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Microbeads are used in many exfoliating body and facial cleansers, and in some whitening toothpaste brands, because of the tiny materials' abrasive qualities. (Photo supplied to CBS)

Move To Ban Microbeads Moves Forward Amid Phase-Out Agreements

Environmentalists, lawmakers and representatives of the cosmetics industry met at the Shedd Aquarium on Wednesday day to talk about an agreement to stop the use of “microbeads” in personal care products in Illinois.

04/16/2014

The Chicago Lock separates the darker water of the Chicago River -- and the untreated sewage it carries -- from the lighter-colored water of Lake Michigan. (Credit: CBS)

Environmentalists Want Definitive End To Sewage Dumps Into Lake

Indefinite discharges of raw sewage into Lake Michigan won’t cut it for a coalition of environmental groups, which Thursday asked a federal judge to set aside a proposed consent decree.

09/06/2013

Volunteers with the Shedd Aquarium clean up trash and debris from the nearby 12th Street Beach on April 18, 2012, after the aquarium adopted the beach for Earth Day. The aquarium will sweep the beach once a month through October to clean up trash and debris left in the sand. (Credit: CBS)

Low Lake Levels Reveal More Debris On Great Lakes Beaches

Less water reveals garbage that had been hidden in Lake Michigan and the other Great Lakes, according to the Alliance for the Great Lakes.

04/12/2013