Plastic pollution, overfishing and climate change are all taking an enormous toll on the planet's life-support system. The oceans are acidifying, sea levels are rising, and coral reefs are dying. But it's not all doom and gloom.
The cruise industry markets its ocean voyages as a chance for vacationers to "return to the sea" and forget their troubles onshore. But keeping 5,000 people afloat, fat, and happy comes with hidden environmental costs.
Nineteen households and a church in the community of Dukeville, NC were sent letters by the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) warning them not to drink or cook with well water due to elevated levels of toxic heavy metals.