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.
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Discarded COVID masks and gloves are really bad for the environment

Discarded COVID-19 masks and gloves will still litter the ground long after the pandemic. An expert says there are more environmental-friendly alternatives.

LISTEN: Why have sperm counts more than halved in the past 40 years?

Dr Shanna Swan has spent more than 20 years examining how chemicals in plastics are causing our fertility to decline – and what we can do about it.


Regulators missing pollution’s effect on marine life, study finds

Increasing chemical and plastic pollution are "significant" contributors to the decline of fish and other aquatic organisms, yet their impact is being missed by regulators, according to a report by environmentalists.


Surfers Against Sewage launches long-term plastic waste clean-up

The public is being urged to clear plastic and litter from their local beaches, rivers and parks as part of a million-mile clean-up to mark the emergence from lockdown.


Opinion: Amazon uses a lot of plastic. It doesn’t have to.

The world’s biggest online retailer must become a leader in reducing single-use packaging.

How plastics are making us infertile — and could even lead to human extinction

In an interview, Dr. Shanna Swan explains how sperm counts are dropping every year thanks to plastic pollution.


Queensland passes laws banning 'killer' single-use plastics

Environmentalists hail 'fantastic news' for the state's turtles, whales and seabirds.


Countries tried to curb trade in plastic waste. The U.S. is shipping more

Data shows that American exporters continue to ship plastic waste overseas, often to poorer countries, even though most of the world has agreed to not accept it.

Australia to miss plastic reduction targets without tougher enforcement, waste industry says

Australia is likely to miss all of its own targets to rid the environment of plastic unless there is a major overhaul of its management and enforcement, conservationists and waste industry representatives say.


The backroom battle between industry, Ottawa and environmentalists over plastics regulation

Canada's $28-billion plastics industry has always resisted efforts to curtail production. But with the federal government proposing a ban on certain single-use items and looking to classify plastic as toxic, the pushback has grown even greater.

Polystyrene to be phased out next year under Australia's plastic waste plan

Polystyrene foam commonly used to package consumer goods will be phased out in Australia by mid-2022 as part of a national plan to combat mounting plastic waste.


Could plastic roads make for a smoother ride?

From lower carbon emissions to fewer potholes, there are a number of benefits to building a layer of plastic into roads.

New science on microplastics suggests macro problems: Op-ed

With hundreds of millions of tonnes of plastic discarded into the environment over the past few decades, scientists are now learning that what is visible is only the tip of the plastic waste iceberg.


Pollution in Black communities should make environmental justice a racial justice issue for Biden administration

Industrial pollution has sickened and poisoned Black communities for decades. Environmental justice experts have a solution to stop this.
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U.S. Steel abandons clean tech plans in Pittsburgh region following damning health study

The company scraps planned Pennsylvania investments and will instead shut down three polluting batteries in 2023. The announcement comes a week after a study shows lower lung function in people living near its Pittsburgh-region facility.

LISTEN: The allure of regenerative agriculture

"Every being is the full expression of themselves."

Fertility & Environmental Justice: A conversation with Shanna Swan and Annie Hoang

"These toxics chemicals are affecting you—not just the polar bears, the insects, and the birds."

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

Can marine protected areas reduce marine disease?

EHN talked to marine disease experts about the role of increasing ocean protection in combating rising disease rates.

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