Greensburg, Kansas rebuilt without carbon emissions after a tornado nearly destroyed it

As communities around the country decimated by fires and floods also face rebuilding, and a country stalled by a pandemic reimagines life after a vaccine, the city on the prairie offers some lessons in green living.

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Kenya’s ′waste warriors′ rely on trash for income

The downturn in hospitality and tourism as a result of the coronavirus pandemic means scavenging has become even less lucrative than before.


How Big Oil misled the public into believing plastic would be recycled

An NPR and PBS Frontline investigation reveals how the oil and gas industry used the promise of recycling to sell more plastic, even when they knew it would never work on a large scale.

House passed another "Save Our Seas" act. Here's why it won't work

“There’s a reason the plastics industry likes this. It’s because they don’t really have to do anything.”
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Ike Brannon: Being green when drinking - what is the environmentally superior container?

How do packaged water containers like aluminum, glass, and paper compare to plastic?


New British standard for biodegradable plastic introduced

A new British standard for biodegradable plastic is being published which scientists say will cut through a jungle of classifications that leave consumers confused.


Why 'biodegradable' isn't what you think

It sounds positive, but there are a few ways the label ‘biodegradable’ may cause more problems than it solves.

‘Super-enzyme’ speeds up breakdown of plastic, researchers say

A new cocktail of enzymes that degrades plastic faster is a step to fully recycling soda bottles and other waste, British and American researchers said this week.

New super-enzyme eats plastic bottles six times faster

A super-enzyme that degrades plastic bottles six times faster than before has been created by scientists and could be used for recycling within a year or two.


As COVID-19 closes schools, the world's children go to work

Former students are taking illegal and often dangerous jobs in India and other developing countries, potentially rolling back years of progress in social mobility and public health.

Plastic pollution: Body Shop will buy 600 tons of waste plastic

Waste-pickers in some developing countries make a living by trading trash in an informal industry that can be dangerous and dirty, but The Body Shop is now working to source plastic from them — and wants other companies to join the initiative.

The problem with recycling? One word: Plastics

No matter how well we sort, much of what we throw away cannot be reused.

No plastic bags, straws, or hotel shampoo bottles by 2025 as China embarks on journey to reduce and replace polluting material

China, the biggest producer of plastic waste on the planet, is poised to kick off a five-year plan to reduce and replace the pollutant, in an ambitious program with far-reaching implications on the nation's supply chain, while creating billions of dollars of new business opportunities.


Is plastic recycling a lie? Oil companies touted recycling to sell more plastic

An NPR and PBS Frontline investigation reveals how the oil and gas industry used the promise of recycling to sell more plastic, even when they knew it would never work on a large scale.

Food wrappers passed cigarette butts as the most common beach trash

Of the nearly 32.5 million pieces of trash collected by Ocean Conservancy cleanups, there were 4.7 million food wrappers.
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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.

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.

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.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

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