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August 1, 2023

Indonesia Cracks Down on the Scourge of Imported Plastic Waste

When China banned plastic waste imports in 2018, exporters in wealthy countries targeted other developing nations. Faced with an unending stream of unrecyclable waste, Indonesia has tightened its regulations and has begun to make progress in stemming the plastics flow.


July 15, 2022

The Clean Air Act Is a Model for Protections We Need More Than Ever

The Clean Air Act, now undermined by the Supreme Court, exemplifies how the U.S. government once tackled “major questions”—and could again


April 11, 2023

Deep in the Heart of Texas, an Uphill Fight for Clean Air for All

Christian Menefee, the first Black person to serve as Harris County Attorney, has deep roots in Houston’s notoriously polluted Fifth Ward. Now, as he pushes oil and gas companies and other industries to clean up their operations, he finds the state of Texas standing in the way.


April 13, 2022

Amid Hopes and Fears, a Plastics Boom in Appalachia Is On Hold

The rise of fracking in Appalachia has fed visions of turning the Ohio River Valley into a petrochemical and plastics hub. But overproduction of plastic, opposition to natural gas pipelines, and public concern about rampant plastic waste are upending those plans.


November 30, 2022

How an Early Oil Industry Study Became Key in Climate Lawsuits

For decades, 1960s research for the American Petroleum Institute warning of the risks of burning fossil fuels had been forgotten. But two papers discovered by a crusading lawyer are now playing a key role in lawsuits aimed at holding oil companies accountable for climate change.


February 22, 2022

How a dramatic win in plastic waste case may curb ocean pollution

A major citizen suit against a giant plastics company resulted in a huge payout and a commitment to do better. The case has set off ripples of change across an industry that often pollutes with impunity.

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