Water Pollution

The Elliptio complanate freshwater mussel, one of the two species used in the experiment.
(Image: Westcott Phillip / Wikipedia Commons)

Fracking Wastewater Found in Freshwater Mussel Shells

Elevated concentrations of strontium, an element associated with oil and gas wastewaters, have accumulated in the shells of freshwater mussels downstream from fracking wastewater disposal sites, according to researchers from Penn State and Union College. Nathaniel Warner, assistant professor of environmental…

Scientists have detected these substances in the environment, but most studies have concluded that individual sunscreen chemicals are not present at high-enough levels to harm people or animals. (Image: via   pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)

Do Sunscreen Chemicals Harm Fish?

For most people, a trip to the beach involves slathering on a thick layer of sunscreen to protect against sunburn and skin cancer. However, savvy beachgoers know to reapply sunscreen every few hours because it eventually washes off. Now, researchers,…

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Fracking Wastewater Found in Freshwater Mussel Shells

Elevated concentrations of strontium, an element associated with oil and gas wastewaters, have accumulated in the shells of freshwater mussels downstream from fracking wastewater disposal sites, according to researchers from…

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Do Sunscreen Chemicals Harm Fish?

For most people, a trip to the beach involves slathering on a thick layer of sunscreen to protect against sunburn and skin cancer. However, savvy beachgoers know to reapply sunscreen…

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How Do China’s Industries Conceal Their Water Pollution?

Since 2002, the non-profit environmental organization Greenpeace has launched an ongoing investigation into China’s industrial water pollution. Over the years, the investigation has exposed a variety of methods used by various industries…