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Amid hopes and fears, a plastics boom in Appalachia is on hold

The rise of fracking in Appalachia has fed visions of turning the Ohio River Valley into a petrochemical and plastics hub. But overproduction of plastic, opposition to natural gas pipelines, and public concern about rampant plastic waste are upending those plans.
Something is killing gray whales

Something is killing gray whales. Is it a sign of oceans in peril?

A leviathan die-off has alarmed legions of whale watchers and perplexed scientists up and down the western coast of North America for the past 2½ years.

Microbes, a missing piece in the biodiversity puzzle

‘Profound ignorance’: Microbes, a missing piece in the biodiversity puzzle

More numerous than stars, our planet’s microbes play an integral role in helping life thrive on Earth. But what happens when climate change, pollution and ocean acidification impact microbes? — We don’t know.
Waste plan floats bottle deposit scheme

Waste plan floats bottle deposit scheme

People will have to pay a returnable deposit on bottles, cans and disposable cups in a new strategy.