Posts Tagged ‘water polution’

The U.S. Poisoned the Navajo Nation

March 26, 2021

As World War Two was ending, the nuclear arms race was starting, and the US needed uranium. It found it on the Navajo Nation, where uranium mining left disease, pollution and the biggest radioactive spill in US history. The spill in Church Rock, New Mexico upended the lives with toxic water, livestock and a lifetime of illnesses. It still hasn’t been cleaned up. A Vox video by Ranjani Chakraborty.

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Surf’s Up: America’s Most Bacterial Beaches

July 10, 2012

Surf's Up: America's Most Bacterial Beaches

Summer’s here, and microbes are cavorting in the waves at beaches across the country. If you like to body-surf with bacteria and paddle through pathogens, the Natural Resources Defense Council has your itinerary ready. It’s their annual Guide to Water Quality at Vacation Beaches.

Call the local visitor’s bureau before you pack the car, though. At a time when great white sharks terrorize bathers on both coasts, some spoil-sport health agencies close down beaches just because some teeny critters might cause stomach flu, skin rashes, pinkeye, respiratory infections, meningitis, and hepatitis. Wimps.

More:

“America’s Dirtiest Beaches,” Kate Sheppard, Mother Jones

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