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Plastic Bottles – “As dangerous as climate change”? 
The world is awash in plastic, yet more is added every day. The numbers are staggering: A million plastic bottles change hands every minute. In 2016 480,000,000,000 plastic drinking bottles alone were sold. The Guardian explores the issue, here: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/28/a-million-a-minute-worlds-plastic-bottle-binge-as-dangerous-as-climate-change

Solar Panel Waste a Serious Concern 
While in operation, solar panels are known for being light on environmental impact. Unfortunately, at the end of its life, a solar panel represents a tortuous mess of toxic substances. Furthermore, efforts to recycle the materials are met with a host of difficulties in finding a practical solution. The National Review delves into the conundrum: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/449026/solar-panel-waste-environmental-threat-clean-energy

The Environmental Dangers Lurking in Laundry 
With concentrations of plastics, perfluorinated chemicals, and other man-made substances in our fabrics, doing laundry has a big environmental footprint. As the BBC explains, researchers are only beginning to understand the toxic stew that comes out with the wash: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-40498292

North Fork Smith River Gets Protection 
The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission has designated the North Fork of the Smith River as Outstanding Resource Waters. The protection is likely to stymie efforts to locate mining projects in the watershed. The Statesman Journal elaborates: http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/2017/07/15/north-fork-smith-river-oregon-mining-red-flat-nickel/480775001/