Coca-Cola and Pepsi face lawsuit over disposable plastic

A landmark suit filed in California is putting some of the biggest producers of plastic on trial.
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Toxics

Bay Area group sues Coke, Pepsi, other food giants over plastic pollution: ‘Poisoning everything’

A Bay Area environmental group sued some of the world's biggest food, beverage and product manufacturers Wednesday, accusing them of polluting the world's oceans and waterways, including San Francisco and Monterey bays, with millions of tons of plastic.

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Climate

Want a green Valentine’s Day gift? Don’t buy chocolate. Or roses

It takes quite a bit of carbon to get these traditional tokens of romance from farm fields into your sweetheart’s hands.
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Justice

A battle to protect forests unfolds in Central Africa

Indigenous people, environmentalists and industries vie for control over lands that can offer economic benefits or climate protection — but not always both.
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Climate

Ben Lamm: What colonizing Mars says about our attitude on climate change

Is colonizing another planet really the answer to the potential extinction of our own?
Climate

Ranking chocolate by labor and environmental records

The chocolate industry can be quite bad for the world. Make your choices accordingly.
Climate

How companies are changing supply chains to save the rain forest

Beef and leather and soy markets are the root cause of the destruction of the Amazon. Can companies make changes to their supply chains that will save what’s left?
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Biodiversity

Bacteria fly into the Atacama Desert every afternoon on the wind

The Atacama Desert is one of the most hostile places on Earth, but new microbes arrive there every day on dust grains carried by the wind.

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Toxics

Permian gas flaring hits new record highs for "widespread waste," pollution

The flaring of natural gas in West Texas' booming Permian Basin has exceeded previous estimates and is now contributing to far more "widespread waste" and pollution than ever before, according to a new report.
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A dusty Martian selfie

The Opportunity Rover sends a picture home from the middle of a massive dust storm.

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Drilling into Curiosity’s finds

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has hit new scientific pay dirt, unearthing "conclusive" evidence of organic molecules - the building blocks of life - in ancient lake bed sediments. It's also found a pattern to the levels of methane, another chemical often associated with life, in the planet's atmosphere.

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How to get to Mars without going mad

The technological challenges involved in sending a crewed mission to Mars are daunting, but new research highlights the need to focus on the psychology of spaceflight to prevent world's first Mars explorers arriving at their destination stark raving crazy.

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Climate

Debate ensues over British supermarket chain's decision to ban palm oil

The uproar over Iceland Foods' decision to ban palm oil from its own-label products has been loud and swift. While many applaud the move as a bold stance against deforestation and land grabbing by plantation companies, others — including some scientists and conservation groups — fear the British supermarket chain may be making things worse.

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The dangerous fringe theory behind the push toward herd immunity: Derrick Z. Jackson

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

My urban nature gem

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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