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Eskilstuna: how a Swedish town became the world capital of recycling

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Fri, 06/21/2019 - 2:32pm

‘People talk about Eskilstuna as the place where nothing new is invented,” says the shopping mall manager Anna Bergström. An hour’s train ride from Stockholm, the “Sheffield of Sweden” has had something of an image problem in recent years. Once a steel-producing powerhouse, the town has fallen on hard times, thanks to the rapid decline in the industry throughout the 1970s. It now has an unemployment rate that is almost double the national average of 8%.

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Asian countries take a stand against the rich world’s plastic waste

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Wed, 06/19/2019 - 9:43pm

When the MV Bavaria cargo ship chugged out of a Philippine port one morning last month carrying 69 containers of rotted Canadian garbage, it didn’t just end a messy diplomatic spat between the two countries.

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New York State Reaches Landmark Deal On Green New Deal-Style Climate Bill

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Wed, 06/19/2019 - 9:36pm

New York lawmakers reached a deal late Sunday night to pass one of the most ambitious climate bills in the nation, setting the Empire State on a course to shape what the Green New Deal could look like at a state level.

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Questions remain on chemical spill incident that killed man near Los Banos

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Wed, 06/19/2019 - 9:32pm

Questions remain about the circumstances surrounding a hazardous materials spill reported Thursday outside of Los Banos — an incident that left one man dead and injured at least one other person.

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Jay Inslee’s 2020 plan: Become president, save the planet

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Tue, 06/18/2019 - 6:32pm

The heap of ashes behind Jay Inslee used to be an acute-care center in Paradise, Calif.