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How recycling all the plastic on Earth could make you the richest person alive

This year, I served on the judging panel for The Royal Statistical Society’s International Statistic of the Year.

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A Truckload of Plastic Enters Our Oceans Every Single Minute - This Has to Stop

Our ocean is facing a plastic pollution crisis. The equivalent of a truckload of plastic enters our oceans every single minute, every day, all year long. Not only are plastics entangling and killing marine life, they are ending up on our plates through the seafood we eat and polluting our tap water.

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5 Ways Wasting Food Hurts the Environment (and 5 Ways You Can Fix It)

It’s the secret shame of many Americans: The half-forgotten perishables in your refrigerator and pantry that are now turning pretty colors or giving off the fragrance of a corpse.

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What Stuff Do We Throw Away That Takes Forever to Decay?

Reduce, reuse, recycle. Everyone has heard this call ad infinitum, but do we really take heed? Yes, sorting your trash is a good start, but that still only ticks one box. Maybe you’re a stellar glass and plastic recycler, never go to the shops without your canvas bag, yet still find yourself struggling to reduce your consumption. If that sounds familiar, unfortunately you’re still part of the problem. Or, if you’d prefer a different label, just your average citizen.

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Humans Have Created 9 Billion Tons of Plastic in the Last 67 Years

U.S. scientists have calculated yet another item on the human shopping list that makes up the modern world: plastics. They have estimated the mass of all the plastic bottles, bags, cups, toys, instruments and fabrics ever produced and tracked its whereabouts, as yet another index of the phenomenal change to the face of the planet made by recent human advance.

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38 Million Pieces of Plastic Waste Were Found on an Uninhabited South Pacific Island

One of the world’s most remote places, an uninhabited coral atoll, is also one of its most polluted.

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California's Recycling Rate Drops Following Closures of More Than 500 Recycling Centers

Beverage container recycling rates in California have fallen below 80 percent for the first time since 2008, according to new data released last week by CalRecycle, the state’s recycling agency. The reduced recycling rate means that two million additional containers are littered or landfilled every day, including more than one million plastic bottles. 

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How a Supermarket Sales Gimmick Has Become a Major Driver of Climate Change

“Sell by.” “Use by.” “Best by.” These terms and their many variations have probably caused you to toss perfectly good food just because the date on the label has passed. Nearly 85 percent of consumers have thrown out food based on these designations, contributing to a widespread food waste problem in the United States. A recent report from ReFED, a coalition of businesses, NGOs and other organizations fighting food waste, calculated that date labels alone cost American consumers almost $30 billion annually.

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Gov. Cuomo Trashes NYC's Plastic Bag Fee Law

New York City’s 2016 break-through law that established a five cent fee on single use plastic (and paper) grocery bags so as to encourage shoppers to switch to reusables has been toppled in Albany.

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In Huge Win for Oceans and Wildlife, California Phases Out Plastic Bags

Two weeks after Californians voted to enact a state law to ban plastic shopping bags--the first state in the nation to do so--stores across the state are proceeding with implementation.

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It’s Time to Stop Using Plastic Drinking Straws: They Harm Wildlife and Are Bad for the Environment (Video)

When it comes to environmental issues facing our planet, everybody likes to pass the buck. Conscientious consumers will blame big business for wasteful production practices. Corporations in turn contend they are merely meeting supply and demand. Neither group is completely wrong. The real problem, though, comes when both sides aren’t willing to change their behavior.

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