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Environment

Poverty makes plastic pollution worse

November 8, 2019

Guatemala City, the impoverished Central American metropolis, has almost no system for managing solid waste. As a result, huge surges of plastic trash wash down the Motagua river to choke the massive Mesoamerican Reef and many Caribbean beaches. Plague of plastic Every year, 8 million metric tons of plastic enter the world’s oceans; 90 percent […]

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Coca Cola wants to recycle all its plastic waste — sort of

October 31, 2019

Coca Cola says it wants its ubiquitous plastic bottles to be recycled — and the company wants to help you do it. But it doesn’t seem to be making this easy. Despite its recently announced “Every Bottle Back” initiative and its programs to make bottles entirely out of recycled plastic, the company also seems dead-set […]

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And now for some good news about the Kirtland’s Warbler

October 30, 2019

The Endangered Species Act’s latest success story is a photogenic bird with a bright yellow chest, a gray-blue back and wings, and an intricate, pulsing lilt of a song. Three decades ago there were only about 200 singing male Kirtland’s warblers left in the world. And their picky breeding habits — they only build nests […]

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Soon it will be hot enough to move to Duluth

October 28, 2019

On the shores of Lake Superior, the northern Minnesota city of Duluth is too cold to ever fulfill its dream of growing to the size of Chicago. But that was before climate change. According to a Harvard study, Duluth is one of a handful of northern American cities — Buffalo, New York, is another — […]

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Industrial soy plantations are devouring this endangered South American habitat

October 17, 2019

The Gran Chaco — a landscape of dry tropical forest and savanna grasslands that straddles Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina — doesn’t have the glamorous image of the neighboring Amazon rainforest to the north. Yet it is home to a wealth of biodiversity, including 3,400 plant species, 500 bird species, 150 mammals, 120 reptiles and […]

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These forest dwellers are seeing their home and culture turned into charcoal

October 17, 2019

The roughly 1,000 members of the Mikea people are Madagascar’s last hunters and gatherers. Yet the island nation’s dependence on charcoal for cooking may destroy their home, the dry Mikea Forest, much of which is a national park. Their entire culture — including their food sources, medicines and religion — is dependent on their namesake […]

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