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Arsenic In Drinking Water Damages Hearts Of Young Adults, Study Says

Young adults free of diabetes and cardiovascular disease developed heart damage after only five years of exposure to low-to-moderate levels of arsenic commonly found in groundwater.

David Attenborough calls for ban on 'devastating' deep sea mining

Proposed mining of seabed could destroy unstudied ecosystems and disrupt vital carbon-storing functions, says naturalist

One chart shows how long the coronavirus lives on surfaces like cardboard, plastic, wood, and steel

The new coronavirus typically spreads via droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The droplets carry viral particles and can land on someone else's nose or mouth or get inhaled.

These are the 76 climate solutions we need to scale up right now to have a chance

Onshore wind power, utility-scale solar power, reduced food waste: These are just the first three of Project Drawdown’s plan to end the climate crisis with existing technologies.

Disaster Days: How megafires, guns and other 21st century crises are disrupting California schools

Disaster Days: How megafires, guns and other 21st century crises are disrupting California schoolssFrom climate-driven natural disasters to crumbling infrastructure and threats of mass shootings, modern dangers are sending California kids home from class in record numbers.

A California region’s response to global warming, floods and drought: Raise the dam

Folsom Dam sits at the edge of the foothills above the Sacramento Valley, offering California’s floodable state capital region critical protection.

Climate change will affect access to fresh water. How will we cope?

Local solutions will keep the precious resource flowing

Plastic Water Bottle Pollution: Where do all the Bottles End Up?

Plastic water bottle pollution is worse than you think.

Microplastics affect sand crabs' mortality and reproduction, PSU study finds

Sand crabs, a key species in beach ecosystems, were found to have increased adult mortality and decreased reproductive success when exposed to plastic microfibers

Urban dwellers who live near green spaces are less likely to die early, a new study says

Nature does the body good. And a sprawling new analysis of more than 8 million people suggests that to boost residents' longevity, cities should get a lot less gray and a lot more green.

Pacific Ocean’s rising acidity causes Dungeness crabs’ shells to dissolve

Acidity is making shells of crab larvae more vulnerable to predators and limiting effectiveness in supporting muscle growth

World leaders urged to 'step back from precipice' of ecological ruin

As governments prepare to negotiate a Paris-style UN agreement on nature, 23 former foreign ministers have issued a call for urgent action

Your recycled plastic might be ending up in a landfill.

Recycling facilities in the US can't process most of the plastics

Boston harbor brings ashore a new enemy: Rising seas

Facing climate change, Boston must gird itself for an era of rising water — or be inundated

More Plastic Is on the Way: What It Means for Climate Change

With the recent fracking boom causing low gas prices, fossil fuel companies are seeking other ways to bolster their profits — by making more plastic.

California Wildfire Reality: New Alert Systems and Forest Management Key as Climate Change Continues

We’re living in the new California reality of catastrophic wildfires and weeks of forced power outages.

What Rising Seas Mean for San Francisco

How the Bay Area is confronting climate change.

5 Stunning Facts About Clean Water You Must Know

Water is incredibly, astonishingly precious. Water allows us to stay hydrated and quench our thirst. Water allows us to clean our bodies and maintain proper hygiene.

The Global Plastic Crisis In Numbers: 10 Shocking Facts You Need To Know

The plastic crisis is one of the biggest challenges that our planet is facing, and one that desperately needs to be tackled, especially if we want to save the fate of our oceans.

'It's Looking Quite Grim': Climate Change Could Kill All of Earth's Coral Reefs by 2100, Scientists Warn

Climate change could destroy almost all of Earth’s coral reef habitats by 2100, according to new research.

Parks are a public health solution waiting on our doorstep

It’s time to shift the conversation around parks in California. New data is illuminating the need to look at state parks in communities a bit differently

Climate change models predicted ocean currents would speed up — but not this soon

Ocean currents are the undersea conveyor belts that help regulate Earth's climate and influence weather systems around the world.

Huge ‘hot blob’ in Pacific Ocean killed nearly a million seabirds

A study released by the University of Washington found the birds, called common murres, probably died of starvation between the summer of 2015 and the spring of 2016.

Living wall garden bringing tranquility to historic downtown San Bernardino

A garden is being planted in San Bernardino, but not where you might expect.

The World’s Ocean Just Set The Record For Warmest Temperatures In Human History

2019 was a record year for global warming. This week, NASA and NOAA announced that global surface temperatures in 2019 were the second warmest since modern record keeping began.

California schools must eliminate lead in water, but what about nearby homes?

California authorities are addressing the problem of lead in drinking water at public schools through a statewide program to test pipes and upgrade plumbing, but experts warn the threat goes well beyond schools

Rising ocean temps increase risk of infectious disease for humans, marine life

A major new United Nations report, issued on Wednesday, warns that the Earth’s oceans are under severe strain from climate change, threatening everything from the ability to harvest seafood to the well-being of hundreds of millions of people living along the coasts.

Award Honoring Best Parks Worldwide Recognizes Presidio of San Francisco

The Presidio in San Francisco is the first park in the United States to get the award that recognizes the best parks and green spaces in the world, the park's officials said Tuesday.

UN human rights ruling could boost climate change asylum claims

The historic ruling marks the first decision by a UN human rights treaty body based on a complaint filed by an individual seeking protection from the effects of climate change.

PFAS Containmination of Tap Water Far More Prevalent Than Previoulsly Reported

New laboratory test commissioned by EWG have for the first time found the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS in the dirnking wáter of dozens of U.S. cities, including major metropolitian areas

The Coming National Water-Quality Crisis

New California testing guidelines that take effect this month are expected to reveal widespread groundwater contamination from the chemicals associated with Teflon.

Fecal bacteria at record levels in some California waterways

Despite investing $1.75 billion to increase California’s housing supply last year, the state’s homeless population increased.

The Ocean Cleanup reveals the Interceptor to remove plastic pollution from rivers

After recently announcing its first success at collecting plastic waste from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, The Ocean Cleanup team is widening efforts by addressing the main entry point of litter — rivers.

On land, Australia’s rising heat is ‘apocalyptic.’ In the ocean, it’s worse.

Even before the ocean caught fever and reached temperatures no one had ever seen, Australia’s ancient giant kelp was cooked.

Tony SF Restaurants Adopt Surcharge to Fight Climate Change

Diners at some of San Francisco most popular restaurants might notice a new line item on their bills this month, a one percent add-on that’s known as the Restore California surcharge

The missing 99%: why can't we find the vast majority of ocean plastic?

What scientists can see and measure, in the garbage patches and on beaches, accounts for only a tiny fraction of the total plastic entering the water

California Teachers Could Be Required To Teach About Climate Change

California schools may soon be required to teach about the causes and effects of climate change under a bill introduced on Monday.

"FACT: Less than 1% of the trash in the ocean is from the United States."

Not all news about the environment is bad these days, at least according to the conservative Young America’s Foundation.

The Surprising Link Between Parks and Violence Prevention

Studies that connect green space to mental health and wellbeing abound. And this connection is intuitive—people have long retreated to parks and natural places to recharge from the pressures of daily life.

How climate change influenced Australia's unprecedented fires

The climate factors contributing to Australia's bushfires are strikingly similar to those at play in California.

Citing plastic pollution, state Dems would ban cigarette filters

Recycling efforts increased in the last decade, but so has the use of single-serve plastics.

NYC is celebrating Black History Month with an exhibit honoring African Americans in NYC Parks

NYC Parks is marking Black History Month with a new exhibit – “Namesakes: Honoring African Americans in NYC Parks” at the Arsenal Gallery

Tackling degraded oceans could mitigate climate crisis – report

Halting overfishing and the plastic pollution of the oceans could help tackle the climate emergency by improving the degraded state of the world’s biggest carbon sink, a report has found.

Climate change could affect pregnancies and newborns’ health, California study shows

A new study that rising temperatures brought on by climate change could be shortening pregnancies by as many as two weeks suggests worrisome implications for babies’ health and children’s later development.

Thousands of Mysterious Holes Have Been Found in The Ocean Floor Off The Californian Coast

There's a mystery lurking in the Pacific Ocean just off the coast of Big Sur, California. An underwater survey has found thousands of small, round divots scooped out of the soft sediment on the seafloor.

California voters now rank climate change as their top priority

After years of scorching summers, storms of fire and ash, floods, and drought, Californians now rank climate change as their No. 1 political priority, according to a new poll of Democratic primary voters.

EPA says new testing will expand number of PFAS measured in drinking water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency validated new testing methods Thursday to measure the presence of widespread contaminates called PFAS in the nation's drinking water.

Huge amounts of greenhouse gases lurk in the oceans, and could make warming far worse

Scientists are finding hidden climate time bombs—vast reservoirs of carbon dioxide and methane—scattered under the seafloor across the planet.

Tiny shells reveal waters off California are acidifying twice as fast as the global ocean

In first-of-its-kind research, NOAA scientists and academic partners used 100 years of microscopic shells to show that the coastal waters off California are acidifying twice as fast as the global ocean average—with the seafood supply in the crosshairs.

Ever Hear Of A Nurdle? This New Form Of Pollution Could Be Coming To The Ohio River

When the petrochemical plant being built by Shell Chemical Appalachia in Beaver County, Pennsylvania is complete, it’s anticipated to bring 600 jobs as well as spinoff industries.

Dutch court rules people have a fundamental right to be protected from climate change

The highest court in the Netherlands ruled Friday that the nation's government must cut greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by the end of next year.

Ballona Wetlands: Final EIR Released for Great Park Project

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) released the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Ballona Wetlands Restoration Project near Marina Del Rey.

Study Shows How Pollution, Climate Change Could Make Us Dumber

If our society is being dumb for not taking more urgent action about human pollution and human pollution can make us dumber, will we get to a point to where we can’t even understand how stupid we are being?

Water chief praises Colorado River deal

States in the U.S. West that have agreed to begin taking less water next month from the drought-stricken Colorado River got praise and a push for more action Thursday from the nation’s top water official.

19,200 gallons of liquid from San Onofre being released into ocean in routine process

Southern California Edison was set to release 19,200 gallons of “non-radiological and radiological” liquids a mile offshore today, Dec. 19, from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating site.

Why are whales important to our ecosystem?

Whales are a critical part of our marine ecosystems and vital to the health of ocean waters and the environment. The giant and majestic mammals help to keep thousands of species alive and thriving.

When it comes to access to clean water, 'race is still strongest determinant,' report says

When it comes to access to safe potable water, “race is still the strongest determinant," according to a recent report that found that more than 2 million people in the U.S. and Puerto Rico don't have access to running water and basic indoor plumbing.

71% of California voters support tax on plastics manufacturers according to survey

A new survey of California voters found that 71 percent support key policies of a 2020 ballot initiative to tax plastic manufacturers, officials with San Francisco-based Recology said Thursday.

Caltrans prepares for climate change impacts to California’s transportation system

Caltrans will conduct region-specific climate change vulnerability assessments for each of Caltrans’ 12 districts to help identify how climate change will impact California's transportation system.

There's 'Several Orders of Magnitude' More Plastic in Rivers Than Oceans, Study Finds

Humans have produced an estimated 10 billion metric tonnes of plastic since the industrial era, most of which has ended up as permanent waste in the environment that will define Homo sapiens’ legacy in the fossil record.

Thousands of animals around the world are at risk of extinction. But not jellyfish — they're thriving in warm, polluted water.

The world is in the midst of a mass extinction — the sixth time in the planet's history that species are experiencing a major global collapse in numbers.

Microplastic pollution could reduce drinking water quality

Microplastic pollution in streams may be negatively impacting our drinking water quality as well as damaging the aquatic ecosystem.

Italian Law To Require Climate Change Education In Grade School

Starting next year Italian schools will be required by law to study climate change in every grade. The announcement came on the heels of historic flooding in Venice.

Cancer-Linked Contaminants Found In CA Drinking Water: Report

Most Americans don't think twice about drinking a glass of water. A report released Wednesday, though, found more than 270 harmful contaminants in local drinking water across the nation, including California.

Klamath River Tribes in Crisis as Salmon Disappear

An ecological disaster is spawning a cultural crisis in the hills and valleys of the Klamath River and its tributaries.

How Climate Change Could Shift California’s Santa Ana Winds, Fueling Fires

For centuries, humans have experienced the fierce, hot and dry winds that are fanning California’s recent spate of wildfires.

A deadly virus is spreading in marine mammals. Scientists say climate change is to blame.

When a deadly virus that killed tens of thousands of European harbor seals in the northern Atlantic Ocean in 2002 began threatening sea lions, seals and otters in the northern Pacific Ocean, scientists were initially puzzled.

Photos from space reveal what climate change looks like, from melting Arctic ice to rampant California fires

The more greenhouse gases we emit, the more the planet warms, and the more we experience extreme and often deadly weather events.

New Urban Recipe is Density with a Side of Amenity

Google is not the only one bringing energy and more “there there” in downtown. Three new urban parks flanked by housing are adding momentum for one of California’s oldest, largest cities that’s becoming more of a destination every day.

Microplastics, microbeads and single-use plastics poisoning sea life and affecting humans

Between 60 to 90 per cent of the litter that accumulates on shorelines, the surface and the sea floor is made up of plastic.

5 things to know about fighting climate change by planting trees

The idea seemed so catchy, simple and can-do. There’s room to plant enough trees, albeit many, many, many trees, to counter a big chunk of the planet-warming carbon spewed by human activities.

Parks are a public health solution waiting on our doorstep

It’s time to shift the conversation around parks in California. New data is illuminating the need to look at state parks in communities a bit differently.

Microplastics polluting Indonesian feeding grounds of ocean giants

New research shows that reef manta rays in Nusa Penida and Komodo National Park could be ingesting up to 63 pieces of plastic per hour of feeding, and whale sharks, which seasonally aggregate in Java, could be ingesting up to 137 pieces per hour.

California Is Spending $2.4 Million to Build the World’s Largest Permanent Installation of Climate Change-Themed Art

California’s clean-air agency has commissioned the world’s largest permanent public installation of climate changed-themed art.

Satellites are key to monitoring ocean carbon

Satellites now play a key role in monitoring carbon levels in the oceans, but we are only just beginning to understand their full potential.

2 million Americans don’t have access to running water and basic plumbing

This lack of access ‘makes it difficult to stay healthy, earn a living, go to school, and care for a family’

Dumped fishing gear is biggest plastic polluter in ocean, finds report

Lost and abandoned fishing gear which is deadly to marine life makes up the majority of large plastic pollution in the oceans, according to a report by Greenpeace.

Principles for Parks and Equitable Development

There is a frustrating truth in the world of community development: new large-scale development, no matter how much it is designed to support the existing neighborhood, often displaces or alienates some longtime residents.

As the lab-grown meat industry grows, scientists debate if it could exacerbate climate change

Companies across the world are moving quickly to bring to the market hamburgers and other meat products that are grown from animal cells in a lab.

The Story of Plastic: New Film Exposes the Source of Our Plastic Crisis

Prigi Arisandi, who founded the environmental group Ecological Observation and Wetlands Conservation, picks through a heap of worn plastic packaging in Mojokerto, Indonesia.