Canada to ban single-use plastics by 2021

June 11, 2019 by  
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Canada is the latest country to follow the European Union’s ambitious ban of single-use plastics, which will go into effect by 2021. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the upcoming ban, which still has details to iron out, in an attempt to address the marine litter crisis. The announcement also comes months before the election this fall, during which political experts expect climate change to take center stage. Less than 10 percent of all plastics in Canada are recycled, with 300 million tons thrown out every year. This recycling rate is similar in the United States, the largest plastic consumer in the world, where about 9 percent of plastics are recycled. In every corner of the globe, plastic waste is reaching the ocean and wreaking havoc on marine species from sea turtles to fish and whales. Related: Have your plastic and eat it too – average American ingests 50,000 microplastic particles a year To put it into perspective for citizens, Prime Minister Trudeau explained, “As parents, we’re at a point when we take our kids to the beach and we have to search out a patch of sand that isn’t littered with straws, Styrofoam or bottles. That’s a problem, one that we have to do something about.” Legislators have yet to announce exactly which single-use plastics will be banned, but the list could include cutlery, straws, plates, stir sticks and bags. Throughout the European Union, plastic bags, cutlery, cotton balls, stir sticks and balloon sticks will be outlawed in 2021, with a reduction in plastic cups and other food-related plastics also going into effect. The ban legislation is also expected to detail regulations for companies that produce significant plastic waste . The policy will hold companies accountable and mandate they develop targets and responsible waste management plans. Prime Minister Trudeau’s environmental policy may help his chances for re-election this fall, as voters are increasingly concerned about the environment and climate change . Via The BBC Image via Fotoblend

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Buddha Is An Air Freshener

November 27, 2015 by  
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Smells are incredibly evocative – they can bring us back to childhood memories, remind us of people who have long since left this world, and help us relive cherished experiences. It’s no wonder so many are concerned about what their homes smell…

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Scientists Caution China Against Bulldozing Over 700 Mountains

June 5, 2014 by  
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China wants to bulldoze more than 700 mountains in order to make way for more buildings , but scientists are unsurprisingly concerned about the plan. Never before has mankind attempted mountaintop removal of this scale and experts are concerned that there will be unexpected consequences for the poorly-conceived plan. Read the rest of Scientists Caution China Against Bulldozing Over 700 Mountains Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bulldozing mountain , China air quality , china building , China bulldozing mountains , China construction , China destroying mountains , China environment , China environmental destruction , China flattening mountains , China mountains , China moving mountains , environmental destruction , environmental impact , nature journal , scientific study environment , scientists warn China

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New US Energy Chairman: "I Don’t Think We Have to Regulate Carbon"

January 3, 2011 by  
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Fred Upton (R-MI) is the incoming chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee in the US House of Representatives.

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Handmade Eco Jewellery Hits the Mainstream

June 18, 2010 by  
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Image by B. Alter: Ute Decker Ethical jewellery is hitting the mainstream now

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Going Bee-less – Trials of Self-Pollinating Almond Trees Begin in California

April 19, 2010 by  
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Photo by Tercerintento What happens as bee numbers decline and there aren’t enough to pollinate all the crops grown in California?

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How Transition Towns Embrace Collaborative Learning (Video)

April 9, 2010 by  
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Image credit: Act On CO2 While Alex Steffen may think Transition Towns have a dark side , and even I have been concerned about some transitioners tendency to assume that the collapse of capitalism is inevitable , one thing that this social movement does incredibly well is to help people organize. And by organize, I don’t mean in the traditional sense of unified but top-heavy movements7mdash;I mean ..

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Comics Help Smart Kids (& Adults) Build Toys From Found Objects (Slideshow)

April 1, 2010 by  
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How to make a pinwheel from a few simple household items. Image by ” Howtoons .” The makers of ” Howtoons ” aren’t the only people to be concerned about how much time today’s kids spend online and in front of the TV , and how little they spend running around, getting their hands dirty, and making their own fun.

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Google Launches "Translate for Animals" Android App, Endangered Animals Can Now Talk to Us

April 1, 2010 by  
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Image: Google.co.uk Making an Age-Old Dream a Reality Protected endangered species just got a lot easier thanks to the geniuses at Google. They just released a new app for Android-based smartphones (like the Nexus One, Motorola Droid, HTC G1 Phone, etc) that finally brings the rapidly-improving field of animal cognitive linguistics to the general public.

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The Nation Magazine Rips US eNGOs. Are They Right?

March 6, 2010 by  
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There’s a rift among some of the environmental groups almost as wide as the cracks in melting Arctic sea ice caused by climate change.

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