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Can we please quit plastic toothbrushes?

Your toothbrush is part of the plastic crisis. It doesn’t have to be.
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A US engineer had a shocking plan to improve the climate – burn all coal on Earth

A prominent US engineer once argued we should set alight every coal mine on the planet - why did he believe it would improve the climate?

Appropriators reveal details for energy, environment bills

Programs at the Interior Department and EPA could face cuts. The Department of Energy is likely to see a small funding increase.
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Adam Mahoney: Pollution is driving Black Americans to the South. It may not be any better.

Pollution is contributing to Black Americans’ decision to move South, in a trend that is as worrying as it is moving.
Utah’s Great Salt Lake on verge of collapse
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Utah legislature takes aim at rights of nature movement

Nonhuman entities like corporations and municipalities have long had “legal personhood” in U.S. law. Now, Utah lawmakers want to prevent lakes, forests and other parts of nature from having the same legal status.
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Why are farmers protesting across the EU and what can the bloc do about it?

Food producers say increasing costs, tiny margins and climate policies leave livelihoods in peril.

Louisiana sues EPA for investigative emails
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‘Certainly intimidation’: Louisiana sues EPA for emails of journalists and ‘Cancer Alley’ residents

Deep south state escalates its fight against environmental protection with ‘rare’ use of public record laws.

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Groups push Biden administration to take leadership role at upcoming plastic treaty talks

The US has taken a “middle of the road position” so far, environmental groups say.

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Listen: Why communities in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia are fighting chemical recycling plants

EHN reporter Kristina Marusic discusses her new three-part series on the controversies surrounding chemical recycling.

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Latest chemical recycling plant closing spurs concern over the industry’s viability

Oregon’s Regenyx plant announced its closing in late February, with those involved calling it a success, despite never reaching planned capacity and millions of dollars lost.

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Everything you need to know for the fourth round of global plastic pollution treaty talks

Countries will meet this month in Ottawa to move forward on the historic treaty — but obstacles remain.

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Zero- and low-waste businesses band together against plastic pollution

As part of a national coalition, sustainable businesses are pooling resources to fight plastic pollution.

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Residents fear Pennsylvania, West Virginia chemical recycling proposals will deepen fossil fuel ties and pollution problems

"We’d like to be talking about positive things, focusing on our renewable energy future.”

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