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Michael Riordan

Born and raised on the East End of Long Island, Michael quickly learned to escape to New York City. He studies literature and linguistics, considers himself a cinephile and coffee addict, and follows political campaigns religiously. When he's not refreshing SCOTUSblog, he's probably eating or editing (or attempting both at the same time). He is proudly left-handed.

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Where does our plastic go?

Where does our plastic go?

| July 22, 2014

We throw things out every day, but rarely consider where our garbage goes. Each American disposes about seven pounds of trash daily, nearly 70 percent of which heads straight to landfills, according to NPR. We have a trash crisis, and the most pressing problem may be plastic waste. As the New York Times’ editorial board […]

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California’s drought is only getting worse

California’s drought is only getting worse

| June 23, 2014

Since January, California had faced severe drought conditions throughout the state. And despite statewide efforts to conserve water, the situation is only getting worse, as a third of the state now deals with “exceptional” drought conditions. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in January, setting a goal for communities to cut water usage […]

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