and Assimilation Office reveals how the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide in the atmosphere travels around the globe in a single year. The results focus on a period between May 2005 and June 2007. At the

November 26, 2014

Huge amounts of carcinogenic chemicals contaminate air near fracking sites

It seems as though, with each day that passes, yet another health and environmental hazard is identified as being linked to hydraulic fracking, the process of injecting more than 200 chemicals at high pressure into the ground, shattering rock and releasing one America&#

November 18, 2014

"Toxic leak" causes massive cloud covering parts of Moscow

Authorities have urged residents of Moscow to stay indoors with their windows closed, after a smelly noxious fog was reportedly spreading through the parts of the city on Monday, November 10, 2014.The smell has been detected in the south, east, and south-eastern parts o

November 12, 2014

New toxic spills confirmed in Sonora, Mexico

After a massive toxic leak from Mexico's Buenavista del Cobre mine on August 6, 2014, three new toxic spills have appeared in Sonora, northwestern Mexico on September 18, 2014.PROFEPA, an environmental protection agency said late Sunday, September 21, that the new s

September 22, 2014

Wastewater plants blamed for 3.2 million dead fish in western Mexico

Jalisco state authorities said that the death of 3.2 million fish in western Mexico last week was caused by poorly functioning wastewater treatment plants that failed to filter out untreated material.An analysis of water samples confirmed that at lea

September 03, 2014

More than 53 tonnes of fish turn up dead in Cajititlan lagoon, Mexico

More than 53 tonnes of fresh water fish locally known as “popocha” began to float up in the Cajititlan lagoon last week, Jalisco state, western Mexico, prompting extensive investigations into the cause of deaths. This is the fourth unexpl

September 02, 2014

Environmental disaster for years to come - Massive breach of toxic waste pond at Mount Polley Mine, Canada

A dam at a waste pond on Mount Polley Mine in the Cariboo region of British Columbia, Canada, full of toxic heavy metals burst on August 4, 2014, releasing 10 million cubic meters of wastewater and 5 million cubic meters of toxic slurry int

August 14, 2014

Fracking - researching biological fallout of shale-gas production must become a top priority

Natural-gas production from shale rock has increased by more than 700 percent since 2007 in the United States alone. Yet scientists still do not fully understand the industry's effects on nature and wildlife, according to a report in the journal Frontiers in Ec

August 02, 2014

Insecticides similar to nicotine widespread in U.S. Midwest

Insecticides similar to nicotine, known as neonicotinoids, were found commonly in streams throughout the Midwest, according to a new USGS study. This is the first broad-scale investigation of neonicotinoid insecticides in the Midwestern United States and one of the

July 24, 2014

Commonly used chemicals present in Minnesota groundwater

A significant number of urban water wells in Minnesota — over a third of those studied — contain chemicals from consumer and industrial products, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report.From November 2009 through June 2012, USGS and Minnesota P

July 11, 2014

Plastic waste found in open oceans may be passing to the marine food chain

Researchers have demonstrated the existence of five large accumulations of plastic waste in the open ocean, which match with the five major twists of surface water circulation...However, central surface waters of the oceans may not be the final destination of plastic de

July 01, 2014

New images highlight U.S. air quality improvement

Anyone living in a major U.S. city for the past decade may have noticed a change in the air. The change is apparent in new NASA satellite images unveiled this week that demonstrate the reduction of air pollution across the country.After ten years in orbit, the Ozone

June 26, 2014

Los Angeles neighborhood tests positive for hazardous lead contamination

A quiet neighborhood nestled near the Los Angeles River known as Boyle Heights is slowly being invaded, ever so slightly, by hazardous lead levels. The residents, standing on the curb of their beautiful tree-lined streets, didn't see the invasion oncoming, but

March 19, 2014

Newly detected ozone depleting substances in the atmosphere

Four gases contributing to the destruction of the ozone layer were identified in the atmosphere. All four of them have been released into the atmosphere recently. Scientists at the University of East Anglia made the discovery by

March 14, 2014

Colorado approves new regulations to limit air pollution from oil and gas drilling

Colorado [USA] health and environment officials approved this week a set of new rules to limit air pollution from oil and gas drilling in the state, along with nation's first plan to detect and reduce methane emissions. The

February 26, 2014

Dangerous air pollution hit Iceland's capital

Reykjavík and other parts of Iceland recorded 40 times the upper safe limit of pollution levels on February 19/20, 2014. The pollution levels haven't been so high since the last volcanic eruptions in 2010-2011. However, this time it is not ash that

February 21, 2014

100 tons of highly radioactive water leaked from Fukushima nuclear complex

Operator of tsunami stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex said on Thursday, February 20, that roughly 100 tons of highly radioactive water leaked from one of the tanks again. According to the operator, a worker on patrol noticed water spilling from

February 20, 2014