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Plastic trash accumulates in trees and shrubs along the Los Angeles River. Citizen of the Planet/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

If plastic comes from oil and gas, which come originally from plants, why isn’t it biodegradable?

Plastic is made from oil and natural gas, which started out as fossilized plant and animal material. But buried deep underground for millions of years, those materials changed in important ways.
More countries are discouraging fossil fuel use, but the industry is still pumping. Leonard Ortiz/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images

Who really owns the oil industry’s future stranded assets? If you own investment funds or expect a pension, it might be you

A study found $1.4 trillion in oil and gas industry assets would be at risk if governments follow through on their pledges to deal with climate change.
Sea lions, otters and birds were some of the many wildlife species that were hit hard by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska. Oil spills like these expose the wildlife to new contaminants and can be fatal. (AP Photo/Jack Smith, File)

Once the slick is gone: New tool helps scientists monitor chronic oil in Arctic wildlife

ToxChips study the changes in the DNA of animals exposed to contaminants, like those found in oil spills.
The threat of expensive payouts may already be having an effect. Tom Stoddart/Getty Images

How treaties protecting fossil fuel investors could jeopardize global efforts to save the climate – and cost countries billions

A new study adds up the potential legal and financial risk countries could face from hundreds of agreements, like those under the Energy Charter Treaty.
Some motorists are willing to pay more for the price of gas. Others are considering trading in gas-guzzling cars for more efficient vehicles. The price of gas at a Petro Canada gasoline station in Ajax, Ont., on March 7, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Doug Ives

Why gasoline prices have soared to record highs

Oil supply is very tight, and the current geopolitical crisis involving Russia, one of the world’s largest oil producers, has pushed prices over the edge.

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