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As the U.S. Rejoins the Paris Climate Agreement, Revisit FRONTLINE’s Recent Climate Reporting
These five projects illuminate the science, politics and impacts of climate change.
February 19, 2021
The Plastic Industry Is Growing During COVID. Recycling? Not So Much.
Unlike many sectors of the U.S. economy, plastic — an industry examined in the March 2020 documentary "Plastic Wars" — is increasing during COVID. But growth also means more waste in landfills.
February 17, 2021
Big Oil Evaded Regulation And Plastic Pellets Kept Spilling
The oil and plastic industry, which makes plastic pellets, says it has programs in place to prevent any spills. But NPR and FRONTLINE found top officials have known about the problem for decades, even as they successfully fended off regulation that might have kept them in check.
December 22, 2020
As the U.S. Leaves the Paris Accord, Revisit FRONTLINE’s Recent Climate Reporting
These five projects illuminate the science, politics and impact of climate change.
November 4, 2020
Michigan Reaches $600M Settlement in Flint Water Crisis Case
The largest benefactors of the settlement are the city’s most vulnerable — the children. Nearly 80 percent of the funds will be distributed to those who were children during the water crisis. 
August 20, 2020
“Deflect, Delay, Defer”: Decade of Pacific Gas & Electric Wildfire Safety Pushback Preceded Disasters
A FRONTLINE review of documents and hearings shows that Pacific Gas & Electric spent the better part of 10 years fiercely resisting calls for critical wildfire safety reforms.
August 18, 2020
Alaska's Controversial Pebble Mine Was Dead. Not Anymore.
The Pebble mine in Alaska's Bristol Bay got a new lease on life under the Trump administration. A decision on whether to permit the mine is expected later this year.
May 27, 2020
During the Coronavirus Crisis, the Trump Administration's Environmental Rollbacks Continue
Watch "War on the EPA" for the backstory on how the battle over environmental regulations and climate science has been waged.
April 10, 2020
EPA Rolls Back Regulations During Pandemic, Shifts Burden To States, Tribes
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said last week that because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is allowing regulated industries to use their own discretion to report violations of clean air and water laws.
New Mexico PBS
April 3, 2020
Companies’ New Pledges to Boost Recycling Face Old Pitfalls
Facing a public outcry over the plastic pollution crisis, some of the world’s biggest consumer brand companies have promised to dramatically boost recycling. Yet some of those same companies have made — and failed to deliver on — similar promises in the past.
March 31, 2020
When Does Recycling Your Plastic Make Sense? The Answer Isn’t So Simple
The vast majority of plastic — about 76 percent — ends up in landfills. Here's what to do about yours.
March 31, 2020
Plastics Industry Insiders Reveal the Truth About Recycling
They never believed it would actually solve the plastic waste problem. Today, it’s estimated that no more than 10 percent of plastic produced has ever been recycled.
March 31, 2020