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Why Plastic Pollution Is Even Worse Than You Think

Why Plastic Pollution Is Even Worse Than You Think

Along the banks of the Mississippi River, right before it spills out past New Orleans into the sea lies Cancer Alley. An 85 mile strip of shoreline where residents are contracting cancer at astronomical rates. But this isn’t a phenomenon based in genetics or some cruel twist of fate. Cancer Alley is the product of […]

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    Video Reveals Water Contamination, ‘Brazen Disregard’ for Amazon by ‘Sustainable’ Palm Oil Industry

    Video Reveals Water Contamination, ‘Brazen Disregard’ for Amazon by ‘Sustainable’ Palm Oil Industry

    During 18 months, Mongabay investigated allegations challenging the “sustainable” status of the Brazilian palm oil supply chain, revealing impacts including deforestation and water contamination, and what appears to be an industry-wide pattern of brazen disregard for Amazon conservation and for the rights of Indigenous people and traditional communities in northern Pará state. In this behind-the-scenes […]

    The Greenwashing Files: Fossil Fuel Giants Accused of ‘Deceptive’ Advertising

    The Greenwashing Files: Fossil Fuel Giants Accused of ‘Deceptive’ Advertising

    By Rich Collett-White and Rachel Sherrington Fossil fuel companies could face legal challenges over their misleading advertising, after a DeSmog investigation uncovered the extent of their “greenwashing.” Environmental lawyers ClientEarth have put companies on notice with the publication of the Greenwashing Files. The analyses, which use DeSmog’s research, show how adverts of major fossil fuel […]

    Taste Alone Won’t Persuade Americans to Swap Out Beef for Plant-Based Burgers

    Taste Alone Won’t Persuade Americans to Swap Out Beef for Plant-Based Burgers

    By Anna Mattila The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. The Big Idea​ Consumers are more likely to choose a plant-based meat substitute when the restaurant’s advertising highlights the social benefits of doing so rather than its taste, according to recently published research I conducted with a colleague. We also found […]

    Why the Environmental Movement Should Stop Ignoring Asian Americans

    Why the Environmental Movement Should Stop Ignoring Asian Americans

    By Christina Choi When my five-year-old notices her dad running the water for any reason at all, she yells (at the top of her lungs and in a robot voice, of course), “ALERT. ALERT. WASTING WATER ALERT. ALERT, ALERT!” It makes me laugh but also warms my heart every time, knowing the importance of saving […]

    Exposing High Seas Crime With Journalism — and Help From Music

    Exposing High Seas Crime With Journalism — and Help From Music

    By Ian Urbina About 100 miles off the coast of Thailand, three dozen Cambodian boys and men worked barefoot all day and into the night on the deck of a purse seiner fishing ship. Fifteen-foot swells climbed the sides of the vessel, clipping the crew below the knees. Ocean spray and fish innards made the […]