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How smog leads to tons of plastic trash

When the air pollution gets particularly bad, office workers in China are more likely to order lunch delivery—millions of meals and tons of plastic waste.
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Hygiene theater at restaurants is creating endless plastic waste

CDC guidance says eateries should use disposable dishes and cutlery—but most experts think reusables are just fine.
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Children

Are ‘kidfluencers’ making our kids fat?

Popular YouTube channels often bombard young children with thinly veiled ads for junk food, a new study finds.
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As state investigation continues into contamination at Fairfield dairy farm, nearby resident’s well water found to be contaminated with same chemicals

A connection between the contamination of milk produced at the Tozier Farm, on the Ohio Hill Road in Fairfield, and the contamination of Jerri-Lee Cookson's well, located on her property three miles away, is unconfirmed.
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Toxics

Plant-based food: Nothing wrong with a veggie burger

Whether they are committed carnivores or vigorous vegans, consumers need to be encouraged to read the ingredients on packs to understand what they are eating and how their food has arrived on their plate. This is about nutrition, not politics.

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Toxics

Blue Bell ice cream's ex-CEO covered up Listeria contamination, DOJ alleges

The Department of Justice charged the former president and CEO of Blue Bell Creameries with seven counts of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, alleging he worked to cover up Listeria contamination in its ice cream.

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Justice

Climate change driving food insecurity in First Nations while government stands by, report says

The federal government is not doing enough to support First Nations communities contending with food insecurity problems made worse by climate change - and is aggravating the situation by failing to adequately reduce greenhouse gas emissions — says a new report by the U.S.-based Human Rights Watch.

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Dunbar brewery fined £10,000 for water pollution damage

A brewery company has been fined £10,000 after admitting discharging caustic effluent into a sewer which caused damage to a waste water treatment works.

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Climate

Greta Thunberg accuses MEPs of 'surrender on climate and environment'

Greta Thunberg, the Swedish school strike pioneer and environmental activist, has accused MEPs of surrendering on the climate and environment by voting in favour of a watered-down reform of the EU's common agricultural policy.

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Geology’s human footprint is enough to spur rage

The catalogue of planetary devastation that is the human footprint is assembled in a new study by US and European scientists in the journal Nature Communications: Earth and Environment.

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Biodiversity

Vast majority of Europe's key habitats in poor or bad condition – report

The vast majority of protected landscapes across Europe are rated as in poor or bad condition and vital species and their habitats continue to decline despite targets aimed at protecting them, according to a report.

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Toxics

French dairy giant accused of polluting country's famous rivers for years

France's largest dairy company has repeatedly polluted the country's rivers over the past decade, according to a new report by French media organisation Disclose.

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Justice

The promise of pawpaw

Issues like climate change, economic inequity and access to food have brought more attention to this creamy fruit and its resilient tree.
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Can the climate-friendly grain kernza finally hit the big time?

With $10 million in new funding, farmers, researchers, and restaurants aim to bring the perennial grain grown for bread, cereal, beer, and more to the masses.
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Toxics

UK supermarket salad suppliers investigated over pesticides in rivers

The UK environment watchdog is examining whether more than 50 sites that supply salad and vegetables to supermarkets and other businesses are discharging chemical pollution into rivers and streams.

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Resumption of normal life in the United States under a herd immunity approach would result in an enormous death toll by all estimates.

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Thanks to the Clean Water Act and one relentless activist, Georgia's South River may finally stop stinking.

Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

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.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

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