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Russia's Blood Red River Is Worse Than We Thought

Last week, strange images of a river that had turned blood red emerged out of Russia. Now satellite images show that the red waters run much further through the area — and it’s been happening for decades.


Toxic Magnetic Waste From Air Pollution Found In Human Brains

Add this to the growing list of reasons to never go outside again: The human brain is apparently a sponge for toxic magnetic waste found in smog.


Apparently It's Australia's Fault East Asia Has An Emissions Problem

Much of the influence that sulphate and black carbon aerosol emissions from East Asia have on the climate is actually driven by consumption in developed countries (New Zealand and Australia, specifically) rather than in East Asia itself, international scientists say.


Six Million Americans Have This Toxic Chemical In Their Drinking Water

You might want to reconsider drinking the water next time you visit the States: A new Harvard study has found that six million Americans drink water containing unsafe levels of obscure industrial pollutants associated with cancer and other severe health consequences.


The EPA Has Finally Realised Jet Exhaust Is Bad For The Planet

In a landmark revelation that’s about 20 years late, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has formally declared that greenhouse gas emissions from jet engines endanger the health of humans and the environment by contributing to climate change.


Siberia's Sprawling Sawdust Dump Fire Will Burn For Years

Environmentalists in Siberia are expressing concern over an ongoing fire at the world’s largest sawdust dump — a fire that’s been burning since 2013 and will continue to do so for years to come.


Florida's Slime Coast Is A State-Sponsored Disaster

Image: Maddie Stone The smell hit me as soon as I opened my car door — like rancid milk mixed with dog shit. I gasped for breath as humid air descended, filling my pores with the putrid odor.


Herpes Outbreak Among Australia's Green Sea Turtles Likely Triggered By Pollution

Australian scientists in the midst of investigating a herpes outbreak among green sea turtles at the Great Barrier Reef say the blight — which causes abnormal growths on the skin, mouth, eyes and internal organs — is likely due to pollution.


Chemists Just Turned Plastic Into Liquid Fuel

In news that offers hope that human civilisation won’t end up drowning in soda bottles and plastic wrap, Chinese chemists have developed a remarkably efficient method for converting polyethylene into liquid fuel. If it proves scalable, it could make a real dent in global plastic pollution.


Fancy Pizza Is Wrecking The Environment

Residents of Sao Paolo, Brazil, should be proud that their megacity is the only one that uses biofuel for cars. Or maybe not, considering that a lot of this environmental good is undone because everyone loves pizza too much.


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