West Virginia's Toxic Spill Water Will Be Pumped Into Wells Beneath Ohio

The geology of the Gulf Coast and the Great Lakes makes the land around them particularly suitable for an ugly task: hazardous waste disposal. There, hundreds of injection wells, each up to 10,000 feet deep, contain the chemical leftovers from steel mills, wastewater treatment, and more. » 4/22/14 5:20pm 4/22/14 5:20pm

Do You Live Near a Risky Chemical Plant?

This map shows the 9,000 chemical plants across the U.S. where, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, a "catastrophic chemical release" could occur. It helps us answer an unsavory question—whether you live near a potentially dangerous chemical plant. » 4/18/14 8:50am 4/18/14 8:50am

A toxic and deadly week in landscape reads. We learn how, remarkably, tourist poop is flown by helicopter out of national parks, how Silicon Valley exports toxic waste all over the country, how poison lurks in our old televisions, and how the land can just fall away in the form of Washington's deadly mudslide. » 3/25/14 5:31pm 3/25/14 5:31pm

Gross, Here Are 5 Toxic Chemicals in Your Food

You know what I hate about eating? The constant conversation on whether this food is good for you or bad for you. It seems to change everyday! New reports say this will cause cancer. Other reports say the same thing can prevent it. Even awful food that contains arsenic and other toxic chemicals can be somehow… » 7/02/13 8:00pm 7/02/13 8:00pm

Hungary's Red Sludge Disaster Zone Still Looks Apocalyptic Two Years…

In 2010, a lake of caustic, poison mud from an aluminum manufacturing operation spilled out and destroyed a nearby town, along with much of the native life. Humans were killed and burned, property destroyed. And it still looks like Mars. » 7/10/12 4:20pm 7/10/12 4:20pm

Toxic Glue Causes Mysterious F-22 Pilot Syndrome, Says Expert

There is still no official explanation for the ongoing hypoxia-like symptoms experienced by F-22 Raptor pilots. The USAF investigation concluded that they have no clue. Now, someone else claims to know the source of the problem, which has grounded the fleet repeatedly. » 6/21/12 5:20pm 6/21/12 5:20pm

Who Knew Selling Super Strong Rat Poison 60 Times More Powerful Than…

New York City is littered with filthy rats and it's not unreasonable to want to kill 'em all with poison. Too bad it's going to be a lot harder to do that because sellers of the best rat poison—61 times more powerful than normal—have been arrested in a sting operation. » 9/20/11 2:40pm 9/20/11 2:40pm

Smoking Weed Is Really Bad for the Environment (Doing Other Drugs Is…

Marijuana, hue notwithstanding, is not exactly new school green. In fact, it's the worst drug for the environment. Marijuana growers use $5 billion worth of electricity to power lightbulbs, fans, dehumidifiers and whatever else it takes to grow weed. That's 1% of the national electricity consumption. » 9/07/11 1:40pm 9/07/11 1:40pm

The Dirty Toxic Secret Behind Our Disposable Gadgets

No piece of electronics lasts forever, craftsmanship aside. But it might be the case that some devices we buy are meant for an early grave—so we can upgrade. And who pays the price? Maybe, the entire planet does. » 11/09/10 11:40pm 11/09/10 11:40pm

Hungary in State of Emergency After Waves of Toxic Burning Mud Pour Out…

You might not know what alumina is—neither did I. But hundreds of Hungarians do, after torrents of the stuff poured out of a plant and through their villages, prompting the country to declare a state of emergency. UPDATED » 10/05/10 5:20pm 10/05/10 5:20pm

Is Airplane Fuel Responsible For 8,000 Deaths A Year?

A new report from MIT is linking airplanes to deaths...on the ground. The study suggests that airplanes flying at their normal altitude (35,000 ft) are emitting dangerous pollutants that contribute to 8,000 deaths a year. » 9/29/10 10:00am 9/29/10 10:00am

60 Minutes Reporter Investigates China's E-Waste Pits, Gets Attacked

Click to view » 11/07/08 1:25am 11/07/08 1:25am 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley went to Guiyi, China to document the lives of Chinese e-waste workers there. He was able to get footage of what these pits, which process much of the toxic electronic scrap we in the West throw away, look like—despite being jumped by angry e-waste lot owners and…

Greenpeace on Apple MacBook 2008 Redesign: Good, but Not Good Enough

Greenpeace is dead set on giving Apple and Steve Jobs an inferiority complex. With one hand, the environmental group patted Apple on the head » 10/19/08 12:00pm 10/19/08 12:00pm after the unveiling of its . With the other hand, however, it managed to knock Apple down a peg or two for still not doing enough to save the environment. "Compared to where…