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Beaver County, Pennsylvania, residents face pollution and lawsuits from Shell's ethane cracker plant

Beaver County, Pennsylvania, residents face pollution and lawsuits from Shell's ethane cracker plant

Despite promises of economic growth, Shell's ethane cracker in Beaver County, Pennsylvania has drawn legal challenges and health concerns over its emissions and pollution.

Kiley Bense reports for Inside Climate News.

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Global plastic treaty talks stall without consensus

Talks were scheduled to end on Monday but continued overnight as negotiators sparred over how to address overproduction.

Valerie Volcovici reports for Reuters.

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Why a “fracking refugee” is attending the global plastics treaty negotiations
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Why a “fracking refugee” is attending the global plastics treaty negotiations

“Fracking and building pipelines in order to create more poisonous plastic is ruining people’s lives.”

Jill Hunkler, an Ohio resident who considers herself a “fracking refugee,” is telling her family’s story at the global plastics treaty negotiations in Ottawa this week, where negotiators from about 175 countries are working to advance a treaty to address global plastic pollution.

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California close to wrapping investigation on Exxon's role in plastic pollution

California close to wrapping investigation on Exxon's role in plastic pollution

California's Attorney General announced an impending decision on potential legal actions against Exxon Mobil Corp over its role in global plastic pollution.

Valerie Volcovici reports for Reuters.

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Gulf Coast sees petrochemical surge, raising environmental and economic concerns

Gulf Coast sees petrochemical surge, raising environmental and economic concerns

A new report highlights the rapid expansion of petrochemical facilities along the Gulf Coast, drawing billions in tax breaks despite pollution concerns.

Dylan Baddour reports for Inside Climate News.

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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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The illusion of plastic recycling: a 40 year deception

A recent report reveals a decades-long campaign by the plastics industry falsely promoting the feasibility of plastic recycling.

Joseph Winters reports for Grist.

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