As the novel coronavirus ravages the world — and economic signs point to a severe recession on the way — environmental emergencies remain real and capable of creating further catastrophe within just a few short years.
Some of the world's biggest consumer brand companies have promised to dramatically boost recycling. Yet some of those same companies have made — and failed to deliver on — similar promises in the past.
Tearing open a chocolate wrapper or twisting the cap off a plastic bottle could be releasing polluting microplastics into the air, raising fears that boosting plastic recycling rates may not be enough to stem the problem of microplastic pollution.
As with plastic bottles and aluminum cans, Americans suck at recycling the lithium-ion batteries in laptops, iPhones, and Teslas. A new bill circulating in Congress, the Battery and Critical Mineral Recycling Act of 2020, seeks to change that.
City Council Speaker Corey Johnson unveiled his plan for creating more environmentally friendly Big Apple, laying proposals to invest in green infrastructure, mandate textile recycling, increase bike parking and to transform Rikers Island from a jail complex into a renewable energy hub.
Black or blue. That is the choice that most Americans have when they throw something away, or recycle. Yet, knowing the correct choice of which to pick is not always simple as plastics in the blue bin and waste in the trash.