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New super-enzyme eats plastic bottles six times faster

A super-enzyme that degrades plastic bottles six times faster than before has been created by scientists and could be used for recycling within a year or two.

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World leaders pledge to halt Earth’s destruction ahead of UN summit

World leaders have pledged to clamp down on pollution, embrace sustainable economic systems and eliminate the dumping of plastic waste in oceans by the middle of the century as part of "meaningful action" to halt the destruction of nature on Earth.

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'We’ve crossed a threshold': has industrial farming contributed to Ireland’s water crisis?

A surge in milk production has reaped economic rewards, but at what cost to once-pristine rivers and estuaries?
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'My friends were lied to': will coalminers stand by Trump as jobs disappear?

The president vowed to help the industry, but it continues shrinking despite his cuts to regulations.

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Support UK farmers to meet climate targets, ministers told

Farmers need more support from the government to plant the trees necessary to meet the UK's climate targets, ministers have been told, as they consider wide-ranging changes to farming payments after Brexit.

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Could Barrett 'shut the courthouse doors' on enviros?

If confirmed, Amy Coney Barrett, 48, will become the Supreme Court's sixth Republican-appointed justice, replacing one of the court's most liberal members and deepening a conservative majority on the bench that could affect the outcome of environmental litigation for decades.

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Sri Lanka returns illegal waste to Britain

Sri Lanka has shipped back to Britain container-loads of waste that the Colombo government said were brought into the island in violation of international laws governing the shipping of hazardous material.

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E.P.A. to promote lead testing rule as Trump tries to burnish his record

The E.P.A. will tout a new rule on testing lead in drinking water as President Trump's latest environmental achievement, but water experts see only modest improvements at best.
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World's richest 1% cause double CO2 emissions of poorest 50%, says Oxfam

Charity says world’s fast-shrinking carbon budget should be used to improve lot of poorest
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Living on Earth: Beyond the Headlines

Peter Dykstra and Living on Earth's Jenni Doering take a look at nurdles, tiny pellets of plastic that are turning up on coasts around the world. Then, the pair travel to the South African town of Ermelo, where coal miners are trying to switch to solar farms.

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Plastic pollution: Body Shop will buy 600 tons of waste plastic

Waste-pickers in some developing countries make a living by trading trash in an informal industry that can be dangerous and dirty, but The Body Shop is now working to source plastic from them — and wants other companies to join the initiative.
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How much Pittsburgh’s largest buildings contribute to climate change is public

Pittsburgh has released a list of which buildings emit the most greenhouse gases. It hopes this will make them invest in energy efficiency.
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