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Here are the best-run cities in America: report – The Hill

Story at a glance WalletHub compared the operating efficiency of 150 of the largest cities in the nation along 38 “quality of services” metrics to determine which US cities were managed the best. The study found Austin, Texas, ranked 85th, has the highest high school graduation rate, while Provo, Utah, ranked 15th overall, has the …

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Canada to ban single-use plastics to combat climate change, pollution

Placeholder while article actions load Canada will ban the manufacture and importation of “harmful” single-use plastics by the end of the year, the government said, in a sweeping effort to fight pollution and climate change. Most plastic bags, cutlery and straws would come under the grocery ban, with a few exceptions for medical needs, Canada’s …

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New hope as some polar bears have moved from sea ice to glacier ice

Polar bears have adapted to live on glacier ice, not sea ice. (Getty) A group of polar bears in southeastern Greenland have adapted to melting sea ice by hunting from fresh water ice that pours into the ocean from glaciers. The population – which is genetically distinct and adapted to its environment – ​​could offer …

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Wind turbines bound for landfill because of hefty recycling expenses

Researchers from the University of South Australia are urging renewable energy companies in the state to come up with an end-of-life plan for their ageing wind turbines. Key points: Studies suggest wind turbine waste could end up in landfill by the end of the decade Wind turbines have a life span of 10 to 20 …

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Water main break floods Briarforest neighborhood for hours

HOUSTON – In contrast to what looked like a monsoon flooding on two streets in the Briarforest neighborhood Monday, people complained inside their homes were like a drought. “It looked like Niagara Falls,” said Susan Lake, whose yard and driveway were overflowing. The wet wonder wasn’t courtesy of Mother Nature. Instead, the city of Houston’s …

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Climate impact of food miles three times greater than previously believed, study finds | Environment

Transporting food from where it is produced to our dinner plates creates at least triple the amount of greenhouse gas emissions as previously estimated, a new study suggests. So called “food miles” are likely responsible for about 6% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, the authors of the study found after calculating that 3bn tons …

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Recycling returns in Fort Wayne

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — After the majority of Fort Wayne residents hadn’t had their recycling picked up since May, recycling collections resumed on Monday. City officials announced on Friday that recycling would return Monday with “B week” collections taking place. Fort Wayne recycling collection to resume Monday Monday’s B week collections primarily occur in …

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Five highly protected marine areas to be set up in English waters | Conservation

Five highly protected marine areas (HPMAs) will this week be created by the government to ban all fishing and rewild the sea, the Guardian has learned. The new generation of marine nature reserves, which are governed by tougher regulations to allow decimated sea life to recover, are being set up close to the coast of …

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Dams, taps running dry in northern Mexico amid historic water shortages

MONTERREY, Mexico, June 20 (Reuters) – Her elderly neighbor is hard of hearing so Maria Luisa Robles, a convenience store worker in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey, shouted the question a second time: Have you run out of water? She had – and it wasn’t just her. The taps across this working-class neighborhood of …

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Feds: President of environmental services business faked docs; illegally stored hazardous waste

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A federal judge ruling a Fort Wayne woman Thursday to two years probation for falsifying documents and illegally storing hazardous waste at her local company. Michelle M. Rouseff-Kemp had previously pleaded guilty to one count of falsifying documents and one count of illegally storing hazardous waste last year, according to …

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