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A Florida man allegedly attacked two customers outside a McDonald's in St. Augustine.

McDonald’s is scrapping plastic straws in one of its biggest markets — and the US could be next

Paper straws, which are more environmentally friendly, will replace the plastic ones starting in September. The ban on plastic straws comes as a result of a series of successful trials in certain outlets — and they will soon start in the US, France, and Norway.
Plastic is out of control.

Sobering photos show what a week’s worth of plastic looks like for typical families around the world

Humans produce an estimated 300 million tons of plastic every year, but it is increasingly being recognized as one of the biggest threats to the environment. Reuters sent photographers around the world to document what a week's worth of plastic looks like for average families.
80 plastic bags were found in the stomach of a pilot whale off the coast of Thailand.

A whale died after swallowing 80 plastic bags in Thailand

A pilot whale died off the coast of Thailand after swallowing 80 plastic bags weighing nearly 18 lbs (8 kg). Thailand is one of the largest users of plastic bags in the world but the plastic bags found in the whale's stomach came from several countries.

The 14 most polluted cities in the world are all in one country

India is home to the most polluted cities in the world. Living with air pollution is a harsh reality for Indians in cities like Delhi and Jaipur, many of whom have resorted to wearing surgical masks and protesting in the street for cleaner air.

Earth just hit a terrifying milestone for the first time in more than 800,000 years — and it could be bad news for cities

For the first time ever, average monthly levels of CO2 exceeded 410 parts per million (ppm) in April. Cities tend to have even more CO2 than average, which can have negative health effects on people who live there.

5 sobering charts that show how many resources Americans use and waste

The average American uses a record amount of stuff — and generates a record amount of waste in the process.
Streets in Cleveland, Ohio are obscured by smoke from heavy industry, July 1973.

Vintage EPA photos reveal what Midwestern industrial cities looked like before the US regulated pollution

On Earth Day as the Trump Administration plans to kill the Clean Power Plan, old EPA photos show the Midwest before the agency's pollution regulations.

Alarming photos of the uninhabited island that’s home to 37 million pieces of trash

Henderson Island has never been inhabited by people — and yet, its white sand beaches are home to more than 37 million pieces of junk.

Vintage photos taken by the EPA reveal what America looked like before pollution was regulated

Here's what the US looked like before the EPA. President Trump's Environmental Protection Agency wants to kill the Clean Power Plan and other regulations.
Smog obscures a view of the George Washington Bridge in New York City, May 1973.

Vintage EPA photos reveal what New York City looked like before the US regulated pollution

Soon after the EPA's founding, the agency dispatched photographers to capture America's environmental issues. On Earth Day, let's take a look at what they saw.