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May 10, 2017 Environment
Not all the hotspots were near cities. Channel Islands National Park, off the coast of Southern California, didn't fare so well. (Photo: Doc Searles / Flickr)

Plastic Pollution at Four Coastal California Hotspots Violates Clean Water Act

By: Center for Biological Diversity

San Francisco Bay and at least three other California coastlines suffer severe plastic pollution that violates the federal Clean Water Act, according to an appeal the Center for Biological Diversity...

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May 5, 2017 Environment

Join California Kids in Helping Our Oceans on Kids Ocean Day

By: Lisa Kaas Boyle

This year’s Kids Ocean Day has a theme that defies the acrimony of grown up politics in America today: Come Together.  That’s right, right now, over the ocean. Our oceans...

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May 3, 2017 Environment
NASA's Cassini spacecraft swoops through plumes of gas erupting from the surface of Enceladus, one of Saturn's moons. (Photo: NASA/JPL)

10 Important Discoveries in April 2017

By: Brian Klonoski

A big part of our mission here at Planet Experts is to connect our readers to scientists and their data in a way that's useful and interesting. But keeping up...

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April 22, 2017 Environment
These murals dot the few remaining homes in Hinkely. (Photo: Michael Cervin / Planet Experts)

The Resurrection of the Hinkley Valley: Of Crops, Chrom-6 and Erin Brockovich

By: Michael Cervin

Perhaps Julia Roberts could be forgiven when she won the Academy Award for her performance in the Oscar-wining movie Erin Brockovich and forgot to thank the real Erin Brockovich. But...

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April 14, 2017 Climate & Energy
The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Claire Anderson / Unsplash)

The Climate Change Lawsuit That Could Save the Planet

By: Jedamiah Wolf

“The one thing about climate change and the fundamental rights being asserted by my 21 youth plaintiffs is that they’re really threatened by the irreversibility of their rights and the...

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April 11, 2017 Environment
This year's spectacular superbloom of wildflowers at Carrizo Plain National Monument in California's Central Valley. (Photo: Bob Wick / BLM)

A Super Bloom's Beauty Crushed Under the Heels of Selfie Seekers

By: Brian Klonoski

Here in California, seeds trapped for decades under the hard-baked crust of hot, dry deserts are sprouting en masse following a winter of soaking rains and cool temperatures. A fabled...

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April 6, 2017 Environment
The 1.35 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah protects one of most significant cultural landscapes in the United States, with thousands of archaeological sites and important areas of spiritual significance. (Photo: Bob Wick / BLM)

Protecting Bears Ears: The Untold Story

By: Jedamiah Wolf

Efforts to conserve Utah's Bears Ears National Monument received substantial press coverage after Patagonia and other outdoor apparel companies forced the Outdoor Retailer Show to search for a new home...

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March 30, 2017 Environment
Photo: Kevin Dooley / Flickr

Our Plastic World: Policy and Legislation

By: Nick Marinoff

This is the third piece in a three-part series about recycling and the efforts of the Plasticity Forum. By now, you likely know a thing or two about Plasticity Forum. As...

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March 28, 2017 Environment
Microplastics. (Photo: 5 Gyres Institute)

Solving Plastic Pollution, One Piece at a Time

By: 5 Gyres Institute

By Haley Jain Haggerstone Maybe you’ve heard about the giant floating island of plastic in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Or the news that scientists recently determined that, by...

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March 27, 2017 Environment
Heavy Haze from burning peatland and forest hovers over Indonesia and Southeast Asia. (Photo: NASA Earth Observatory)

Innovators Tackle Indonesia's Peat Problem

By: Nithin Coca

Protecting Indonesia's peatlands – which form some of the densest carbon stocks in the world – is crucial to meeting global climate goals. After years of neglect, some of the...

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March 24, 2017 Environment
A plastic cup, designed to be recycled and eventually reused, has instead been tossed to the ground, where it becomes pollution. (Photo: Simone Smith / Flickr)

Our Plastic World: Designed for Reuse, But Often Tossed Aside

By: Nick Marinoff

This is the second piece in a three-part series about recycling and the efforts of the Plasticity Forum. Last week, we introduced you to the Plasticity Forum, an organization that...

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March 16, 2017 Environment
Photo: Jeff Pantukhoff / Spectral Q

South Central Farm Restoration Committee Rallies to #BuyBackTheFarm

By: Linda Piera-Avila

In 2006, the South Central Farm (SCF) was a flourishing oasis in the heart of Los Angeles until bulldozers razed the land, displacing hundreds of farmers and leaving a scar...

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