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Senate Restores Obama Era Methane Regulations Using Congressional Review Act

By Amy Lupica Photo: Jim Evans, Wikimedia CC

Using a rare procedure that allows Congress to reverse rules made late in a President’s term, the Senate has approved a bill restoring methane rules that were previously rolled back by President Trump. The old rules targeted methane leaks from new wells and pipelines and reduced a huge percentage of methane emissions.


New York City Is Reviving Curbside Composting. Critics Say It’s A Step Back

By Danny Lewis Photo: Stephen Groves , AP

To celebrate Earth Day this week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new lawsuit against several major oil and gas companies, while his new Department of Education Chancellor, Meisha Ross Porter, showed off the first of 75 brand-new electric school buses to take to the streets.


Meet the Jewish Activist Digging Through the Trash for Climate Justice

By Orge Castellano Photo: Patricia Lopez Ramos

A few years ago, Anna Sacks was an utterly different person. Her existence revolved around the monotonous slender buildings, high-rise cubicles, and exceedingly demanding domains of Manhattan’s corporate world. Soon, the young New Yorker’s workday routines became onerous and quite prosaic, to the point of tedium. She needed a radical switch away from the antagonistic competitive culture that prevented her from fulfilling her personal aspirations.


The Lasso Robot Wants to Make Recycling at Home Easier

By John Biggs Photo: Lasso

Recycling is important but it’s also a pain. Separating glass from plastic from paper isn’t a terrible task but what wouldn’t it be nicer if a robot did it instead? That’s why one inventor built the Lasso, a robot that claims to accept, indentify, and prepare recycling for proper reuse.


7 Ways to Dispose of an Old Christmas Tree

By Katherine Martinko Photo: Public Domain

If you purchased a real Christmas tree this holiday season, then you’ll have to figure out what to do with it eventually. Your town may have curbside pickup, but if not, you’ll have to get creative with how to make that tree disappear. Assuming your tree is free from sprays, paint, and tinsel, here are some suggestions.


Is a world without trash possible?

By Robert kunzig

The vision of a “circular economy”—where we use resources sparingly and recycle endlessly—is inspiring businesses and environmentalists alike.


Why we dedicated our cover story to ‘the end of trash’

By Susan Goldberg

We feel bad when we throw out things that shouldn’t have become trash (like uneaten, past-its-prime produce) or expend resources needlessly (like leaving lights on when we’re away). This guilty feeling is deeply ingrained; the origins of the expression “waste not, want not” can be traced to the 1500s.


Can the Super Bowl go zero waste?

By Sarah Gibbens

This Sunday, Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium will try to eliminate its need for a landfill.


E.P.A. Is Letting Cities Dump More Raw Sewage Into Rivers for Years to Come

By Christopher Flavelle Photo by Ting Shen

The Environmental Protection Agency has made it easier for cities to keep dumping raw sewage into rivers by letting them delay or otherwise change federally imposed fixes to their sewer systems, according to interviews with local officials, water utilities and their lobbyists.