Study finds potentially dangerous levels of arsenic in California prison drinking water

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Ten years after the state of California recognized the human right to water, hundreds of thousands of residents still rely on drinking water that contains dangerous levels of contaminants, including the highly toxic mineral arsenic. Many of them live in low-income and rural communities that struggle to afford the necessary infrastructure … Read more

Record-high greenhouse gases, sea levels in 2021

Changes in global average sea level (background map) and local sea level (dots) between 1993 and 2021. In the global ocean, sea level has risen nearly everywhere (blue). Coastal areas where sea level has fallen (brown) are places where the land is rising as it rebounds from being compressed by ice sheets and glaciers during … Read more

Study finds that public housing residents experience higher levels of air pollution

Residents of public housing throughout the United States experience higher levels of air pollution, according to an inter-institutional study led by a researcher from The University of Texas at El Paso that appeared in Scientific Reports, one of Nature’s portfolio of journals. Credit: Jayajit Chakraborty. Residents of public housing throughout the United States experience higher … Read more

Lake Michigan levels dropping, revealing how much work is needed to repair Chicago’s eroded beaches

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Giant concrete barriers separate a field of jagged rocks from a grassy playground at Rogers Park Beach on Lake Michigan. There is no white sand. Only “do not swim” signs spray-painted on the uninviting blocks. The city filled in the beach along with three others in the same half-mile stretch after … Read more

Carbon dioxide peak for 2022 more than 50% higher than pre-industrial levels

The Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii is a benchmark site for measuring carbon dioxide, or CO2. NOAA and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography make independent measurements from this station on the slopes of Mauna Loa volcano. Credit: NOAA Carbon dioxide measured at NOAA’s Mauna Loa Atmospheric Baseline Observatory peaked for 2022 at 421 parts per … Read more

Mass shootings leave behind collective despair, anguish and trauma at many social levels

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The deadly shooting of at least 19 children and two adults in Texas on May 24, 2022, is the latest in an ever-growing list of national tragedies, leaving families and friends of the victims gripped with grief, anguish and despair. In addition to those who experience direct, such events also take … Read more

Lake Erie quakes triggered by shifting water levels? Study finds no smoking gun, urges further research

Seismogram of the June 10, 2019, magnitude 4.0 Lake Erie earthquake, recorded at the University of Michigan seismic station in Ann Arbor. Image credit: University of Michigan In June 2019, a magnitude 4.0 earthquake occurred beneath Lake Erie just off the shoreline of Ohio, about 20 miles northeast of Cleveland. Though no damages were reported, … Read more