CT environment committees to focus on energy rates, trash, bears

In any given Connecticut legislative session, the Energy and Technology and Environment Committees wrestle with some of the most intractable, complex and downright hard-to-understand problems on, well, the planet. You know — climate change, energy, environmental justice — things like that. This year, add one more item to that listContinue Reading

Douglas Brinkley speaks onstage during the 2021 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award Gala on Dec. 9, 2021 in New York City. Credit: Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights

When the historian Douglas Brinkley wrote “The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America” (2009), The New York Times called it a “vast, inspiring and enormously entertaining book” for its depiction of a great conservationist president who saved 234 million acres of America’s wilderness.  Brinkley, a professor ofContinue Reading

Plastic recycling rates are low. Could better data collection help?

Listen to the article 7 min This audio is auto-generated. Please let us know if you have feedback. Stakeholders across the recycling world agree that major improvements are needed to increase the plastics recycling rate. Speakers at a recent webinar from The Recycling Partnership said one key part of that effortContinue Reading

Poorly defined tenure drives deforestation across spatiotemporal scales We found that 17.4% of Brazil’s originally forested 30-m pixels lost forest to agriculture between 1985 and 2018 (Fig. 1A). The vast majority of this deforestation occurred on private (78%) and undesignated/untitled lands (19%; Fig. 1C). The latter are publicly owned lands with poorlyContinue Reading

Waste360

About 81% of the most widely used consumer-facing packaging is made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), and/or polypropylene (PP), which collectively have a 21% recycling rate in the U.S. But recyclers have capacity to process up to 42% of these three resins with their existing infrastructure, according to theContinue Reading

Issues of the Environment: Improving recycling rates and quality of recycling materials in Washtenaw County

Overview In an ongoing effort to steadily improve the quality and quantity of recycling in Washtenaw County, the county is conducting two simultaneous recycling projects. One with WWRA (Western Washtenaw Recycling Authority) is tackling the problem of contamination in recycling bins through intensive education about what is and isn’t recyclable,Continue Reading

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Haider J Warraich, assistant professor of medicine123, Pankaj Kumar, internal medicine intern4, Khurram Nasir, chief of Division of Cardiovascular Prevention and Wellness56, Karen E Joynt Maddox, co-director of Center for Health Economics and Policy7, Rishi K Wadhera, section head of health policy and equity research38 1Department of Medicine, Cardiology Section,Continue Reading

Coca-Cola: 'Recycling rates aren’t dramatically shifting'

With an ambitious goal to use at least 50% recycled material in its packaging by 2030, The Coca-Cola Co. is confronting the limited availability of food-grade recycled plastics, which the Independent Commodity Intelligence Services’ Mechanical Recycling Supply Tracker estimated late last year at about only 10% of the global annualContinue Reading