Dying Waters: India Struggles to Clean Up Its Polluted Urban Rivers

Read the full story from e360. India’s booming population and rapidly expanding urban areas have exacted a huge toll on its rivers, which are badly polluted and choked by development. But in cities across India, activists are heading to court to force municipalities and states to take action.

Could plant-based plastics help tackle waste pollution?

Read the full story from the BBC. We know that plastic waste is a big problem for the planet - our oceans are becoming clogged with the stuff and we're rapidly running out of landfill sites. Only 9% is recycled. Burning it contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and global warming. So could plant-based alternatives and …

Here’s what happened the last time the living things in our oceans and lakes died

Read the full story at Quartz. On January 5, 2018, a paper published in the journal Science delivered a sobering message: The oxygenation of open oceans and coastal seas has been steadily declining during the past half century. The volume of ocean with no oxygen at all has quadrupled, and the volume where oxygen levels are falling …

‘Permanent pollutant’: Salt to melt ice on streets posing growing risk to Minnesota’s lakes

Read the full story at Inforum. Salt applied to streets and roads to melt snow and ice is becoming a growing environmental concern in some areas of the country, including Minnesota, where 50 lakes are listed as impaired because of their salt levels. Street and highway maintenance supervisors are aware of the problems that can …

Can the World Find Solutions to the Nitrogen Pollution Crisis?

Read the full story at e360. More and more nitrogen keeps pouring into waterways, unleashing algal blooms and creating dead zones. To prevent the problem from worsening, scientists warn, the world must drastically cut back on synthetic fertilizers and double the efficiency of the nitrogen used on farms.