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Mother Jones reporter Mariah Blake tells Amy Goodman there is new research suggesting that even BPA-free plastics contain chemicals that can act like estrogen in the body and cause disease.

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A New England town has become the first in the nation to prohibit plastic water bottles. "Like its also-banned-in-some-places cousin, the single-use plastic shopping bag, the throwaway water bottle has a mighty adverse impact on the environment," writes Matt Hickman at Mother Nature Network.

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The Los Angeles City Council voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to ban plastic bags. If approved, the measure, pending environmental review and a subsequent vote, would make L.A. the biggest American city to do away with this major source of pollution.

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