Mexican startup creates bioplastics from avocado waste

Mexican startup creates bioplastics from avocado waste

Our world is drowning in plastic yet we’re so dependent on it, that despite the urgency to avoid it, we don’t have very many alternatives. For food packaging especially, plastic is king and Americans are using a lot of plastic every day probably without realizing it. While biodegradable plastic does exist, it’s often far more expensive, […]

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Is Climate Change is Driving US Freedom of Navigation Operations in the Arctic?

Is Climate Change is Driving US Freedom of Navigation Operations in the Arctic?

By Madison Pravecek Despite Trump’s refusal to address climate change in his SOTU address, he spent quite a bit of time discussing how the United States should prioritize strength and security. However, rather than being diametrically opposed, national security and climate change are tightly bound. The Arctic is experiencing increased geopolitical attention due to the […]

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First House hearings on climate in nearly a decade dive right into the issues

First House hearings on climate in nearly a decade dive right into the issues

Yesterday both the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change as well as the Natural Resources Committee held hearings to address climate change, which was the first time in nearly a decade that members of the House discussed and acknowledged the issue.

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Michigan Governor Ushers In New Era of Environmental Protection

Michigan Governor Ushers In New Era of Environmental Protection

Newly elected Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Monday issued two executive orders and one executive directive to strengthen protections for the Great Lakes, clean up groundwater and drinking water, and fight climate change.  Governor Whitmer wasted no time “shaking up” her Cabinet in order to fulfill a campaign promise she made to shift the focus in the state back to environmental protection and developing clean energy.

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Don’t kiss your hedgehog (and maybe reconsider adopting one)

Don’t kiss your hedgehog (and maybe reconsider adopting one)

Hedgehogs have become popular pets thanks in large part to social media and videos of them taking baths and being otherwise adorable. Despite the fact that they’re nocturnal and not exactly playful, there may be another reason to reconsider a “hedgie” as a pet: they can spread salmonella to their owners. As the New York Times […]

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Oregon’s bottle recovery program a smashing success

Oregon’s bottle recovery program a smashing success

NPR reported that Oregon’s bottle deposit system is recycling more containers than ever before despite major disruptions in global recycling markets. Last year, Oregon recycled 90 percent of the beverage containers covered by its bottle deposit system. The rate has jumped from 64 percent just two years ago, and the total number of bottles recycled reached […]

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