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Nine Books to Help You Create a Plastic-Free Lifestyle

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Plastic — it’s everywhere. Not just in our homes, schools and offices, but it fills our waterways, lakes and oceans. If you are concerned about all this plastic and the waste it creates, there are many ways to help you steer clear of using, buying and accumulating plastic. Author Stacey Smith and her crew review nine of what they consider …

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Crisis on the Colorado River: A Multipart Series

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Yale E360 unrolls a multipart series about the problems the Colorado River has experienced as the water dwindles while demand soars. Author Jim Robbins and photographer Ted Wood show how climate change, growing user demand and a 19-year drought have caused crisis in the Colorado River basin and outline steps officials have taken to ensure water for their populations. So …

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Waterkeeper Groups Sue EPA for Missing Drinking-Water Deadlines

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Waterkeeper Alliance and two of its 300-plus members, Maryland-based Waterkeepers Chesapeake and California Coastkeeper Alliance, are suing the EPA. They aim to force compliance with Safe Drinking Water Act deadlines written by Congress in 1996 that require reviewing and revising the standards for chromium, solvents, the Legionella bacteria and other pathogens in drinking water. [Reuters]

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Is the Public Willing to Pay to Help Fix Climate Change?

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The Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago surveyed 1,202 American adults in November 2018 about climate change, a carbon tax and fuel efficiency standards. The survey found that the majority of Americans think climate change is a reality and human activities are the primary cause. Forty-four percent of those who accept that it’s happening, want the government to …

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UC Berkeley Center to Study the Effects of Commercially Grown Cannabis

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Like many agricultural products, the commercial cultivation of cannabis has  an impact on water use and wildlife in its practices. A new academic research center launched in January 2019 at UC Berkeley aims to “look at how cannabis production affects the environment and society, and how these effects will evolve under new regulations following the spread of legalization.” The center’s …

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How green are avocados? (Yes, that’s a trick question)

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Avocados have health benefits and there’s no question that they taste good, but are they sustainable? Probably not. Avocado production is very water-intensive – 60 gallons (227 liters) of water per avocado – and the trees take 10 years to bear fruit. A lot of US avocado supplies come from Mexico where 20,000 hectares of forest per year are converted to …

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Beautiful Maps of the World’s Watersheds

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The world’s watersheds are made up of rivers of all sizes, from small intermittent springs to major rivers like the Mighty Mississippi. When seen together they look like a circulatory system, and indeed they do bring life to our world. UK geographer Szűcs Róbert created a series of maps that divide the planet’s watersheds into colorful catchment areas. Taken together, the maps …