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New Jersey bans single-use plastic and paper bags in law hailed as nation’s most stringent of its kind

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill Wednesday that prohibits the sale of single-use plastic carryout bags, paper bags, and polystyrene foam containers, as well as limits use of plastic straws.

Horseshoe crabs are bled by the thousands for medical tests every year. Some fear an escalation due to COVID-19.

More than 750,000 horseshoe crabs are used annually for biomedical bleeding, says a group that fears that will get much worse as countries ramp up for a coronavirus vaccine.

10 acres at Brandywine Battle site preserved in Chester County

Ten acres surrounding Osborne Hill in Westtown Township have been preserved, as part of ongoing efforts to save key grounds of the Battle for the Brandywine.

Religious people believe climate change is a real threat, not a controversy, Yale poll finds

Overall, nearly three-quarters of 1,884 registered voters said they believe climate change is happening, and a majority said it is a very serious or somewhat serious problem.

Visits to Pennsylvania’s parks increased by 7 million. Here are the top spots.

The coronavirus-escape surge into state and local parks continued into fall, bucking the trend of the usual big post-Labor Day decline, an analysis of data from Pennsylvania show.

The fastest growing consumer plastic isn’t being recycled. Two Philadelphia area companies hope to change that.

Though few consumers have heard of it, flexible plastic packaging is the fastest growing type of plastic in use in the U.S. And, as of now, it's not being recycled.

Fall foliage is hitting its peak in the Poconos

In the more southern regions of the Poconos closer to Philadelphia, this weekend and into next week should reach the peak of what observers say has been a spectacular year so far.

In an effort to increase solar use in homes, Philly cuts red-tape and cost for installers

Philadelphia officials say they have made it easier on home solar installers with a permitting process that should shave weeks, if not months, off a project and be much cheaper.

Up to 1,500 birds flew into some of Philly’s tallest skyscrapers one day last week. The slaughter shook bird-watchers.

Overnight and into early morning Friday, up to 1,500 birds flew into buildings in Philadelphia and no one really knows why.

Pa. college plans to power two farms from cafeteria waste, cow manure, and brewery scraps

Dickinson College plans to harness enough energy from its 1,000 pounds a day of food waste to power its two farms — and sell excess back to the local utility.