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Algae toxin found in 39 percent of streams assessed in S.E. U.S.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) announced on Wednesday that in a survey of 75 small streams in five Southeastern states, microcystin toxins were found in 39 percent of the waters tested.

Drinking and recreational waters under threat from toxic algae

Toxic cyanobacteria blooms, or blue-green algae blooms are often poorly monitored and have become an under-appreciated health risk, not only in the U.S. but worldwide. There are several factors contributing to the concerns.

Kentucky prison project opposed — Threat to wildlife and people

The Center for Biological Diversity and the Human Rights Defense Center have sent letters to the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, opposing a new maximum security prison in Letcher County.

Palm oil production's adverse affects on the environment

Palm oil is found in thousands of products we use and consume every day, from bread, and shampoo to multiple items in between. But now, increased consumption has resulted in unwanted side effects to the environment.

Planning on a trip to the beach this summer? Read this first

Millions of people will be hitting the beaches this summer, expecting to enjoy the surf, the sand and just plain relaxation. But sadly, your trip to the beach could turn into a nightmare because 10 percent of U.S. beaches failed to meet safety standards.

'No plan B' as Rio Olympics preparations prove to be 'worst' ever

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's preparations in getting ready for the 2016 Olympic Games are the "worst" ever seen, according to John Coates, the vice-president of the International Olympic Committee. Citing numerous problems, Coates said the IOC is taking a more hands-on role.

New York State residents split over natural gas find

Albany, New York hosted two rallies Monday, with about 1,000 people showing up altogether. One rally was to lobby for natural gas drilling in New York's mountains. The other rally was to protest the plans to drill.

Potty trained pigs, a good move or a stinker of an idea?

Taiwan is a small island nation that loves to eat pork. With an estimated six million pigs being raised on the main island, mostly in the south, water quality issues have become an epic battle that the government has been fighting against.

USDA Issues Strong Warnings on Protection of Nation's Water Special

Several days ago CBS News reported the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency warning for states to comply with quality water standards. In an era of environmental concerns, there is remarkable deviation in water quality across the U.S.
 

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DEP’s chemists use a liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometer to measure algal toxins.
DEP’s chemists use a liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometer to measure algal toxins.
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
South Shore Beach  WI.  one of the NRDC s repeat offenders for 2014.
South Shore Beach, WI., one of the NRDC's repeat offenders for 2014.
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Copacabana Beach Rio de Janeiro view from Sugar Loaf. This venue is the site of open water swimming ...
Copacabana Beach Rio de Janeiro view from Sugar Loaf. This venue is the site of open water swimming, triathlon and beach volleyball for the 2016 Olympic Games.
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