Burning the Amazon
The first time I really, truly began to understand the Amazon — river and rainforest — was through the words of David Grann, in his narrative nonfiction masterpiece, The Lost City of Z.
The Origins of the “Forever Chemical,” PFAS
There’s a class of chemicals that the Center for Disease Control concludes is present in the bloodstreams of almost every American. These chemicals are so environmentally pervasive that they’ve even recently been measured in remote areas of the Arctic.
California’s “Bring Your Own” Bill
California is one of the states leading the efforts to combat material resource loss to landfill, and environmental plastic pollution with plastic bag and straw bans, food waste to organics recycling, biogas infrastructure incentives, and more. But the focus hasn’t been on reuse until now.
“Hope Spots” & the Plan to Save Our Oceans
The earth’s oceans, taken in the entirety of their depth and breadth, comprise up to 99% of the living space on Earth, a stunning fact. As oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle puts it “our fate and the ocean’s are one.”
A Life Dedicated to Ocean Activism
Melissa Aguayo of the 5 Gyres Institute, an organization whose mission is to raise public awareness and increase corporate responsibility towards plastic pollution. 5 Gyres promotes the idea of a circular economy, which aims to keep waste to a minimum and materials within a recurring cycle of use...
Youth Worldwide are Skipping School to Strike for Climate Action
Fridays For Future: The youngest voices in the growing climate crisis movement are also some of the boldest.
The Origin & Future of Landfill
Mount Everest made headlines recently — the Nepalese government just hauled 24,000 pounds of trash off the mountain, pulling back the curtain on what had become the world’s highest garbage dump.
Plastic Bags: the Bans, & the Bans on Bans
Plastic bags were introduced in the U.S. by way of Sweden in 1979. By the end of the 1980s, they were everywhere, leaving the paper grocery bag in the dust. Today, two million of them are used per minute — and that’s a low estimate. Consider whether you’ve already used one today — the chances are pretty high.
Single Use Plastics On-Screen, and Off
In case you missed it, the last two episodes of HBO’s beloved Game of Thrones featured surprising contemporary villains: a Starbucks to-go coffee cup one week, a plastic water bottle the next. The memes followed, poking fun at the awkwardness of today’s ubiquitous single-use drink containers sitting alongside goblets made of bone.
Recycling & Composting in the U.S.
The movement to add commercial composting infrastructure to waste management