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It's a Long Way From Texas to Toledo

Donald Carr | Posted 11.10.2014 | Green
Donald Carr

Lead by the American Farm Bureau Federation, the U.S. agriculture lobby has relentlessly pushed back against new Environmental Protection Agency proposed rules for improving U.S. water quality.

Good News For Mississippi-River Dwelling Environmental Advocates

AP | Posted 11.23.2013 | Green

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In a story Sept. 23 about a federal judge's order for the Environmental Protection Agency to decide whether to set national water...

'Dead Zones' Predicted For Major U.S. Waters

AP | Posted 06.19.2013 | Green

NEW ORLEANS -- Scientists in Michigan and Louisiana are predicting a big summer "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico unless a tropical storm hits the are...

Increasing Pollution, Dwindling Options

Donald Carr | Posted 11.19.2012 | Green
Donald Carr

Industrial agriculture, not manufacturing, gas drilling or mining, is the largest contributor to America's water pollution problem.

Clean Water or Green Water: How We Produce Our Food Is Sliming Our Water

Francesca Koe | Posted 10.30.2012 | Green
Francesca Koe

By supporting farmers who protect water quality, you'll be making a difference in whether we have clean water or slimy green water, from our rivers to our seashores.

Chicago River: President's Hometown Joke Underscores Choice Between Dead Zone or Clean Waterway Future

Henry Henderson | Posted 03.17.2012 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Given the withering and unfair attacks launched at the EPA from those who would undo the protections that Americans have come to rely on for their health and safety, it was good to see the President recently take a stand.

Gulf 'Dead Zone' Threatens Seafood, Tourism Industries

Mark Tercek | Posted 10.02.2011 | Green
Mark Tercek

The Gulf of Mexico's "dead zone" -- an area of water where oxygen is depleted, preventing any marine life from surviving -- is now 6,765 square miles wide. That's bigger than the state of Connecticut.

Jellyfish to Power Plants: You Suck

Peter Hanlon | Posted 09.25.2011 | Green
Peter Hanlon

They can ruin a perfectly nice beach day and are the very definition of spineless, and now jellyfish are drawing international attention with their power plant hijinks.

Watching the Future Wash Away

Donald Carr | Posted 06.13.2011 | Green
Donald Carr

Bad federal policy and intensifying storms are washing away the rich dark soils in the Midwest that made this country an agricultural powerhouse and that remain the essential foundation of a healthy and sustainable food system in the future.

Dead Zones, Now in More Frightening Detail!

Peter Hanlon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Peter Hanlon

2011-03-10-hypoxia.jpg A new interactive map of oceanic dead zones charts hundreds of areas across the globe where sewage and fertilizer runoff have created areas virtually uninhabitable for most marine life.

Following up the Oil Spill Commission's Report With True Gulf Restoration

Dennis Takahashi-Kelso | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dennis Takahashi-Kelso

This report provides a chilling and comprehensive account of the lead-up and response to the BP oil disaster. It's time for industry and government to do everything possible to renew the prosperity of the Gulf through bold action on restoration.

Iowa Governor 2010: Who Will Be the Worst Environmental Governor of the 21st Century?

Dave Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dave Murphy

Iowans can no longer afford to have a governor, or any elected official, partying like it's 1999 on the environment.

The Troubled Waters of Big Ag's Academic Influence

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield


Mary Landrieu Goes to Bat for Louisiana's Wetlands

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today gave testimony to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Dr...

Scientists: Bacteria Ate Mostly Gas, Not Oil

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Bacteria that attacked the plumes of oil and gas from the Deepwater Horizon gusher in the Gulf of Mexico mainly digested natural gas spewing from the ...

Oil Spill Forces Animals To Flee To Shallow Water Off Coast, Scientists Warn Of 'Mass Die-Off'

AP | JAY REEVES, JOHN FLESHER and TAMARA LUSH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

GULF SHORES, Ala. — Dolphins and sharks are showing up in surprisingly shallow water just off the Florida coast. Mullets, crabs, rays and small ...

Why the Gulf Oil Disaster Is Far From Over

Chris Kromm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Chris Kromm

Most scientists agree that it's far too early to write off the possibility of long-term consequences from releasing 210 million gallons of oil into the ocean. Case in point: the growing Gulf Dead Zone.

Gulf Oil Spill Meets Dead Zone: What Lies Beneath

Brenda Peterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brenda Peterson

Facts can be filed away and forgotten. But a story is often vividly remembered. So here's a story about the Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone -- what it looks and feels like to experience this as an undersea diver.

Wake Up and See the Dead Zones!

Peter Hanlon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Peter Hanlon

All told, there are over 400 dead zones worldwide, affecting an area of more than 245,000 square kilometers, a number that has increased exponentially since the 1960s.

The Price of Cheap Meat: A Lake Dies in Ohio

David Kirby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Kirby

Grand Lake St. Marys -- Ohio's largest inland body of water and a treasured recreational area -- is dying. And if you barbecued some supermarket pork over the holiday weekend, you helped contribute to this disaster.

DK Matai | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
DK Matai

Editor's Note: This post has been removed from the Huffington Post....

The Oil Spill Catastrophe: Biggest Ever? Not Close.

David Ropeik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Ropeik

The oil spill is a catastrophe, but risks that are catastrophic scare us more than those that are chronic -- even though in many cases, the chronic risks are far bigger threats.

Weathering the Oil Spill: Tar Balls, Streamers, and Eddies

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Today's oil spill news is dominated by Obama's Oval Office speech, but the highlight for me was a quiet update by the head of NOAA yesterday.

Taxpayer Investment in Ethanol Yields Little Relief from Oil

Donald Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Donald Carr

Between 2005 and 2009, U.S. taxpayers spent a whopping $17 billion to subsidize corn-ethanol blends in gasoline. What did they get in return? A reduc...

Greenwashing Corn: Industrial Ag Tries to Bolster its Tarnished Image

Donald Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Donald Carr

EWG can hardly wait to get our invitation to hear how the corn growers are going to boost their image with environmentalists by growing more corn.