Six state bag bans passed in 2019, many of which will go into effect this year, and more are advancing in legislatures across the country in places like Colorado and Maryland, plus an unprecedented federal plastics bill proposed in Congress in February.
New York retailers have begun giving up single-use plastic bags as the state prepares for the March 1 implementation of a ban aimed at reducing pollution, but many of those who support a move away from plastic are worried the new law doesn't go far enough.
Southeast Asia's second-largest economy suspended an imminent move to ban three agrochemicals over safety fears. The Donald Trump administration, however, knew how to hit Thailand where it hurts.
Japan plans to make it mandatory to charge for plastic shopping bags at supermarkets, convenience stores, drugstores and department stores as the country combats marine pollution by plastic waste.
A growing number of environmentalists are warning that "scrubbers" increasingly used to clean dirty cargo ship fuel and improve air quality are discharging pollutants into the sea.
Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.
Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.
An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.
Hunter-donated meat provides crucial protein to US food banks. But an EHN investigation found a lack of oversight that could result in potentially hundreds of thousands of lead-contaminated meals this year.