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JUST ADD SUNLIGHT  Oil swirls at the water’s surface after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Sunlight transformed the oil molecules on the surface into new molecules that are still sticking around.

truck driving on road

ON THIN ICE   Wastewater from oil and gas production is one of the many liquids that towns and cities douse roadways with to keep them ice-free. But contaminants in the water can be released into the environment, a new study finds.

plastic stacked up in landfill

POLLUTION PROBLEM  While some plastic is recycled, most ends up accumulating in landfills. Plastics that are easier to recycle could help change that.

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