Week in Review: Environmental News for Oct. 13-19 | Earth Day Network

Here’s our week-in-review roundup of the top environmental stories of the week, with reports on climate impacts and action, threats to public health and species, progress in the fight to end plastic pollution, efforts to safeguard science, and more.

The Supreme Court has halted the landmark youth climate change lawsuit. (Frank Dale, Think Progress)


The plastics recycling industry in the UK is being investigated for fraud and corruption following claims that they are not recycling waste. (Sandra Laville, The Guardian)

Allegations that the agency is understood to be investigating include: Exporters are falsely claiming for tens of thousands of tonnes of plastic waste which might not exist; UK plastic waste is not being recycled and is being left to leak into rivers and oceans… More….


Houses left standing after the devastating Hurricane Michael in Florida were low-income homes built by Habitat for Humanity, which used low-cost measures to make them more secure. (Patricia Sullivan, Frances Stead Sellers, Emily Wax-Thibodeaux, The Washington Post)

“We have evidence that we can construct affordable housing that is resilient,” said Leslie Chapman-Henderson, president of the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting property from disasters…. More…


A new study indicates that the amount of plastic pollution in the remote South Atlantic has increased a hundredfold in the last 30 years. (Yale Environment 360)

“Three decades ago, these islands were near-pristine,” marine ecologist David Barnes of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), lead author of the new study, said in a statement. “Plastic waste… is now so common it reaches the seabed. We found it in plankton, throughout the food chain, and up to top predators such as seabirds….” More…


Several world heritage sites across the Mediterranean are at risk from sea level rise, as reported in a new study. (Daisy Dunne, Carbon Brief)

Two sites that are expected to face considerably higher risks if little is done to tackle climate change are Tipasa, Algeria, a former Roman military base which also plays host to palaeochristian and Byzantine ruins, and the Old Town of Corfu, off the coast of Greece, which has its roots in the eighth century BC…. More…


Is “Game of Thrones” really about climate change? The author of the series addresses the theory in an interview. (New York Times)

…there’s a certain parallel there. And the people in Westeros are fighting their individual battles over power and status and wealth. And those are so distracting them that they’re ignoring the threat of ‘winter is coming,’ which has the potential to destroy all of them and to destroy their world. And there is a great parallel there to, I think, what I see this planet doing here, where we’re fighting our own battles…. More…