New Report Finds African Rivers “Bleach-like” Due to Fast Fashion Textile Factories

New Report Finds African Rivers “Bleach-like” Due to Fast Fashion Textile Factories

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new report from Water Witness International (WWI) found that the world’s fast fashion brands contribute to the bleach-like pollution of Africa’s rivers. Rivers surveyed were found to have been dyed blue or made as alkaline as bleach, creating environmental and public health threats to local communities. WWI is calling on fast fashion […]

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EPA Must Update Regulations for Oil Spill Dispersants, Court Rules

EPA Must Update Regulations for Oil Spill Dispersants, Court Rules

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must update decades-old regulations on chemicals used to disperse offshore oil spills. Environmental groups say that many of these chemicals carry significant health and biodiversity risks and that tighter regulations are necessary. The decision comes following a lawsuit from […]

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“Sea Snot” Outbreak Covers Coast of Turkey’s Sea of Marmara

“Sea Snot” Outbreak Covers Coast of Turkey’s Sea of Marmara

An invasion of “sea snot” has literally slimed the coast of the Sea of Marmara in Turkey. Like the name suggests, “sea snot,” or marine mucilage, is a snot-like film that floats on the surface of seawater, and stinks. This influx of “sea snot,” is the largest in history, and could threaten marine life and fishing.  

Why this Matters:  Marine mucilage forms when nutrient-rich waters remain stagnant during long stints of hot weather, which then allows phytoplankton to propagate and spread uncontrollably, oozing a mucus that contains protein, carbohydrates, and fat.

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Just 20 Companies Produce More than Half the World’s Single-Use Plastic

Just 20 Companies Produce More than Half the World’s Single-Use Plastic

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new study published Tuesday found that just 20 companies are responsible for more than half of all single-use plastic pollution. The Plastic Waste Makers Index names some of the world’s largest plastics manufacturers and notes that many are backed by a small pool of financiers. The study — and its detailed […]

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Communities of Color Exposed to More Pollution From Every Source

Communities of Color Exposed to More Pollution From Every Source

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer A new study released this week in the journal Science Advances reveals that people of color across America are exposed to more pollution from nearly every source than white communities. This includes pollution from heavy industry, power generation, agriculture, transportation, construction, etc. Black Americans suffer most from pollution exposure, […]

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Delaware Poultry Plant Agrees to Pay $205 Million After Polluting Groundwater for Years

Delaware Poultry Plant Agrees to Pay $205 Million After Polluting Groundwater for Years

One of the largest chicken producers in the country — the family-owned Mountaire Corp. — agreed to pay $205 million to settle two court cases that its Delaware plants contaminated water wells, waterways, and the surrounding air with improperly disposed of wastewater.  

Why this Matters: Groundwater contamination affects communities across the country. In Orange County and Oakland, California groundwater polluted with industrial waste is seeping into sources of drinking water.

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