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On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, The Intercept's environment reporter Sharon Lerner discusses her investigation exposing how the plastics industry is fighting to keep polluting the world.


 On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, Professor Kate O'Neill discusses her new book Waste, which details the complex global waste crisis and the business of producing, collecting, disposing of, and recycling it.

A Survey Of Straws: Which Ones Fail To Suck?

Oct 2, 2019
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Who would have thought straws could be so controversial? Alternatives to plastic straws are everywhere. Which ones suck, and which ones fail to suck? And don’t we have much larger environmental problems to solve?

India is home to some of the most polluted cities in the world, but also home to some of the first champions of recycling.   

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On this edition of Your Call, scientist and environmental activist Marcus Eriksen discusses his book Junk Raft, his voyages exploring the impact of plastic on our oceans, and his vision of a world free of plastic.

The Sonoma Compost Company is just off Highway 101, northwest of Petaluma. All day, trucks haul in plant materials; others haul out soil. Sift through that soil, and you might find remnants of chicken feathers (apparently great for vegetable growers), rice hulls (nice for clay soils), and more.