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She tried to avoid plastic while grocery shopping for a week. Here's how it went

Sat, 2022/07/02 - 2:00am

Worried about the proliferation of plastic trash in the environment and her own body, a journalist tried to shop plastic-free for 7 days. She found plastic in a lot of sneaky and surprising places.

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A Biden administration offshore drilling proposal would allow up to 11 sales

Sat, 2022/07/02 - 12:02am

The proposal brought immediate backlash from environmentalists who accused Biden of betraying the climate cause, while oil industry officials said it would do little to counter high energy prices.

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The EPA prepares for its 'counterpunch' after the Supreme Court ruling

Fri, 2022/07/01 - 1:49pm

The Supreme Court's ruling that curbs the power of the EPA will slow its ability to respond to the climate crisis, but "does not take the EPA out of the game," according to its administrator.

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India begins to ban single-use plastics including cups and straws

Fri, 2022/07/01 - 1:32pm

Other items like water or soda bottles or snack bags aren't banned yet. But the government has set targets for manufacturers to be responsible for recycling or disposing of them after their use.

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Shredded trees, dead dolphins and wildfires — how Russia's invasion is hurting nature

Fri, 2022/07/01 - 6:39am

The environmental impacts from Russia's invasion of Ukraine could be felt far longer than the war itself.

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California sets the nation's toughest rules for the reduction of plastics

Fri, 2022/07/01 - 4:29am

Companies selling shampoo, food and other products wrapped in plastic have a decade to cut down on their use of the polluting material if they want their wares on California store shelves.

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Nonwhite Americans are eating less meat. Vegan activists of color explain why

Fri, 2022/07/01 - 2:39am

The increase in nonwhite Americans identifying as vegetarian and eating less meat is part of the longstanding work of vegan activists of color to make plant-based eating more accessible.

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The effect the Supreme Court's climate decision may have

Thu, 2022/06/30 - 2:15pm

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Environment Protection Agency does not have the authority to mandate carbon emissions reductions from existing power plants.

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With time ticking for climate action, Supreme Court limits ways to curb emissions

Thu, 2022/06/30 - 10:01am

The U.S. Supreme Court's opinion in a key environmental case, WV v. EPA, says the federal agency lacks authority to use greenhouse gas emissions caps to force fossil fuel power plants out of business.

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Supreme Court restricts the EPA's authority to mandate carbon emissions reductions

Thu, 2022/06/30 - 7:09am

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency does not have the authority to mandate carbon emissions from existing power plants.

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Nuclear power is gaining support after years of decline. But old hurdles remain

Thu, 2022/06/30 - 2:01am

Investment from the government and private sector are changing the trajectory of the aging U.S. nuclear fleet and spurring development of new nuclear technology.

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Dogs are sniffing out disease in animals vital to traditions of the Blackfeet tribe

Wed, 2022/06/29 - 2:01am

Montana's Blackfeet Nation is experimenting with a new way to detect chronic wasting disease in animals and toxic substances in plants used by tribal members for food and cultural practices.

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Whale entanglements may be dropping but the threat remains, feds say

Wed, 2022/06/29 - 12:05am

Entanglement in fishing gear is one of the two biggest threats to declining species of whales, along with collisions with ships.

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Floating in a rubber dinghy, a filmmaker documents the Indus River's water woes

Tue, 2022/06/28 - 9:48am

Pakistani filmmaker Wajahat Malik pulled together an expedition to raft down the 2,000-mile river. He hopes to reconnect people with the Indus, which is being threatened by overuse and climate change.

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The strange underground economy of tree poaching

Tue, 2022/06/28 - 3:30am

A new book dives deep into the fascinating criminal world of tree theft and efforts to combat it.

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Some cities cancel Fourth of July fireworks because of shortages and fire concerns

Mon, 2022/06/27 - 5:46pm

Some major fireworks displays are canceled again this year — some over wildfire concerns amid dry weather and others because of enduring pandemic-related staffing and supply chain issues.

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Tokyo warned of power crunch as Japan endures heat wave

Sun, 2022/06/26 - 11:56pm

Weather officials announce the earliest end to the country's annual summer rainy season since the Japan Meteorological Agency began keeping records in 1951.

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An Aquinnah Wampanoag elder is restoring some land to what it was before colonists

Thu, 2022/06/23 - 1:47pm

On the island of Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, members of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe are trying to restore land to the way it looked, smelled and sounded pre-colonialism.

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Think all bacteria are microscopic? Tell that to these centimeter-long monsters

Thu, 2022/06/23 - 11:01am

The largest bacteria known to science have been discovered in the Caribbean. They're visible to the naked eye and surprisingly complex.

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How 'superworms' could help solve the trash crisis

Thu, 2022/06/23 - 2:08am

A new study from Australia shows that larvae of the darkling beetle can eat polystyrene — the material behind plastic foam.

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