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Plastic industry pushes for recycling as a solution to pollution crisis

The petrochemical industry claims to support a global treaty to curb plastic pollution but emphasizes recycling over production caps.

Joseph Winters reports for Grist.

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Plastic Free July needs systemic change, not just consumer action

A recent analysis argues that while Plastic Free July aims to reduce plastic use, significant impact requires action from governments and companies, not just consumers.

Bhavna Middha and Ralph Horne write for The Conversation.

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WATCH: Enduring the “endless” expansion of the nation’s petrochemical corridor

WATCH: Enduring the “endless” expansion of the nation’s petrochemical corridor

As mounds of dredged material from the Houston Ship Channel dot their neighborhoods, residents are left without answers as to what dangers could be lurking.

In the course of a century, Houston, once known for its magnolia flowers, turned into the “energy capital of the world.” To many, at 52 miles long and deepening under its 11th expansion, the Houston Ship Channel represents its epicenter.

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Reimagining plastic usage to combat pollution

In an interview with CBC, environmental scientist Pete Myers advocates for a significant reduction in plastic production and emphasizes the urgent need to address plastic pollution's health impacts.

Mark Kelley reports for CBC.

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Opinion: Houston's petrochemical exports fuel Europe's growing plastics crisis

Europe grapples with escalating plastic pollution, driven by petrochemical imports from Texas. A recent report by Amnesty International shows how some of these imported petrochemical products are linked to environmental racism, and calls for more stringent rules to restrict the proliferation of polluting plastics.

Alysha Khambay writes in euobserver.

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Ottawa talks aim to forge a global treaty on plastic pollution

International discussions continue in Canada, aiming to finalize a global treaty to combat plastic pollution by year's end.

Valerie Volcovici reports for Reuters.

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Big brands commit to disclosing and cutting down on plastic usage under investor pressure

Activist investors secure early wins in reducing plastic use among major corporations like Disney and Hormel, spotlighting the growing influence of shareholder advocacy on environmental practices.

Joseph Winters reports for Grist.

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