Latest Water pollution News

Red tide reaches Florida's Space Coast

Oct. 18, 2018 3:03 PM EDT

MELBOURNE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A toxic algae bloom has reached Florida's Space Coast. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Wednesday said red tide had reached parts of Brevard County. The wildlife commission says red tide now spans from Miami-Dade County to halfway up Florida's east...

Water pollution in Iraq threatens Mandaean religious rites

Oct. 17, 2018 2:17 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Every Sunday in Iraq, along a strip of embankment on the Tigris River reserved for followers of the obscure and ancient Mandaean faith, worshippers bathe themselves in the waters to purify their souls. But unlike in ancient times, the storied river that runs through Baghdad is fouled by...

Experts: Hurricane Michael failed to end Florida's red tide

Oct. 15, 2018 3:42 PM EDT

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Michael failed to break up a patchy and toxic algae bloom that has lingered in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida's shoreline for the last year, experts said Monday, meaning the red tide outbreak could continue to cause problems in the weeks ahead. Hurricanes can break up...

The Latest: Utilities slowly come back in storm-hit Florida

Oct. 13, 2018 11:06 AM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of Hurricane Michael (all times local): 11 a.m. Power and cellphone service is starting to be restored in parts of Florida's storm-battered Panhandle. State emergency management officials reported Saturday that nearly 264,000 customers remain without...

Life-sized plastic whale to raise ocean pollution awareness

Oct. 12, 2018 5:38 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Artists are putting the finishing touches on an 82-foot-long (24-meter-long) blue whale made from discarded plastic that will be on display near San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge to raise awareness about ocean pollution. The Monterey Bay Aquarium said Friday a blue whale can weigh...

US mayors want federal help to improve old water pipes

Oct. 12, 2018 3:53 PM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — U.S. mayors say more help is needed from the federal government to replacing old, failing water pipes. Members of the United States Conference of Mayors' Water Council are meeting Friday in Flint, Michigan, which continues to recover from a water crisis. Mayor David Berger of Lima,...

Biosphere 2 legacy lives on more than quarter century later

Oct. 12, 2018 9:52 AM EDT

ORACLE, Ariz. (AP) — They lived for two years and 20 minutes under the glass of a miniature Earth, complete with an ocean, rain forest, desert, grasslands and mangroves. Their air and water were recycled, and they grew the sweet potatoes, rice and other food they needed to survive. About 1,500 people were...

Market forces put America's recycling industry in the dumps

Oct. 10, 2018 10:32 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — America's recycling industry is in the dumps. A crash in the global market for recyclables is forcing communities to make hard choices about whether they can afford to keep recycling or should simply send all those bottles, cans and plastic containers to the landfill. Mountains of paper...

US Gulf Coast bracing for 'monstrous' Hurricane Michael

Oct. 8, 2018 11:23 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Residents of Florida's Panhandle frantically filled sandbags, boarded up homes and secured boats Monday as they anxiously awaited Hurricane Michael, which forecasters warned could smash into the state's Gulf Coast as a dangerous major hurricane within days. Fueled by warm tropical waters,...

Fuel spill in Mediterranean after ships collide near Corsica

Oct. 7, 2018 4:04 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Two merchant ships collided north of the French island of Corsica on Sunday, causing a 4-kilometer (2.4 mile) fuel spill in the Mediterranean Sea that French and Italian authorities are working to contain. No one was injured in Sunday's collision, but it smashed a hole of several meters...