As Algal Doom spreads with the rise of harmful algal blooms (HABs), everyone is casting a wary eye toward "colorful" changes in their local waters. This installment of our Algal Doom series maps algal bloom hot spots across the United States.
Harmful algal blooms don't just wreak havoc by causing oxygen-starved dead zones, but they have the potential to be toxic to humans, land animals, aquatic animals, fish and shellfish. This installment of our Algal Doom series looks at the life cycle of an algal bloom, the "colors" of a few common algae types and their harmful effects.
Algal blooms occur naturally, but human development has knocked the natural nutrient cycling out of balance and made them harmful. This installment of our Algal Doom series looks at some of the major pollution sources, like fertilizer runoff from farm fields, animal agriculture manure lagoons and wastewater treatment plants.
A group of North Carolina citizens is claiming that the state's $3 billion pork industry is disposing of hog waste in a way that disproportionately affects communities of color, and that the efforts to address the problem with government officials are being stalled by the pork industry.
While we may expect the fish on our plate to come from fisher folk out on their boats reeling them in, the reality is that much of our seafood comes from fish farms. This week we're exploring aquaculture - also known as fish farming - through the lens of sustainability. In this post we'll take a look at onshore systems.
For years, North Carolina communities have complained that industrial pork farms pollute their rivers and streams and lower quality of life in the area, but the state has all but ignored their complaints. The EPA is now conducting an investigation of the state's civil rights infringements that could change the game.
Here's a common question: "Does pasture-raised beef have a low water footprint compared to industrial beef?" The answer: All beef has a high water footprint, but the sustainability of pasture-raised makes it a better choice.
The long-awaited Clean Water Act draft rules were released as the "Waters of the United States," marking one of the biggest steps towards improved US water quality in years. One problem though: Some industries think it is governmental overreach.
Around the globe populations are growing, prosperity is rising and people are increasingly hungry for meat. Does the planet have enough resources to go around? The final of three posts about possible limits to global meat production.
It turns out the monumental merger between two giant pork producers, Smithfield and Shaunghui (now WH Group), was a foregone conclusion. One big question lingers: Was the deal a trade of water for waste? The first of three posts about the possible limits to global meat production.
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and GRACE are partnering to pose this challenge to the hackers at Hack//Meat SV: How can we find, recruit and empower a million consumer activists to demand meat without antibiotics?
An interview with environmental photographer J. Henry Fair, who shoots industrial scars on the land from up high in a plane. Fair discusses his photography, voting and environmental responsibility and why which toilet paper you choose is important.
In a precedent-setting decision, a federal district court judge in Washington State ordered a CAFO (aka, a "factory farm") to monitor groundwater, drainage and soil for illegal pollution resulting from its inadequate manure management practices in violation of the Clean Water Act.
When prompted to consider water pollution, most people envision classic point sources; the corroded factory pipe, the municipal waste treatment plant, the oil behemoth's offshore well. But when I don my Water Pollution Contemplation Cap, I inevitably envision industrial livestock facilities.