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New Jersey: Cleanup on Aisle Five

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection ordered five chemical companies to provide detailed accounts of the production and discharge of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and to pay the cleanup costs of any associated contamination. The five companies — 3M, Chemours, Dow DuPont, DuPont,...

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China Impacts Massachusetts Recycling

China is the world’s largest importer of recycled materials. In March 2018, the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection enforced a new standard for the quality of recycled materials that China will purchase, which reduces contamination from 3 percent to 0.5 percent. As a result, the...

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The Green New Deal

The Green New Deal. What is it? The Green New Deal is the name of House Resolution 109, which calls the federal government to take broad action against climate change. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14) and Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) introduced the resolution to the House of Representatives on...

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How Government Shutdown Impacts the EPA

How does the partial government shutdown impact the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)? The EPA inspects industrial sites for pollution violations and compliance with environmental law. The inspection of industrial sites, which include factories, plants, and refineries that deal with chemicals, oil, power, and water treatment, is...

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Christmas Trees: Real vs. Artificial

Which do you think is the more eco-friendly Christmas tree — real or artificial? It’s a curious question, and the answer might surprise you. Last month Karen Zraick of the New York Times published an article that examines this very question. Here are the takeaways: It is...

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The UN Special Report on Global Warming

The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a special report on global warming and its impact on the world. Here are five major takeaways: “Global warming is likely to reach 1.5°C [above pre-industrial levels] between 2030 and 2052 if it continues to increase...

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Dr. Sarah-Jeanne Royer & Plastic Gases

Happy August! Dr. Sarah-Jeanne Royer published a new study, which finds that “the most commonly used plastics produce two greenhouse gases, methane and ethylene, when exposed to ambient solar radiation.” In other words, as plastic waste decomposes, exposure to the sun causes the plastic to emit...

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A Whole New World, Without Plastic Straws

As many of you know, there is a growing movement to ban single-use plastic straws. We wrote about grassroots efforts to reduce straw use in a local Remyndr community in our May blog post, Puerto Rico | Plastic Straws. Today we have a huge update...

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Mama Nature: Bedrock Rising

Mama Nature is phenomenal. This month, scientists from The Ohio State University discovered that the earth’s bedrock in Antarctica is rising at one of the fastest rates ever recorded -- a whopping 41 millimeters (1.6 inches) per year!   Wait, the earth rises? Shh, we didn’t realize that...

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Jersey Shore, Omani Rocks

This month kicks off a new series for the Remyndr blog. Each month, we will report on two environmental news items -- one local, one international -- to keep readers informed and inspired in their efforts to protect the planet. This month, we look at a...

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