Previous Pollution News 2022

Urban Waters: Discovering the Hidden Beauty of a Jersey River 07-12-22

Flowing through hard-pressed Camden, New Jersey’s Cooper River was long abused and ignored by area residents. Read more

Nearly half of Amazon shareholders agree: Time to cut back on plastic packaging 06-14-22

They’re part of a growing movement calling for greater plastic reductions. Read more

Interior Department to phase out single-use plastics on all public lands 06-09-22

Agencies including the National Park Service will have until 2032 to eliminate them. Read more

EPA reaches tandem deals over ‘Cancer Alley’ pollution 06-06-22

Under a proposed consent decree that still needs a federal judge’s approval. Read more

Air Monitors Alone Won’t Save Communities From Toxic Industrial Air Pollution 05-18-22

Calvert City, Kentucky, has long had what people in other toxic hot spots have been begging for: monitors to prove they’re being exposed to toxic industrial air pollution. Read more

Report: Pollution is connected to 9 million deaths worldwide each year 05-18-22

World governments have made “strikingly little effort” to solve the problem. Read more

In ‘Silent Spring,’ Rachel Carson Described a Fictional, Bucolic Hamlet, Much Like Her Hometown. 05-10-22

Now, There’s a Plastics Plant Under Construction 30 Miles Away. Read more

The US only recycled about 5% of plastic waste last year 05-04-22

A new report highlights recycling’s failure to keep up with growing volumes of plastic trash. Read more

U.N. Adopts Historic Resolution Aimed at Ending Plastic Pollution 03-02-22

For the first time, the international community has agreed on a framework to curb the world’s growing plastic problem. Read more

The environmental costs of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine 02-25-22

“Fighting around these sites risks generating extreme toxic pollution.” Read more

Plastic pollution is a global problem – here’s how to design an effective treaty to curb it 02-24-22

According to one widely cited estimate, by 2025, 100 million to 250 million metric tons of plastic waste could enter the ocean each year. Read more

Yes, disposable masks are made of plastic. And that’s a problem. 02-22-22

Masks are filling the oceans, killing marine life, and boosting carbon emissions. Environmentalists need to weigh in. Read more

Americans agree on something: Get single-use plastics out of our national parks 01-14-22

A new poll finds bipartisan support for ridding parks of plastic. Read more

Ghosts of Polluters Past 01-13-22

As new soil tests reveal the pervasiveness of lead contamination, one California barrio continues its long struggle for justice. Read more