Christopher Joyce

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Test Friday

Friday, October 01, 2021

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U.S. Recycling Industry Is Struggling To Figure Out A Future Without China

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

China is no longer taking the world's waste. The U.S. recycling industry is overwhelmed — it can't keep up with the plastic being churned out. This doesn't bode well for our plastic waste problem.


Plastics Or People? At Least 1 Of Them Has To Change To Clean Up Our Mess

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

As consumers rebel against plastic waste, there's a growing question: Do we invent something people can toss without harming the environment or do we change people by giving them a chance to reuse?


Plastic Has A Big Carbon Footprint — But That Isn't The Whole Story

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Plastic waste litters cities, oceans and even the air. Largely overlooked is how making plastic affects the environment. Plastic is a big contributor to global warming. So are its alternatives.


Replacing Plastic: Can Bacteria Help Us Break The Habit?

Monday, June 17, 2019

Entrepreneurs are eager to find substitutes for plastic that naturally degrade. One option is a "natural" plastic made by microbes and then eaten by them. But the process is still in the early days.


Microplastics Have Invaded The Deep Ocean — And The Food Chain

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Giant gyres of plastic in the ocean grab headlines, but it's the tiny bits of plastic that scare scientists. And they've made their way everywhere, a new study finds — including in our seafood.


The 'Great Dying' Nearly Erased Life On Earth. Scientists See Similarities To Today

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

It was the biggest extinction in Earth's history. A new Smithsonian exhibit notes that some of the same things that killed over 90% of ocean species 250 million years ago are happening now.


Remote Island Chain Has Few People — But Hundreds Of Millions Of Pieces Of Plastic

Thursday, May 16, 2019

The Cocos Keeling Islands make up barely 6 square miles in the Indian Ocean. It's a good place to measure debris because almost no one lives there. Scientists were flabbergasted by what they found.


Denisovans, A Mysterious Kind Of Ancient Humans, Are Traced To Tibet

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Until now, the only Denisovan remains came from a cave in Siberia. The new find is "much more complete," one expert says.


Microplastic Found Even In The Air In France's Pyrenees Mountains

Monday, April 15, 2019

Tiny fragments broken down from larger pieces of plastic have already been found in rivers, lakes, oceans and in agricultural soil. But very few studies of wind-borne microplastic have ever been done.


Ancient Bones And Teeth Found In A Philippine Cave May Rewrite Human History

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Islands in Southeast Asia were clearly important in the evolution of early humans, say scientists who have turned up 50,000-year-old remains of what they suspect is a previously unknown human species.


Dozens Of Nonnative Marine Species Have Invaded The Galapagos Islands

Thursday, March 28, 2019

The number of alien species, likely brought by ship traffic, stunned scientists. And they suspect that the foothold of such creatures may have been underestimated in other tropical habitats, too.


Where Will Your Plastic Trash Go Now That China Doesn't Want It?

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Last year, China drastically cut back its imports of plastic waste to recycle. Now the U.S. and other wealthy nations must figure out what to do with their discards.


Mysterious Type Of Killer Whale, Sought After For Years, Found In Southern Ocean

Thursday, March 07, 2019

The notion that there might be some new kind of killer whale emerged in 1955, when photos from New Zealand showed a bunch of unusual-looking whales stranded on a beach.


Your Questions About Plastic Waste, Answered

Friday, February 08, 2019

How can I find out if my plastic waste is really being recycled What makes some plastic recyclable and some not? Here are answers from the NPR correspondents working on "The Plastic Tide" series.


2018 Was Earth's Fourth-Hottest Year On Record, Scientists Say

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

The last five years are also the five hottest years on record for average global temperature, according to scientists from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


Teenage Diver Finds Tons Of Golf Balls Rotting Off California

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Alex Weber discovered more than 50,000 balls in the ocean near coastal California golf courses. When golf balls degrade, as these were doing, they release plastic particles and toxic chemicals.


Movement To Find Alternative To Plastic Packaging Grows In Philippines

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

A young island man came to Manila for college and found a morass of plastic waste. Now he's found ways for Manila's poorest people to dig out, and shown how multinational companies create the problem.


A Small Plastic Package Is A Big Culprit Of The Waste Filling Oceans

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

To really understand the plastic problem in countries like the Philippines, you have to understand how consumer goods there are packaged.


An Island Crusader Takes On The Big Brands Behind Plastic Waste

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Every year, 8 million tons of plastic wash into the oceans. The biggest sources are in Asia. In the Philippines, one man is going head-to-head with multinational corporations to stop the plastic tide.