Pennsylvania’s first proposed chemical recycling plant cancelled

Plans to build what would have been one of the largest chemical recycling plants in the country in Pennsylvania were canceled this week. A Texas-based company called Encina first announced plans to build a facility that would convert waste plastic into chemicals that...

How does a river breathe?

Read the full story from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Over recent years, a team of scientists led by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has been immersed in crucial research around the processes and interactions that contribute to greenhouse gas...

Climate change disrupts seasonal flow of rivers

Read the full story from the University of Leeds. Climate change is disrupting the seasonal flow of rivers in the far northern latitudes of America, Russia and Europe and is posing a threat to water security and ecosystems, according to new research.

Boston’s urban tree data now available through Analyze Boston

Read the full story from the City of Boston. Building upon the completion of the street tree inventory in 2021 and the ongoing efforts to inventory trees in parks, both datasets (street and park trees) are now accessible and downloadable through Analyze Boston, the...

United Nations group favors shift toward recycling

Read the full story in Waste Today. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has issued a report forecasting municipal solid waste (MSW) levels to rise globally by two thirds. As have previous UNEP efforts and messages, the report endorses waste reduction...

The lasting impact of the Deepwater Horizon spill on marine life

A recent expedition to the Gulf of Mexico has revealed ongoing environmental damage from the Deepwater Horizon disaster, showing little signs of recovery for the marine ecosystem. Xander Peters reports for Hakai Magazine.In short:Fourteen years after the Deepwater...

New rule prioritizes conservation on US public lands

A new rule introduced by the Biden administration aims to balance conservation with economic activities on America’s public lands, enhancing protections and sustainable use. Catrin Einhorn reports for The New York Times.In short:The rule impacts 245 million...

Silence of the natural world signals a biodiversity crisis

Studies reveal that natural soundscapes are diminishing due to loss of species and ecosystem degradation.Phoebe Weston reports for The Guardian.In short: Ecoacoustics research indicates a global reduction in the natural sounds of ecosystems due to declining species...

“The U.S. Just Changed How It Manages A Tenth Of Its Land”

“For decades, the federal government has prioritized oil and gas drilling, hardrock mining and livestock grazing on public lands across the country. That could soon change under a far-reaching Interior Department rule that puts conservation, recreation and...

New analysis warns of pesticide residues on some fruits and veggies

This story was originally published in The New Lede, a journalism project of the Environmental Working Group, and is republished here with permission.Several types of fruits and vegetables generally considered to be healthy can contain levels of pesticide residues...

“How will the Earth look when pollution decreases?”

HOUSTON — This week EHN is publishing letters from eighth grade students at YES Prep Northbrook Middle School in the Houston-area neighborhood of Spring Branch, Texas.English educators Cassandra Harper and Yvette Howard incorporated the environment into a series of...

Deforestation alerts in the Brazilian Amazon fall to a 5-year low

Forest clearing detected by Brazil’s deforestation alert system fell to the lowest level in nearly five years, according to data released last week by the country’s space agency, INPE. INPE’s satellite-based tracking system recorded deforestation of 162 square...

UN puts spotlight on attacks against Indigenous land defenders

When around 70,000 Indigenous Maasai were expelled from their lands in northern Tanzania in 2022, it didn’t happen in a vacuum. For years, the Tanzanian government has systematically attacked Maasai communities, imprisoning Maasai leaders and land defenders on...

Salmonella Infections Linked to Fresh Basil Sold in Wisconsin

Salmonella Infections Linked to Fresh Basil Sold in Wisconsin The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), along with the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP), local health departments, and federal partners, is working to investigate...

Circular solutions vital to curb enviro harm from cement and concrete

Concrete forms the backbone of modern economies and societies: Roads, runways, homes, hospitals, banks, skyscrapers, sewers — just about any infrastructure you can imagine — depend on it. And as the global population grows, with rural people rushing to mega-cities for...

Malawi police arrest elephant poachers in Kasungu National Park

BLANTYRE — Police and wildlife department officials in Malawi have arrested two men suspected of having killed an elephant in Kasungu National Park in the country’s west. In July 2022, 263 elephants were translocated to the park, which forms part of a transfrontier...

What I’m Reading (Apr. 18)

Reflections on measles making a comeback, plastic containers sparking revolutions, words capturing indescribable emotions, and the hardship in acquiring elite handbags.

Great Women in Science: Emmy Noether, Greatest Female Mathematician

Among the most creative and original mathematical thinkers – explanations of her work are virtually incomprehensible to us mortals, who communicate in words rather than symbols – Amalie “Emmy” Noether’s name is associated with countless theorems, mathematical...

French energy associations installing solar shades above cemetery

Read the full story in PV Magazine. French associations Brier’energie and RECIT are deploying photovoltaic shades above a cemetery as part of a collective self-consumption operation. The project will supply electricity from the summer of 2025 to the 4,000 inhabitants...

Teens benefit from ‘forest bathing’ — even in cities

Read the full story from the University of Waterloo. Youth mental health in urban environments is significantly better when more nature is incorporated into city design. A new study suggests that forest bathing, the simple method of being calm and quiet amongst the...

Webinar: Reducing PFAS in products: progress and challenges

This May 8 webinar is sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It will cover EPA’s PFAS Strategic Roadmap and a new online tool for EPA’s Recommendations of Specifications, Standards, and Ecolabels for Federal Purchasing that highlights how...

Panama delays promised relocation of sinking island community

Plans to relocate an Indigenous community from a tiny Caribbean island off Panama to the country’s mainland to escape rising seas have been delayed due to administrative issues, previous COVID-19-related complications, and poor budgeting. Residents say the government...

Every Picture Tells A Story – Birth Control Male Edition

While much ink and effort has been expended discussing the downstream impacts of the Dobbs decision, little has been known about its upstreaming impacts, contraception – amidst the legal hullabaloo, a JAMA Health Forum report sheds a bit of light.

Rewriting coexistence and sustainable futures

Read the full story from U.S. EPA. Last year, the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) hosted a workshop led by a team of experts from the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability, Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition,...

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