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Ikea to buy back used furniture to reduce waste 13.10.2020 Raw Story
Ikea, the world’s largest furniture chain, said Tuesday it would begin buying back used furniture from customers to resell — and pay up to 50 percent of the original price. The “Buy Back Friday” scheme, timed to coincide with the “Black Friday” pre-Christmas retail frenzy, will run from November 24 and until December 3 in […]
Editorial: Don't let Exide walk away from its toxic mess 9.10.2020 LA Times: Opinion

It's simply unacceptable to let a serial polluter walk away, leaving the community to suffer.

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Editorial: Don't despair. California's fight against plastic trash is far from over 8.10.2020 LA Times: Opinion

The failure of a landmark plastic pollution bill in the Legislature in August was a setback, but not the end of the effort to reduce plastic trash.

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Building a guilt-free plastic water bottle: It's not easy 6.10.2020 LA Times: Business

Culver City-based Cove aims for a December pilot launch of what it calls the first plastic water bottle made entirely from biodegradable materials.

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NJ Gov. Murphy signs environmental justice law designed to protect minority communities 19.9.2020 Raw Story
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday signed environmental justice legislation that allows the state to deny permits for projects that would have an environmental impact on already “overburdened” communities, defined as those predominated by minority or low-income people.The law, which supporters say is one of the toughest in the nation, would apply to proposals […]
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NPR Special Investigation: How Big Oil Misled the Public Into Believing Plastic Would Be Recycled 12.9.2020 Little Green Footballs
In any normal timeline, this would be fairly large news, as an NPR/PBS Frontline investigation reveals that the recycling of plastic is basically a scam . Laura Leebrick, a manager at Rogue Disposal & Recycling in southern Oregon, is standing on the end of its landfill watching an avalanche of plastic trash pour out of a semitrailer: containers, bags, packaging, strawberry containers, yogurt cups. None of this plastic will be turned into new plastic things. All of it is buried. "To me that felt like it was a betrayal of the public trust," she said. "I had been lying to people ... unwittingly." [...] Here's the basic problem: All used plastic can be turned into new things, but picking it up, sorting it out and melting it down is expensive. Plastic also degrades each time it is reused, meaning it can't be reused more than once or twice. On the other hand, new plastic is cheap. It's made from oil and gas, and it's almost always less expensive and of better quality to just start ...
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The Mystery House: How a suspicious multimillion dollar real estate deal is connected to California’s deadliest fire 26.8.2020 Raw Story
Shortly after a devastating wildfire destroyed the small town of Paradise in Northern California in November 2018, Pacific Gas & Electric hired an obscure waste disposal company to help it rebuild from the fire. PG&E owed the firm millions of dollars when it abruptly terminated its business relationship this year. The utility giant announced that […]
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Solar Panels Are Starting to Die. What Will We Do With the Megatons of Toxic Trash? 24.8.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in Grist and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. Solar panels are an increasingly important source of renewable power that will play an essential role in fighting climate change. They are also complex pieces of technology that become big, bulky sheets of electronic waste at the end of […]
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Editorial: California has the cure for the plastic plague. Let's use it 23.8.2020 LA Times: Opinion

The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the plastic trash problem. California lawmakers have the solution, and they can't put if off any longer.

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Editorial: Gavin Newsom's plan for California water is a good one. Stay the course 31.7.2020 LA Times: Opinion

November's election will to a large extent determine the nature of the federal government's role in the state's water supply.

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Denver’s war on plastics: Another casualty of COVID-19 29.7.2020 Denver Post: Local
As people continue to work and play at home, Denver residents create more trash and that's pushing the city's solid waste division to keep up.
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Global Electronic Waste Up 21 Percent in Five Years — Little of It Is Recycled 11.7.2020 Truthout.com
In 2019, the world generated e-waste equivalent in weight to 350 cruise ships. Only 14.7 percent was ...
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“Million-Mile” Batteries Are Coming. Are They a Revolution? 11.7.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in Grist and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. Electric vehicles (EVs) have a clear environmental advantage over their gas-guzzling counterparts, but when it comes to longevity, the two are in a dead heat. Two hundred thousand miles is considered a good, long run for a car built today, regardless […]
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How a PG&E Contractor With a Sketchy Past Made Millions After California’s Deadliest Fire 4.7.2020 Mother Jones
This story was published originally by ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica’s Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. It was a last-ditch effort to save a scofflaw business. For years, the owners of Bay Area Concrete […]
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Editorial: The plastics you don't see might kill you 3.7.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Plastic might be saving our lives from coronavirus now, only to endanger us in the future as it pervades our food and the very air we breathe.

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The COVID-19 pandemic is unleashing a tidal wave of plastic waste 13.6.2020 LA Times: Nation

Activists worry that all those coronavirus masks, medical kits, takeout containers and grocery bags are setting back a global fight to curb single-use plastic.

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What is Up With Uber Destroying Tens of Thousands of Perfectly Good E-Bikes? 31.5.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in Grist and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. Jump, the dockless bike- and scooter-sharing company, has had an eventful few years. In 2018, it rebranded from its original name, Social Bicycles, and then got bought by Uber, which was looking to diversify its transportation offerings. A little over […]
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Unsung heroes? How hoverflies play key pollination role 20.5.2020 Raw Story
That bee you see buzzing from flower to flower might actually be an undercover operator: a hoverfly. And a team of scientists wants you to stop taking them for granted. The decline of bee populations in mass die-offs, sometimes called colony collapse disorder, has made headlines in recent years. Experts blame mites, viruses and pesticides […]
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Plastic Recycling is Broken. So Why Does Big Plastic Want $1 Billion to Fix It? 13.5.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in Grist and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. As the coronavirus pandemic cripples the US economy, corporate giants are turning to Congress for help. Polluting industries have been among the first in line: Congress has already bailed out airlines, and coal companies have snagged over $30 million in […]
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Coronavirus prompts Gov. Gavin Newsom to suspend California's plastic bag ban 24.4.2020 LA Times: Environment

Newsom announced Thursday that he signed an executive order to suspend the 2016 plastic bag ban for 60 days after hearing concerns from the California Grocers Assn. about shoppers bringing reusable bags from home.

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