San Diego County moves to organic waste recycling, adds other environmental measures

A plan to recycle yard and food waste was among several climate measures passed Tuesday, including sustainability planning and a native landscaping policy.

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Used furniture is about to become a $16.6 billion business

Americans dump 12 million tons of furniture into landfills annually. What if we kept these pieces circulating in the economy?

How does the U.S. approach to the environment look from abroad?

We asked 10 people from around the world what they thought of America’s approach to the environment. It didn’t go well.

‘Climate change is not a subjective thing.' How does the U.S. approach to the environment look from abroad?

We asked 10 people from around the world what they thought of America’s approach to the environment. It didn’t go well.

California has a recycling problem

It's like magic: Every week, plastics, mixed paper and cans go in a big blue bin, are hauled out to the curb and then — poof! — recycled into something new in some distant facility. In reality, there's more myth than magic at work.


Meet the can crushers

Pandemic boredom, a love of the environment, and a little encouragement from mom led a brother and sister team in Pittsburgh to start an aluminum can recycling business.

Wrangell Tribe helps keep thousands of pounds of e-waste out of landfills

In an area like Southeast Alaska, any shipment of heavy old tech costs more than many individuals or companies can afford.


Waste firm hit with $2.1 million lawsuit over Magothy runoff that stopped yellow perch spawn

The state of Maryland is keeping its recent promise to hold a waste management and recycling company accountable for stormwater runoff that washed sediment into the Magothy River headwaters, compromising this year's yellow perch spawn.


This fish stuck in a disposable glove is a warning about the risks of COVID-19 litter

Around the world, people are finding animals affected by masks, gloves, and other PPE. “The material that is helping us is harming others,” says one scientist.

Soap refill company Gelo is salvaging soap dispensers from other brands

The cleaned bottles are recovered from friends and family and “a little bit of dumpster diving in Midtown Manhattan.”

Cleaning denim′s reputation, one pair of jeans at a time

Jeans are a fashion staple but an environmental headache. To resolve this dilemma, the industry has become a melting pot of solutions.

Paul Greenberg, Carl Safina: We need an infrastructure package for nature

The long-term needs of ecosystems should come before our knee-jerk demands to get back to life.

Having your desalination and eating it, too

A small-scale experiment shows that brine waste from desalination can be turned into fertilizer for hydroponic plants.

Recycling in Maine salvages 3 tough years

Experts say China's ban forced Maine and the country to confront 'flaws' in its waste system, and advocates hope greater awareness and pending state and federal legislation will kick-start more recycling.

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.
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Climate change, chaos, and cannibalism

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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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