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Plastic pollution in waterways harms marine life and could even affect human health. Learn how a combination of individual and collective actions can help make a dent in this growing global challenge. Featuring: Kera Abraham Panni, Monterey Bay Aquarium

This week, Peter Dykstra and Host Steve Curwood discuss the international rise of coal, with China's big push to increase coal power and Russia's Siberian coast playing an increasing role in shipping coal. In Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, two years of delays are preventing islanders from accessing the FEMA aid needed to recover after hurricanes Maria and Irma.

Peter Dykstra and Steve Curwood discuss an EV start-up replacing a shuttered GM plant in Ohio and the upcoming arrival of Polestar, an EV financed by Volvo and manufactured in China, to the Montreal market. They also consider an idea to convert the outer area of massive parking lots into urban farms.

Peter Dykstra joins Host Steve Curwood to take a look at the declining health of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Then, the two discuss how the United States became the world's number one oil producer over the past year.

Monsanto and its new owner, Bayer, are hit with a whopping $2 billion lawsuit judgement for health damage from the herbicide Roundup; the City of Montreal launches a campaign to label cigarette butt litterers as "Buttheads"

Anaerobic digestion describes the process of using microorganisms to break down food and animal waste, generating biogas as a result. Learn how biogas can be used as a renewable source of heat and energy, as well as hurdles hindering broad implementation.

Peter Dykstra takes Host Steve Curwood to Norway, where the government has decided against investing in drilling in the oil-rich Lofoten Islands. The opposite may happen in Florida, as President Trump moves towards developing offshore oil and gas drilling.

Peter Dykstra joins host Steve Curwood to discuss China's step away from nuclear power. In Florida, another energy shift is underway as Florida's biggest utility makes a switch from natural gas plants to solar power with batteries.