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The global food system faces an uncertain future. Consumer preferences continue to shift in the face of health, environmental and animal welfare concerns, and a warming climate means we’ll soon have to do more with less.
Our demand for plastic has devastating consequences for oceans and marine wildlife, and scientists have been revealing the role microplastics play in this.
It’s 7am. You drag yourself out of bed, pull on your work clothes, brush your teeth and hop on the bus. You get off at your stop, and head to the nearest Starbucks for a cup of coffee to wake up your foggy brain. You sip the delicious, caffeinated concoction on your walk to work, and the cup’s empty by the time you arrive. You look for a place to toss it—but wait, do you throw it away or put it in a recycling bin?
The average household produces more than 1.1 tons of waste every year, and it’s during the festive period that we waste the most. We create 30 percent more waste than usual over Christmas—everything from cards and envelopes, wrapping paper, boxes from biscuits and chocolates, shopping bags, wine bottles and toy packaging. Americans spend around $3.2 billion every year on wrapping paper, mot of which will just end up in the trash. On average, each household will chuck out an extra five bags of waste over Christmas, adding up to 812,000 tons of refuse every year.
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is likely how your home gets cooled and water gets heated. But the unconventional oil and gas extraction method, currently booming across the U.S. and a cornerstone of President Trump’s energy agenda, is also behind an often-untold but growing problem: radioactive drilling waste.
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.
One of the world’s most remote places, an uninhabited coral atoll, is also one of its most polluted.
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.
Forest Service Ready to Approve Controversial Arizona Copper Mine, Threatening Environment and Endangered Species
The U.S. Forest Service is poised to sign one of the two federal permits needed for a giant, mile-wide open-pit copper mine in Arizona. The announcement for what would be the third-largest copper mine in the county, if approved, was quietly published Monday in the Federal Register.
“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.