Both sides in CAFO ban battle face off

Both sides of a ballot initiative that could ban new industrial hog farming in Millard County squared off last week during two political forums.

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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.


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.”

Hidden beneath the ocean's surface, nearly 16 million tons of microplastic

New research shows that the amount of fragments embedded in the sea floor is far more than the plastic floating on the ocean’s surface.

For cities, 2020 really is a garbage year

Housebound urban residents are making more garbage, and budget-strapped cities are having trouble keeping up. 

‘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.

High cadmium levels in fly ash at 2 waste plants

New Delhi: High cadmium levels have been found in the fly ash at two out of the three waste-to-energy plants in the capital.

Nearly 30,000 tonnes of sewage sludge containing human waste to enter UK

Sewage sludge containing human waste from the Netherlands has been passed for import to the UK, to be used on farmland as fertiliser, despite concerns over the safety of its use.


Big oil is in trouble. Its plan: Flood Africa with plastic

Faced with plunging profits and a climate crisis that threatens fossil fuels, the industry is demanding a trade deal that weakens Kenya's rules on plastics and on imports of American trash.


Trash piles up in parks, just when New Yorkers need them the most

Budget cuts have left some of New York City’s green spaces with unmown lawns, unemptied garbage cans and littered playgrounds.

Beirut explosion caused massive pollution – how bad is it?

Nearly 3,000 tons of ammonium-nitrate released toxic gases in Lebanon's capital earlier this month. Are cleanup efforts are aggravating the problem?


The Climate Crisis Is Still a Crisis

If the fate of American democracy is on the ballot in November, so too is the future of the planet.

Italy garbage dips with virus lockdowns, but plastics rise

Italy produced 10% less garbage during its coronavirus lockdown, but environmentalists warn that increased reliance on disposable masks and packaging is imperiling efforts to curb single-use plastics that end up in oceans and seas.


How the world’s largest garbage dump became a green oasis

The radical fix for a noxious landfill in Staten Island: Bury the trash, plant some grass and do nothing for 20 years.

WATCH: The search for plastics alternatives

As waste piles up, a number of companies are exploring alternatives to single-use plastics, experimenting with everything from mushroom packaging to advanced fibers to plastics-free grocery stores. But it may take serious legislative efforts to incentive adoption and slow the rise of the industry overall.

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The dangerous fringe theory behind the push toward herd immunity: Derrick Z. Jackson

Resumption of normal life in the United States under a herd immunity approach would result in an enormous death toll by all estimates.

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.

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.

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.

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