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Recycling Is Rigged 
You are doubtlessly aware of the recent restrictions imposed on local recycling. What you may not realize is that the recycling system has been essentially broken for some time, and the image of recycling the public has been sold is largely a facade. Bloomberg explains: https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-06-27/plastic-recycling-is-a-problem-consumers-can-t-solve

The Global Cost of the Carbon Bubble 
Change always comes at a cost, even when it is change for the better. The world is heavily invested in and dependent on carbon fuels. As economies move to more sustainable energy sources, economic and social upheaval will attend. The BBC explores the ramifications of this “carbon bubble”: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-44357243

BASF Owns Half of All Patents on Marine Genes 
Corporations are claiming rights to the life in our seas. Leading the pack in this drive to make nature’s diversity corporate property is the German chemical giant, BASF. The Smithsonian explores this phenomenon and its ramifications: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/nearly-half-all-patents-marine-genes-belong-just-one-company-180969325/

No Easy Solution to the Palm Oil Problem 
Palm oil, widely used in food, cosmetics, and industry, has come under fire lately for the heavy environmental cost of its growing operations. The problem is that cultivating replacement crops stands to be as damaging or more. The BBC looks into where we go from here: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-44563180