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Elizabeth Royte
OnEarth contributing editor Elizabeth Royte also writes for the New York Times Book Review, which called her "no stranger to the pleasures and perils of chasing errant pieces of plastic and other castoffs to surprising (and often disgusting) places." She's the author of Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It and Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash.
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Stories by Elizabeth Royte
May 23, 2013
Mayor Bloomberg recently announced an ambitious composting pilot program for the Big Apple. Will New Yorkers be able to deal with rotting food waste on the sidewalk?
April 23, 2013
Hint: It’s probably the wrong things -- because by focusing on recycling, we risk missing the bigger picture.
March 4, 2013
Natural gas drilling has scarred Pennsylvania’s pastoral landscape, divided communities and neighbors, and raised serious questions about public health.
January 10, 2013
In a community that shuns technology and conflict, the intrusion of gas wells shatters tranquility and brings unexpected schisms.
January 4, 2013
Hollywood takes on fracking -- even if the filmmakers can’t be bothered to explain exactly what that is.
November 30, 2012
Livestock on farms near oil-and-gas drilling operations nationwide have been quietly falling sick and dying.
November 9, 2012
The Big Apple's beekeepers lost many hives in the superstorm, but even bigger concerns loom on the horizon.
November 8, 2012
How do you keep people fed after hurricanes, heat waves, and droughts? Diversify. Diversify. Diversify.
November 2, 2012
The low-lying New York City neighborhood can't rely on IKEA for all its recovery needs as it faces future superstorms and rising seas.
September 18, 2012
Our correspondent's visit to the world's largest wholesale food market got cut short by security guards. But she still uncovered a system that's stacked against local food and farmers.
August 21, 2012
In the new urban foodscape, New York farmers could revolutionize how millions of city dwellers eat.
July 30, 2012
I recently ordered a grilled cheese in an airport restaurant, but along with the sandwich came a napkin, wrapped and taped around a plastic fork and knife that I didn’t want or need. The sandwich was deliciously greasy, so I... read more >
July 23, 2012
Environmentalists in the United States have long pushed to keep compostable organics -- yard waste, food scraps, paper and the like -- out of landfills. Diverting this material conserves landfill space; it avoids the... read more >
June 13, 2012
After nearly eight years of litigation, Syngenta, the maker of atrazine, the most widely used weed killer in the world, has settled a lawsuit filed by water utilities in a half-dozen Midwestern states.The utilities’ beef?... read more >