Next to empty shelves where toilet paper used to be is a stretch of aisle stacked with trash bags, disposable cups, and cutlery at a Whole Foods in Seattle. On the front of most of these products—in bold print—is the word “compostable,” meaning the product is biodegradable under the right conditions.
Environmentally-conscious shoppers tend to be drawn to such labels. But they might not be aware of a critical drawback: As biodegradable materials break down in a landfill, which is where they usually end up, they can release methane, a potent greenhouse gas with climate warming effects upwards of 30 times that of carbon dioxide.
By Francisco Alvarado
Miami City Commissioner Keon Hardemon has steered no-bid grants totaling $385,000 to nonprofit organizations headed by two family members who work on his political campaigns, and he doesn't see a problem with it.
By Ann Henson Feltgen
The Miramar City Commission has asked Gov. Ron DeSantis to order a temporary stop to rock mine blasting during the state of emergency called for the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Noreen Marcus
Ten years ago, Deepwater Horizon became synonymous with one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history. The oil rig explosion on April 20, 2010 killed 11 workers and injured 17; about 4.9 million barrels of crude oil decimated Gulf of Mexico marine