Governor backs petrochemical tax break bill in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday that he supports legislation that extends millions of dollars in tax breaks to turn natural gas into fertilizer and other chemicals as it speeds through the Legislature after emerging from closed-door negotiations with top Republican lawmakers.

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Plastic Pollution

Car tyres are major source of ocean microplastics - study

More than 200,000 tonnes of tiny plastic particles are blown from roads into the oceans every year, according to research.

Plastic Pollution

Reports: Work at Shell cracker plant will stop because of increase in coronavirus cases

There have been nine confirmed COVID-19 cases at Shell Chemical’s new ethane cracker plant in Beaver County, according to a company spokesperson.

Another reason to cut down on plastics

This month, millions of people across 177 countries have pledged to cut down on the amount of plastic they use, including by using environmentally conscious face masks.


Household chemicals that harm fish were found in Susquehanna River. This research aims to help

Lead scientist Katie Hayden plans to publish recommendations for products people can use that don't have the harmful chemicals, which are called endocrine-disrupting compounds.


St. James Parish takes on Big Plastic

In Cancer Alley, residents are fighting a new plastics factory, arguing its placement "reflects a racist society."


Coronavirus and the return of plastic – in pictures

Until recently it was possible to imagine the end of plastic, but COVID-19 has changed the game. Since the pandemic started, there has been a significant increase in plastic waste.


Janice Brahney: You’re probably inhaling microplastics right now

A new study found plentiful evidence of these tiny particles in dust in the nation’s most remote places.

US climate activists charged with 'terrorizing' lobbyist over plastic pollution stunt

Environmental activists opposing a plastics manufacturing facility in Louisiana have been booked with a felony for "terrorizing" an oil and gas lobbyist by delivering a box of plastic pellets found as pollution in bays on the Texas coast.

Plastic Pollution

Plastic 'has entered' Antarctic terrestrial food chain

Scientists have found bits of polystyrene in the guts of tiny, soil-dwelling organisms in the Antarctic, raising concern that microplastics pollution has already "deeply" entered the world's most remote land-based food systems.


Reusable containers safe during COVID-19 pandemic, say experts

More than 100 scientists will publish a signed statement on Monday to reassure the public that reusable containers are safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.


This plastics company is trying to stop Black residents from visiting a slave burial site on Juneteenth

Earlier today, a group of Black residents from St. James Parish, Louisiana, got the green light to visit the site, which is owned by plastics company Formosa.

Plastic superhighway: The awful truth of our hidden ocean waste

The average person swallows a credit-card-sized amount of plastic each week.


Unilever vows to invest €1bn in green projects

Multinational's 10-year plan puts focus on plastics and greener transport and production.

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A call for unbiased, honest science in peer-reviewed journals.

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Big Oil flows a little bit backward

Pipelines have had a very bad July (so far).

Beyond the “silver lining” of emissions reductions: Clean energy takes a COVID-19 hit

With job loss and stifled development in the renewable energy sector, economists, politicians, and advocates say policy action is necessary to stay on track.

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An exclusive look at important research just over the horizon that promises to impact our health and the environment

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