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Billions pour into bioplastics as markets begin ramping up

Aug. 09, 2022 08:04 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — In a world increasingly troubled by the persistent harm that plastic — manufactured in petrochemical plants — has had on the environment, companies are investing billions of dollars to ramp up production of plastics made from natural, renewable materials that can be safely...

A Black beekeeper in Phoenix and her Baehive Sisterhood

Jul. 30, 2022 17:20 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Every other Sunday, a group of women wearing black T-shirts that read “Baehive Sisterhood” pull on white bee suits behind the Orchard Learning Community Center in south Phoenix. The school teachers, doulas, homeschool moms and urban farmers never expected they...

Alternatives to store-bought fertilizer are all around you

Jun. 28, 2022 10:14 AM EDT

The cost of everything from gas to burgers may be rising, but home gardeners growing produce have found a way at least to avoid paying $4 for a pound of tomatoes. Fertilizing those tomatoes — or cucumbers or flowers, for that matter — is another story, as the cost of soil...

Bonnaroo, a leader in green fests, faces climate change risk

Jun. 28, 2022 09:48 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) — Since its debut on a rural Tennessee farm two decades ago, the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival strived to be one of the country’s greenest music festivals, investing in recycling, composting, solar energy and other improvements. But last August Tennessee...

Ravenous worm species disrupting Conn.'s forest ecosystem

Jun. 12, 2022 16:00 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A ravenous species of earthworm has arrived in Connecticut with the potential to cause all sorts of damage to forests and wildlife. The so-called “jumping worms” can destabilize the soil and make it harder for some plants to grow, state scientist Gale...

Charleston seeks new solution to unsold farmers market food

Jun. 12, 2022 00:04 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Vendors at Charleston’s city-run farmers markets used to be able to donate unsold food and produce to a nonprofit that distributed it to those in need. But after the markets returned from a COVID-19 hiatus, the organization has lost too much manpower both...

Interior phasing out plastic water bottles at national parks

Jun. 08, 2022 16:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Interior Department said Wednesday it will phase out sales of plastic water bottles and other single-use products at national parks and on other public lands over the next decade, targeting a major source of U.S. pollution. An order issued by Interior...

Pressure growing to remove PFAS from fast food wrappers

Jun. 01, 2022 11:18 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Brenda Hampton first came across the toxic industrial compound PFAS after finding it was part of the cocktail of contaminants that tainted the drinking water in her North Alabama community. Hampton, who believes the contaminated water contributed to kidney problems...

Gardening success means avoiding these common mistakes

May. 24, 2022 11:31 AM EDT

Much of gardening is learned by trial and error – for many, mostly error. Planting a shade-lover in full sun isn’t likely to breed success, nor is letting your emotions run rampant at the nursery. But we’ve all been there, and the good news is we can learn from others’...