California Assembly votes to ban all products with toxic plastic microbeads

May 22, 2015 by  
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California has just voted in favor of what could become the strictest ban in the U.S. on all products that contain plastic microbeads —the tiny gritty flecks found in a wide array of toothpastes and exfoliating body washes. Microbeads are typically smaller than five millimeters in diameter, but are a significant source of water pollution, with one jar of facial cleanser containing up to 300,000 tiny plastic pieces that wash down drains and accumulate in lakes, rivers and oceans. The bill to ban microbeads from California was passed this morning by the state assembly by 58 votes to 11 , and must now pass the senate in order for it to go into effect as law on January 1, 2020. Read the rest of California Assembly votes to ban all products with toxic plastic microbeads Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: California , california microbeads , environmental toxins , microbead ban , microbead body wash , microbead toothpaste , microbeads , Ocean Plastic , plastic waste , water pollution

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Twinkling solar bike path inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night pops up in the Netherlands

May 22, 2015 by  
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House Republicans vote to restrict National Science Foundation climate change research

May 22, 2015 by  
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Last month, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology voted along party lines to cut funding allocations that enable NASA to study changing climate patterns through their Earth Science program. This week, House Republicans voted 217 to 205 to take a second swipe at the government-funded study of global warming , this time by seeking to impose regulations on how the National Science Foundation utilizes its money, via the pending  America Competes Reauthorization Act . Read the rest of House Republicans vote to restrict National Science Foundation climate change research Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , FY2016 budget , global warming , house committee on science space and technology , national science foundation , nsf , republican house , science funding

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Burn the trash, forget the toxins is the USA’s new garbage policy

January 15, 2015 by  
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“Burn baby, burn” is an old chant for a new generation of Americans who are too inconvenienced to put a bottle or two in a blue bin instead of a brown one. Americans produce 4.4 pounds of trash per person per day, more than any other population in any other country, and communities across the country are now looking into waste-to-energy incinerators as the only option for getting rid of the multiplying mounds of trash . Read the rest of Burn the trash, forget the toxins is the USA’s new garbage policy Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , Baltimore , baltimore incinerator , baltimore incinerator project , burned garbage , burning garbage , burning trash , Curtis Bay , dioxin , energy incinerators , environmental toxins , fertilizer plant , florida incinerator , fuel depot , incinerators , Maryland , medical waste incinerator , mercury , renewable energy , toxic air , waste to energy , waste-to-energy incinerators , west palm beach florida incinerator

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3D-printed Solar Bytes Pavilion pushes the boundaries of architectural innovation

January 15, 2015 by  
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American Farm Bureau prepares for climate change-driven drought

January 15, 2015 by  
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  Although the American Farm Bureau is tied to conventional agriculture and its conservative base, the organization is worried about climate change , and it’s preparing for the future impact that global warming will have on farming. The surprising move was driven by concerns about snowpack in the western US, which stores water during the winter and then releases it slowly throughout the year. A warming climate means that water stored as snow could instead fall as rain—and that could lead to a serious water shortage during the dry summer season. Read the rest of American Farm Bureau prepares for climate change-driven drought Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: climate change drought , climate change policy , dealing with climate change , drought dams , Farm Bureau climate change , Farm Bureau drought , Farm Bureau global warming , farmer drought , farming climate change , farming drought , farming global warming , global warming drought

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Picturesque Lagoon Dyed Black to Stop Swimmers From Taking a Dip in Toxic Water

July 24, 2013 by  
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A picturesque lagoon in Buxton, England has been dyed black in an attempt to discourage swimmers who might be drawn in by its beauty, only to expose themselves to dangerous chemicals and “car wrecks, dead animals, excrement [and] rubbish.” The lagoon is a former quarry that still contains toxic residue—including bleach—from its industrial days. Read the rest of Picturesque Lagoon Dyed Black to Stop Swimmers From Taking a Dip in Toxic Water Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: buxton , chemicals , dangerous chemicals , Environment , environmental toxins , lagoon , Pollution , quarry , swimmers , water health , water pollution        

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FAA Wants to Move Away from Leaded Gasoline by 2018

June 12, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Sometimes it seems like air transportation is the last to catch up with energy innovations. Busses, cars and trains regularly run on a variety of green options. But airplanes, with a few exceptions , still run on good old-fashioned – and toxic – leaded gasoline. So the FAA request on Monday for fuel producers to help find a new, unleaded option for powering airplanes is a welcome advancement, even if it does seem a few decades behind. Read the rest of FAA Wants to Move Away from Leaded Gasoline by 2018 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: airplane fuel , airplane gasoline , aviation fuel , environmental toxins , FAA , Federal Aviation Administration , greener flight , greener transportation , leaded fuel phase out 2018 , Leaded gasoline , leaded gasoline US , leaded gasoline use , unleaded gasoline , US leaded , US toxins        

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