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Oceans Deeply—Imagine the weight of 80 million blue whales, the largest animal to ever roam the planet. That’s how much plastic has been produced over the past seven decades, growing from 2 million metric tons in 1950 at the dawn of the era of petroleum-based plastic, to more than 400 million metric tons annually in 2015.Read More
Men's Journal—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers have released a proposal to rollback the "Waters of the U.S." rule, or WOTUS. Finalized by the Obama administration in 2015, the rule tackled a longstanding ambiguity in the original Clean Water Act — where state, local, or private oversight of a wetland or small waterway ends, and federal jurisdiction begins.Read More
Men's Journal — Gregg Treinish, the 35-year-old founder of Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation (ASC), is shocked at how far micro-plastic pollution has spread into the environment. His group has found tiny plastic beads and fibers in samples from the most remote tropical seas and glacial meltwaters.
Men's Journal – On March 29 Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke signed an order to end the Obama administration’s 2016 moratorium on new leases to mine coal on federal lands. The order also killed an ongoing analysis of the program’s impacts on the environment, particularly how the carbon dioxide created by burning that coal would hinder U.S. efforts to blunt the worst impacts of climate change.Read More
Men's Journal – It looks like the conspiracy charges against Oliver Schmidt, Volkswagen's top emissions compliance executive in the U.S., aren't the end of potential emissions cheats by diesel-engine carmakers. A few days after Schmidt's arrest by the FBI last week, regulators announced that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles had not disclosed software that hid regulation-breaking excesses of oxide of nitrogen emissions.Read More
TakePart – Candidate Donald Trump promised supporters that he would "cancel" the Paris Agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and stave off catastrophic climate change. President Donald Trump will be able to make good on that vow, although only in terms of United States participation in the accord.Read More
TakePart – Warming ocean waters have been destabilizing some of the massive ice shelves around Antarctica for years. Now scientists have figured out that some of this ice is melting far more quickly than previously thought, according to a study published Tuesday. That has implications for how much sea levels will rise over the next several decades and centuries.Read More
PopSci — Dutch engineer Boyan Slat has a plan to cull millions of tons of animal-killing plastic debris out of the world's oceans, called “The Ocean Cleanup.” But marine scientists have serious concerns about the project.
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