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With a presidential election looming, a wave of state-level legislation circulating, an international plastics treaty taking form and fights brewing over proposed facilities, 2024 is set to shape the regulatory future of chemical recycling in the U.S.

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When you think about plastic recycling, you probably picture plastic being converted into shiny new bottles, boxes and bags.
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A new bill has been passed to secure the future of a coal-fired power plant in Utah.

Alixel Cabrera reports for Utah News Dispatch.

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In a recent budget, Alberta has laid out plans to tax electric vehicles while banking on oil and gas revenues, signaling a complex environmental strategy.

Drew Anderson reports for The Narwhal.

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An analysis reveals that the U.S. is prioritizing road widening over public transportation, raising concerns over environmental impact and community health.

Oliver Milman reports for The Guardian.

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The Environmental Protection Agency delays implementing emissions regulations for existing natural gas plants, opting for a more comprehensive review to include more pollutants.

Matthew Daly reports for the Associated Press.

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An abandoned well explosion in West Texas exposes the broader issue of orphan wells and environmental oversight.

Martha Pskowski reports for Inside Climate News in partnership with Carlos Nogueras of the Texas Tribune.

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New York's Attorney General Letitia James accuses JBS, the world's largest meatpacker, of false advertising about its climate initiatives.

David Gelles and Manuela Andreoni report for The New York Times.

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Alberta has ended a seven-month moratorium on renewable energy project approvals, introducing new rules that could significantly limit development across vast areas of the province, raising questions about the future of the sector and billions in investment.

Drew Anderson reports for The Narwhal.

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SAULT SAINTE MARIE, Mich. — Peter McLarty technically stopped teaching science in 2000. But the retired high school teacher continues to educate — only now it’s about the dangers of a massive steel-making plant in his Northern Ontario community.

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In a pivotal moment for climate policy, the U.S. mulls over expanding its natural gas exports, raising alarms about global warming.

Shanna Hanbury reports for Mongabay.

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A report demands Shell address its extensive pollution legacy and safely decommission its abandoned oil infrastructure in the Niger Delta before exiting the region.

Sandra Laville reports for The Guardian.

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British Columbia's preparedness for hazardous spills is inadequate, with outdated response plans and insufficient compliance oversight, an audit finds.

Amanda Follett Hosgood and Andrew MacLeod report for The Tyee.

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Global pension funds are implicated in the deforestation of Brazil's Cerrado, impacting local communities and climate goals.

Sarah Sax and Maurício Angelo report for Grist.

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Despite President Joe Biden's initiative to embed climate advisers in the Export-Import Bank to scrutinize investments, the agency's support for fossil fuel projects continues unabated.

Sara Schonhardt reports for E&E News.

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Shell has unveiled Onward, a startup it claims will propel the energy sector toward a greener future. However, critics argue it's a clever disguise for continuing oil and gas operations.

Molly Taft reports for The Guardian in partnership with Drilled.

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A new report predicts a 50% increase in Americans exposed to unhealthy air by 2054, intensifying public health concerns.

Ava Sasani reports for The Guardian.

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Montana's high court is reviewing an appeal in the youth climate lawsuit, Held v. Montana, with significant backing from Republican leaders and business groups.

Blair Miller reports for the Daily Montanan.

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