Minnesota's Grand Portage National Monument (GPNM) is a homage to the state's rich fur-trading past. However, researchers are now finding that this history does not come without consequence, as the monument and areas around it now boast a stunningly high rate of toxic mercury contamination.
A mysterious substance locals are calling "milky rain" was found falling in parts of Washington and Oregon last Friday afternoon and into the night. Experts are now speculating about its origins while simultaneously reassuring locals that it's unlikely a threat to public health.
Water pollution is not exactly an underappreciated concern. For years state and federal officials have been working with experts to improve water quality, limit pollution, and test for potential consequences. However, it should go without saying that things can be overlooked. That appears to be the case concerning pollution from a common diabetic drug, which may now be poisoning fish in Lake Michigan.
Yellowstone National Park's iconic hot springs are a stunning sight even today. But have you ever wondered what they would look like before humanity left its mark on the park? A team of researchers have now devised a model that shows how these natural wonders looked long before tourists set foot there.
Have you ever riffled through your medicine cabinet to find expired bottles and unfinished prescription regimens? You may want to get rid of them, but just tossing them in the trash is a bad idea. Research has revealed that commonly prescribed drugs leave chemicals that persist in even treated waste, and can adversely affect the crops we eat.
The Baltic Sea is certainly not the only part of the world still suffering from when humanity didn't understand the consequences of its actions. However, compared to other parts of the world, it may be one of the most stark examples of how climate change can just perpetuate these problems.
Monitoring efforts taken along the West Coast of the United States and Canada have revealed that radiation from the 2011 Fukushima Daiiachi nuclear power plant disaster is still washing in. However, don't let the media hype fool you. Experts are quick to add that the trace amounts of radiation discovered is completely harmless to humans.
Researchers have somehow managed to replicate the natural ebb and flow of the tide with a few tools from their local home improvement shop.
There's a reason that the Town makes you clean up after your dog, and it is really not all about inconveniencing those around you. Dog feces left to wash into groundwater and waterways can lead to some serious illness, and now experts are suggesting that this could be a far more serious contaminant problem than anyone could have imagined.
A new report prepared by the Environment America Research and Policy Center (EARPC) has revealed than in 2012 alone, more than 206 million pounds of toxic chemicals found were dumped into United States waterways despite efforts by local officials and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to prevent this harmful action.
A new scientific study has revealed that humans are a lot better off, as pesticides are becoming both safer and increasingly restricted. However, the same work has found that pesticides in rivers and streams are a growing threat to aquatic life.
A drug popularly used to treat anxiety has been found to produce a pollutant that can reduce mortality rates in fish. While this sounds like good news, ecologists are worried that this bizarre consequence of pollution could have a very negative impact on some of the ocean's ecosystems.
Thousands-upon-thousands of people have been left without water in the city of Toledo, Ohio after local officials discovered an extremely high amount of algae-born toxins in local supplies. The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department warns that citizens should not even drink treated or boiled water, as it will not eliminate the toxins.
New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has called for a state-wide ban of soaps containing microbeads, citing recent studies that show how harmful the tiny cosmetic abrasives can be to the environment.
Researchers have developed a new oil-repellant coating that should make straining oil from water significantly easier, compared to the current methods. This is great news for environmentalists and oil companies alike, both of whom wish to avoid the various impacts of an off-shore oil spill.