The big problem with plastic

Consumer Reports details the big problem with plastic, revealing where most of the plastic you throw away ends up and explaining how to limit its environmental harm.
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DEP to require landfills to test for radioactivity from fracking waste

Leachate is tested for dozens of potential pollutants. But until now, landfills haven’t had to test it for radium, a radioactive material common in oil and gas waste.

Coastal landfills risk leaking long-banned toxic chemicals into the ocean

Killer whales are among the animals at risk from a 'second wave' of pollutants, as coasts erode and sea levels rise.

In push to find methane leaks, satellites gear up for the hunt

Stemming the methane leaks from landfills, oil fields, natural gas pipelines and more is one of the most powerful levers we have to quickly slow global warming. New satellites are pinpointing emitters of this potent greenhouse gas from space.

How Canada is moving to end the systemic ‘environmental racism’ that has been the toxic burden  Indigenous people for decades

Both Canada and the U.S. are taking action against the environmental injustice that has seen racialized and Indigenous peoples shoulder an unfair load of polluting industries and other environmental hazards.



WATCH: The tiny startup bringing recycling to Cape Town

Plastic, paper, metal and household waste — some 90% of trash ends up in landfills in South Africa. One recycling startup wants change that by rewarding those who separate their refuse.

Canada officially tosses plastic in the 'toxic' bin

Plastic is now considered toxic under Canada’s primary environmental law — the Canadian Environmental Protection Act — the Trudeau government announced Wednesday.

Seabirds under the microscope in new study of toxic pollution around Forth

A £2.3 million study into the potential effects of toxic chemicals from landfill sites on globally important seabird colonies is to be carried out in the First of Forth over the next three years.

How cities will fossilize

The grand metropolises of 21st Century civilisation will leave a geological legacy that will last for millennia, but some things will endure far longer than others.

Reducing methane is good for climate, health and can pay for itself – yet emissions are still rising fast, a new UN report warns

The lead author of a new UN report on methane explains the findings and how oil and gas companies could be making money and saving the planet at the same time.

Plastic gets to the oceans through over 1,000 rivers

Scientists used to think 20 rivers at most carried most plastic into the oceans, but now they know it’s far more, complicating potential solutions.

Climate change threatens to spread antibiotic resistance in the Arctic

More human activity and thawing permafrost both increase the risks that antibiotic resistance will spread more widely in the Arctic.

Living near a US Superfund site could shave a year off your life, study finds

Superfund sites are scattered across America: they're places like landfills and manufacturing plants so contaminated with hazardous waste that the federal government has designated them a national priority to clean up.

Even garbage is using blockchain now

Pilot projects that use innovative data collection to encourage recycling and responsible waste management are underway in Argentina, India and the U.S.
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Weaponization of water in South Asia

Climate change and unbalanced regional political power are driving an ongoing water crisis in Bangladesh.

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