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The Reference Shelf: Pollution

Table of Contents

Preface



1 Water Pollution



The Stuff of Life



Lethal Algae Blooms—An Ecosystem Out of Balance



Trump Administration Cuts Back Federal Protections for Streams and Wetlands



E.P.A. Is Letting Cities Dump More Raw Sewage into Rivers for Years to Come



Great Lakes Waters at Risk from Buried Contaminants and New Threats



The Missing 99%: Why Can’t We Find the Vast Majority of Ocean Plastic?



Plastic Bags Were Finally Being Banned: Then Came the Pandemic



2



Waiting to Inhale



What Causes Asthma? Clues from London’s Great Smog with Implications for Air Pollution Today



Air Pollution Could Make the COVID-19 Pandemic Worse for Some People



Black People Are Dying from the Coronavirus—Air Pollution Is One of the Main Culprits



Trump Dismantles Environmental Protections under Cover of Coronavirus



Fine Particle Air Pollution Is a Public Health Emergency Hiding in Plain Sight



3



Wasted Lands



60% of Superfund Sites Could Be Hit by Climate Change, New Government Report Finds



Plastic Recycling Is Broken: Why Does Big Plastic Want Cities to Get $1 Billion to Fix It?



Four Things You Didn’t Know about Nuclear Waste



On Nuclear Waste, Finland Shows U.S. How It Can Be Done



How a Nuclear Stalemate Left Radioactive Waste Stranded on a California Beach



4



Hidden Dimensions



Is Noise Pollution the Next Big Public-Health Crisis?



Noise Pollution Hurts Wildlife, but States Have Trouble Turning Down the Volume



Light Pollution Is a Big Problem, But You Can Help



The Vanishing Night: Light Pollution Threatens Ecosystems



Where Light Pollution Is Seeping into the Rural Night Sky



5



Finding Solutions



Helping the Environment, One Small Sensor at a Time



Ocean Cleanup Won’t Turn a Profit, But We Should Still Do It



China Could Wash Away Smog with Artificial Rain Storms from Skyscrapers



Pulling CO2 Out of the Air and Using It Could Be a Trillion-Dollar Business



This Bicycle Will Clean Polluted Air While You Pedal



What If Air Conditioners Could Help Save the Planet Instead of Destroying It?



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