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It’s a pandemic — let’s deregulate!

By Mark A. Bonta / April 8, 2020 / Comments Off on It’s a pandemic — let’s deregulate!

A common response to COVID-19 by governments worldwide is deregulation. Advocates assert that rolling back health, safety and environmental rules is an economic necessity amid a virus-driven economic crisis, but critics say it’s nothing more than raw opportunism that brings profound long-term risks. Scotland: Save the … salmon farms? The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency has […]

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This giant Arizona mining dump will be able to legally pollute under new federal rules

By Mark A. Bonta / February 19, 2020 / Comments Off on This giant Arizona mining dump will be able to legally pollute under new federal rules

The world’s largest public copper company, with a record of fines for environmental pollution, has just acquired almost 17,000 acres of Arizona desert to use as a dump for toxic mine tailings.  The land is important to 11 Native American tribes, and the Arizona agency that sold the land has never assessed it for endangered […]

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Here’s what happened when this North Carolina mom mapped local cancer cases using GIS software

By Mark A. Bonta / January 10, 2020 / Comments Off on Here’s what happened when this North Carolina mom mapped local cancer cases using GIS software

After a Mooresville, North Carolina, teenager was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, her mom realized that the child’s case was not unique to her home town.  So Susan Wind began collecting data, and, using her knowledge of geographic-information software, she plotted out thyroid cancer cases on a map.  What she discovered — an apparent cluster of thyroid […]

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

By Mark A. Bonta / October 31, 2019 / Comments Off on Coca Cola wants to recycle all its plastic waste — sort of

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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Sargasso seizure on Caribbean beaches

By Mark A. Bonta / September 11, 2018 / Comments Off on Sargasso seizure on Caribbean beaches

Massive sargassum algae blooms in recent years have become too much of a good thing. The seaweed, while an important haven for oceanic life, such as sea turtles, has been so prolific that it has overwhelmed beaches all around the Caribbean. In Mexico alone, almost 125 miles of beaches along the Mayan Riviera have been […]

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‘Informal’ risks of recycling

By Mark A. Bonta / September 4, 2018 / Comments Off on ‘Informal’ risks of recycling

Across Latin America, an estimated 4 million people, 90 percent of them “informal” (unlicensed), make a very dangerous living picking over garbage dumps and city streets to find materials they can recycle for cash. They are exposed to every health and safety risk imaginable — and in Ecuador, where more than half of recyclers are […]

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