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    The Best and Worst Midterm Results for the Environment

    The Best and Worst Midterm Results for the Environment

    Results from the U.S. midterm election are mostly in, and, when it comes to what they mean for the environment, they’re a real mixed bag. On the plus side, the Democrats took the House of Representatives, which, as BBC News pointed out, means that President Donald Trump can’t pass any more major legislation without their […]

    ‘Single-Use’ Is Collins Dictionary’s Word of the Year

    ‘Single-Use’ Is Collins Dictionary’s Word of the Year

    2018 saw the fight against plastic pollution amp up in a big way. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II led the charge by banning plastic bottles and straws from royal estates in February, and everyone from airlines like Alaska to cities like Seattle have followed her into the fray. Much of the plastic backlash has focused specifically […]

    Big Banks Just Flunked Their Own Test on Climate, Indigenous Rights

    Big Banks Just Flunked Their Own Test on Climate, Indigenous Rights

    By Lindsey Allen On Oct. 16, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Crédit Agricole and 91 other global banks met in Washington, DC, to revise the Equator Principles, industry-led due diligence standards meant to prevent banks from supporting environmentally and socially harmful projects. On the very same day, in a bitter irony, many of those same banks […]

    E-Cigarettes and a New Threat: How to Dispose of Them

    E-Cigarettes and a New Threat: How to Dispose of Them

    By Yogi H. Hendlin The two largest global brands of capsule coffee, Nespresso and Keurig, are regarded by many as environmental nightmares. Billions of the throwaway nonrecyclable plastic products currently clutter waste dumps, waterways and city streets. Both inventor of the “K-cups” John Sylvan and former Nespresso CEO Jean-Paul Gaillard have publicly bemoaned the environmental […]

    New Green Strategy: Change the Electorate, Not the Election

    New Green Strategy: Change the Electorate, Not the Election

    By Tara Lohan How little do elected officials care about climate change? Look no further than a recent U.S. Senate hearing about the biggest threats facing the country, where lawmakers asked a single question about global warming during the entire three-hour event. Sadly, this hearing occurred just days after the world’s leading scientific body on […]

    Florida Gov. Scott Issues Emergency Order for Toxic Red Tide

    Florida Gov. Scott Issues Emergency Order for Toxic Red Tide

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order Monday declaring a state of emergency due to the ongoing impacts of red tide in seven southwestern counties. The algae outbreak started nine months ago and has become the state’s longest on record since 2006. The red tide has killed scores of marine life, including countless crabs, […]

    A Coder and a YouTuber Provide DIY Power for Puerto Rico

    A Coder and a YouTuber Provide DIY Power for Puerto Rico

    By Tom Cassauwers Before the hurricane came, I was a software engineer. I’d graduated with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and animation, but here in Puerto Rico there weren’t many jobs in that field, so I taught myself how to code. When I began, I didn’t even know how to make “hello world” appear. […]