The burden of municipal and industrial waste disposal is transformed into a commercial enterprise, with the careless disregard for growing concerns over the risks it poses to the human and animal health and to the natural environment.
Farmers opting for biosolids applications on their farmland believe that this is a safe and natural way to fertilize the soil. Oftentimes they see local anti-biosolids activists as the adversaries, not realizing that the truth is quite the opposite. There is a mounting body of scientific and medical evidence that the practice of biosolids land application is detrimental to human health and constitutes an environmental factor contributing to many chronic conditions. Farmers, their families and neighbors are often first to suffer the consequences.
Sewage sludge and industrial waste is applied to the farmland under the pretense of natural fertilizer. This dangerous practice introduces pathogens, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals and thousands of other pollutants into the soil and groundwater. This is a brief review of a failed federal legislature that allowed it to happen.
Indoor air is polluted by volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. These gases are emitted into the air from products like pesticides, air fresheners, cleaning products, paint and paint remover, personal care products, appliances, furniture and building products, including carpet and pressed-wood floors, and more. Learn several steps to take to guard against indoor air pollution and how indoor air quality monitors can help.
Your drinking water might not be as spring fresh as you'd like to think.
A new initiative has launched in response to heavy metal pollution in Armenia for environmental lab equipment that will monitor health risks in mining communities throughout the country.
Tiny plastic beads in cosmetics are found in the Great Lakes, putting fish and human health at risk.
United Nations Climate Week invokes memories of first Earth Day and how far we have yet to go to clean up our environment.
Studies show air pollution in China can reduce a life span by up to 5.5 years.
Are you air aware? Learn how air quality affects your health during Air Quality Awareness Week.
Tips on how to protect naturally-beneficial estuaries.
Tips on what to do with all the fallen leaves this autumn.
Tips on how saving energy this fall and winter can help reduce nutrient pollution in water bodies.
Tips on how to improve lakeshore habitat conditions by reducing nutrient pollution.
Tips on how to dispose of pet waste properly for National Dog Day!
Tips on how to prevent soil compaction on your lawn and reduce water pollution!
Tips on how to save water at home and protect water quality during National Water Quality Month.
Tips on how to protect yourself form harmful algal blooms.
Tips on how green roofs can benefit your wallet and the environment!
June is National Rivers Month! Help protect your local waterways with these simple tips.
Tips on how to help save fuel and money while driving.
Ben Cartwright of Lawrence, Kan., is working on a book project about the city of Tianjin, China, where he worked and lived for several months, and he needs your help.
May is American Wetlands Month. Find out the many environmental benefits of wetlands and find out how you can help protect them!
Tips on how to properly maintain your home's septic system.
Tips on how to calculate your nitrogen footprint.
Tips for limiting your exposure to pollen to help manage allergy symptoms.
Tips on how to protect water quality with phosphate-free cleaning projects during spring cleaning.
Tips on how to be smart about salt this winter and protect water quality.
Over the past 15 years the noise level in cities has increased sixfold; urban noise doubles every eight to ten years. Even in the country, we can't escape the sound of airplanes and engines. What can you do?
Tips for saving energy at home while trying to stay cool.
People living near massive livestock operations may be at risk from the pollution they generate--which is higher in some cases than the nation's most polluted cities.
The bad news? Coal-fired power plants are our biggest source of industrial pollution. The good news? Solar grew by 67 percent last year, making it our fastest-growing energy sector.
I am especially concerned with the electricity hogs that keep us burning coal.
World Car Free Day is an annual international event to raise awareness about alternative transportation. Every Sept. 22, cities and towns around the globe recognize the negative impacts of car pollution and encourage walking or biking as ways to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Hundreds of Gulf Coast oil spill workers have fallen ill with flu-like symptoms related to oil exposure. News reports claim that BP is not allowing workers to wear respirators, despite the potential long-term respiratory and neurological consequences workers could face.
The Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been in the news constantly for the past two months, and all the new developments can be a bit overwhelming. Here's a comprehensive update to help you keep everything straight.
Natural cleanup methods for the Gulf of Mexico oil leak, such as using hair and hay to absorb oil on the water surface, are beginning to spark interest in the United States.
An explosion at a British Petroleum oil rig has caused a massive and growing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico just off the Lousiana coast. Here is an account of where the spill stands at the moment.
Pollution isn't just hurting our environment. It is a bigger cause of death in Southern California than motorized vehicles!
This summer, the Gulf of Mexico's dead zone is estimated to be the largest yet since records began back in 1985.
This Friday, Beijing will show off its green improvements when the Olympics begin.
In this video, learn how the production and consumption of stuff affects the environment and community health.