Water pollution inspires the Lake Erie Bill of Rights to improve water quality

March 5, 2019 by  
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Residents of Toledo are fighting back against water pollution in Lake Erie. Residents in the Ohio town voted on a Lake Erie Bill of Rights to help protect the lake from human waste, a move that has been criticized by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF). The piece of legislation, dubbed LEBOR, basically gives the lake the same rights as humans. If the measure stands up in court, residents will be able to sue individuals and businesses on behalf of the lake. Citizens in Toledo hope this will cut down on water pollution by empowering people to sue anyone who harms the waters of Lake Erie via pollution . Related: 7 ways to conserve water and reduce your water footprint The measure was passed by an overwhelming majority of residents in Lucas County. Over 61 percent of individuals voted in favor of the new law, while only 38 percent voted against it. Poll numbers indicate that only about 9 percent of eligible voters in the county showed up for the special election . While the measure may help improve the water quality in Lake Erie, the OFBF openly criticized the proposal. The organization’s director, Joe Cornely, released a statement after the vote and argued that residents are going to be the ones who end up fitting the bill for the upcoming legal battles. “We were concerned before and remain concerned that farmers , taxpayers and Ohio businesses are now going to spend a lot of time and money fighting legal that eventually are likely to be thrown out of court,” Cornely shared. The bill of rights measure was originally introduced by activists in 2018, but organizers failed to get it on the ballot. The OFBF claims that outside forces are behind the measure and warn that it opens up too many opportunities for lawsuits, especially against farmers in the area. LEBOR is the first bill of its kind to be passed in the United States. Shortly after the measured was voted in, conservationists praised Toledo citizens for sticking up for the environment and fighting water pollution at one of the state’s most iconic sites. Via Ohio’s Country Journal and Vox Image via NOAA and Counselman Collection

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French ban will outlaw all plastic utensils, cups and dishes by 2020

September 19, 2016 by  
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Back in July, a plastic bag ban went into effect in France . Now the country is going a step further with a measure that would ban all plastic utensils, cups, and dishes by 2020. While some praise the measure, others worry it’s not fair for low-income families. The measure went into effect in August, but allows producers almost four years to make the switch from plastic to compostable utensils and dishes made with biological materials. According to the Associated Press, the measure means France is apparently the ” first country to introduce a blanket ban on plastic dishware .” Consumers won’t be able to purchase coffee in plastic cups or plastic wine glasses for picnics; instead, companies will have to sell compostable dishware and utensils made of “biologically sourced materials.” Related: Edible spoons let you ditch plastic utensils (and they taste great, too) Those in favor of the ban hope it will propel the country forward as an environmental example other countries could emulate. Those opposed to the ban say it places greater strain on low income families who tend to use plastic dishware and utensils regularly. For that reason Environment Minister of France Segolene Royal said the measure is “anti-social.” Pack2Go Europe , an organization representing packaging manufacturers, even says the measure violates European Union rules for “free movement of goods.” Pack2Go Europe’s secretary general argues the measure could create more litter , as people might be tempted to simply discard the compostable dishes and utensils anywhere since they are biodegradable. He also says it has not yet been proved that utensils made of biological materials are safer for the environment than plastic utensils and dishes. Pack2Go Europe says they are willing to take legal action against the measure. Via the Associated Press Images via Quinn Dombrowski on Flickr and Matt Anderson on Flickr

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New Carbon Tax Means 1 Million Australians Won’t Have to Pay Income Taxes

October 13, 2011 by  
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Photo credit: Señor Codo via Fotopedia/ CC BY-SA 3.0 You might have already heard that after a long and arduous political battle, Australia is on track to institute a fairly potent carbon tax . After the measure passes the upper house (where the political composition is such that it is assured to do so), the nation’s 500 largest polluters will begin … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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General Mills’ Five-Year Goals Aim to Cut Impacts by 20 Percent

November 18, 2010 by  
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The company wants to cut greenhouse gas emissions, and water and energy each by 20 percent, while also halving its solid waste generation by 2015.

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Inside the ‘Growthless, Jobless Recovery’

November 18, 2010 by  
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Last year, I made three predictions about what our economic recovery would look like, and why.

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Scaling Up Unilever’s Farm Tool to Measure Global Ag Emissions

November 2, 2010 by  
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Up to 15 percent of all greenhouse gasses come from farmers churning up soil. The International Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change aims to change that by promoting concrete solutions that deliver results today.

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Graphic Designers Team Up to Measure and Reduce Impacts

October 25, 2010 by  
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 The graphic design industry has launched a project to develop measurements to help designers and their clients understand the environmental and social impacts of their work before projects are completed.

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DIY: Make Your Own Giant LED Balloons to Measure Air Quality

August 6, 2010 by  
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Air quality in urban areas can be horrendous. For instance, in New York and Los Angeles the air quality is consistently below federal safety levels

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Quebec to Construct Opera House Entirely From Shipping Pallets

August 6, 2010 by  
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Read the rest of Quebec to Construct Opera House Entirely From Shipping Pallets http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , eco design , green architecture , Green Building , green design , jacques plante , l’opera palette , material reuse , opera , pallets , pascale pierre , quebec , quebec city , Recycled Materials , reuse , shipping pallets , sustaianble building , theater

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Stunning Modern Home Unfolds from Salvaged Beams

August 6, 2010 by  
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This striking 23.2 House by Architect Omar Arbel creates a wonderful narrative that starts with a pile of huge salvaged Douglas fir beams.

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