For this village in India, sustainability is rooted in tradition

“They want to drink from bamboo because it’s the original plastic.” A grassroots industry is emerging from a generations-old practice.
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Plastic Pollution

Florida legislative committee does flip-flop on plastic straw ban

A Florida Senate committee approved a bill that, instead of taking aim at plastic straw use, puts a five-year moratorium on locally enacted bans on plastic straws. Environmentalists cry foul.
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Toxics

Plastic straws now officially banned in D.C.

Plastic straws pollute rivers and oceans and harm wildlife. D.C. is now the second city in the nation to ban them.
Toxics

McDonald's is ditching plastic straws in Australia, too

One week after Starbucks announced it would phase out plastic straws by 2020, McDonald's has unveiled similar plans to phase them out in Australia by the same year.

Originals

The sad, ugly fate of our plastic trash in the ocean

Sea turtles of all species are succumbing to a rising wave of trash in oceans and on beaches, according to a global survey of plastic marine pollution conducted by researchers at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom.

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Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

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.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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