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Americans agree on something: Get single-use plastics out of our national parks

About 82% of U.S. voters support stopping the sale of single-use plastics at national parks, according to a poll released today by the non-profit Oceana. U.S. national parks average 33 million visitors and nearly 70 million pounds of waste each year, according to the National Parks Conservation Association, so a ban on single-use plastics would […]

01/13/22
                                                               

The next source of trouble for Great Lakes fish populations: tires

For 20 years, the mystery behind what was killing coho salmon in Seattle’s urban creeks seemed unsolvable. Then scientists discovered it was a chemical released by automobile tires. Now the tire chemical that was poisoning fish out West has been discovered in two Lake Ontario tributaries.

01/13/22

One of the World’s Dirtiest Oil Patches Is Pumping More Than Ever

Multinational producers have exited Canada’s oil sands region, but local companies have stepped in. So long as existing oil fields—no matter their carbon footprint—remain profitable, they are likely to remain in production long after big-name companies walk away.

01/13/22
                                                               

Sometimes, Life Stinks. So He Invented the Nasal Ranger.

For Chuck McGinley, an engineer who devised the go-to instrument for measuring odors, helping people understand what they smell is serious science.

01/13/22

Monster Jumps Into Booze Business With $330 Million Purchase of CANarchy

The beverage company said the acquisition includes the Cigar City, Oskar Blues, Deep Ellum, Perrin Brewing, Squatters and Wasatch brands.

01/13/22
                                                               

Inside Clean Energy: Here Come the Battery Recyclers – Inside Climate News

The battery economy is booming, and with it a recycling industry is bracing itself for a wave of battery waste. Battery Resourcers of Worcester, Massachusetts, said last week that it is planning to build a plant in Georgia that will be capable of recycling 30,000 metric tons of lithium-ion batteries per year. It will be […]

01/13/22

From Barisal to Khulna

We continued to service our GNSS and RSET-MH equipment measuring land subsidence in coastal Bangladesh. Long distances, poor roads and slow ferries made for very long days, but we were able to complete the work at the sites.

01/13/22
                                                               

Fave Little State: Climate migrants from around America are seeking refuge in Vermont

Cheryl Lubin adored her Cape Cod vacation home. The cedar-shingled retreat featured a chef’s kitchen, wraparound deck, views of a salt marsh and easy access to famed beaches.

01/13/22
                                                               

An Amazon defender stands up for her land and her people

Amazon Indigenous leader Juma Xipaia has fought against massive dam projects and the incursion of illegal loggers and miners onto her community’s lands. She explains why what’s at stake is the survival of her people and their millennia-old way of life.

01/13/22
                                                               

U.S. to see wave of coal power retirements, while oil output ramps up

Coal plants will account for 85 percent of power capacity being retired in the U.S. this year, consistent with a long-term downward trend in coal burning, while U.S. oil output is expected to increase in 2022 and hit a new high in 2023.

01/13/22