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Lawsuit aims to kill stalled $2B methanol refinery project

Nov. 12, 2019 7:07 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday aims to keep one of the world's biggest methanol refineries from being built along the Columbia River in Washington state. Plans for the $2 billion refinery, shipping terminal and pipeline project in the small city of Kalama are already stalled after a state...

Pacific bird refuge struggles as ocean garbage patch grows

Nov. 7, 2019 3:26 PM EST

MIDWAY ATOLL, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (AP) — Flying into the uninhabited Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Midway Atoll appears out of the vast blue Pacific as a tiny oasis of coral-fringed land with pristine white sand beaches that are teeming with life. But on the ground, there's a different scene:...

Beverage companies aim to get bottles recycled, not trashed

Oct. 29, 2019 2:38 PM EDT

Every year, an estimated 100 billion plastic bottles are produced in the U.S., the bulk of which come from three of America's biggest beverage companies: Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Keurig Dr Pepper. The problem? Only one-third of those bottles get recycled; the rest end up in the trash. That bleak trend has persisted...

Consumer goods giant Unilever vows to slash use of plastic

Oct. 7, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Consumer products giant Unilever, whose brands include Dove soaps and Lipton teas, said Monday it aims to halve its use of non-recycled plastics by 2025. The move, which appears crafted to resonate with younger, more environmentally aware consumers, will require a "fundamental...

India hopes to end single-use plastics within 3 years

Oct. 2, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India announced an ambitious campaign on Wednesday aimed at eliminating single-use plastics within three years. Environment ministry official Chintan Mishra said efforts to "sensitize" the public against single-use plastics started Wednesday, the 150th anniversary of independence leader...