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Joseph Winters


Massachusetts, United States

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Recent articles by Joseph:

Experts say COP27's ‘plastic waste pyramid’ is focusing on the wrong solution

Some call it a missed opportunity to push for plastic production cuts. → Read More

The myth of ‘home-compostable’ plastics

Sixty percent of plastics certified for home composting don’t break down, study finds. → Read More

The plastics industry says its bags are recyclable. California’s attorney general wants proof.

The California Attorney General announced an investigation into the claims of plastic bag manufacturers that their products can be recycled. → Read More

380 million tons of plastic are made every year. None of it is truly recyclable.

Not even water bottles and milk jugs meet standards for recyclability, a new report finds. → Read More

The selective accounting behind the plastic industry’s climate-friendly claims

Industry groups are pushing regulators to keep buying single-use plastics. → Read More

All that plastic in the ocean is a climate change problem, too

Microplastics may be messing with a vital carbon sequestration process. → Read More

Inside the industry push to label your yogurt cup ‘recyclable’

Just 2.7 percent of polypropylene packaging is ever recycled. → Read More

Report: Eliminating waste is a climate solution

Zero-waste practices could cut global waste emissions by 84 percent. → Read More

Ocean oil pollution is growing — and not from oil spills

Cars and highways among top contributors to ocean oil pollution, study finds. → Read More

Schools are harnessing solar power in record numbers

Solar arrays offer cost savings and educational opportunities. → Read More

Minneapolis is the latest US city to demand emissions-free shipping

The city, where Target is headquartered, is pressuring big brands to “abandon fossil-fueled ships.” → Read More

Against federal guidance, states plan to expand highways

A new report says money from the infrastructure package could be funneled to “highway boondoggles.” → Read More

Hawai’i shuts down its last coal plant

The move is a “major milestone” in the state’s clean energy transition. → Read More

The petrochemical industry is convincing states to deregulate plastic incineration

A new report finds that bills to loosen restrictions on so-called “chemical recycling” are on the rise. → Read More

Biden signs the Inflation Reduction Act into law

It’s the single biggest climate package in US history. → Read More

Judge scuttles fossil fuel leasing plan

A federal judge struck down plans to expand fossil fuel extraction in the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming, saying a federal agency failed to consider how the plans might threaten public health and the environment. → Read More

How climate change is muting nature’s symphony

From warbling loons to chirping toads, rising temperatures threaten some of the Earth’s most iconic sounds. → Read More

Maine met its climate goal

Maine is on track to reach its greenhouse gas reduction goals, according to a new report from the state’s Department of Environmental Protection. → Read More

European lawmakers declared natural gas 'green.' Now they may face lawsuits.

Environmental advocates said they "will not rest" until the decision is overturned in court. → Read More

Nature is in crisis. A UN report says short-sighted economics is to blame.

Panel of experts calls for different ways to value the natural world. → Read More