Canada bans single-use plastics to combat climate change and pollution

Placeholder while loading article actions The Canadian government has said Canada will ban the manufacture and import of “harmful” single-use plastics by the end of the year, in a sweeping effort to combat pollution and climate change. Environment Canada said Monday that most plastic grocery bags, cutlery and straws will be subject to the ban, … Read more

‘New River Installed’: Gardiner Outfitters Excited to Return to Water | local news

Gardiner – On the Friday before floodwaters turned the small town of Gardiner to a standstill at the end of a mountain road, the town buzzed with visitors, adventurers, rafters and fishermen. In essence, the city has been full of its economic lifeline and preparing for the ‘normality’ season after years of the impacts and … Read more

Five highly protected marine areas planned for English waters | keep

The Guardian has learned that the government could create five Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs) to ban all fishing and rebuild the sea. A new generation of marine nature reserves, governed by stricter regulations to allow for the restoration of mortal marine life, is proposed for the Lindisfarne coast in Northumberland and in Alonby Bay, … Read more

Philip Sutton, the inspirational Australian activist who sounded the climate emergency alert | climate crisis

Philip Sutton, who died suddenly at the age of 71, was a pioneer in the climate emergency movement and had a powerful influence on environmental activists in Australia and internationally. Sutton’s work challenged the prevailing paradigm of “reform as usual,” a strategy of incremental change based on unclear goals. He campaigned for the understanding that … Read more

Wildlife fears as Boris Johnson accused of failing to deliver on his political pledges | green policy

Activists say nature is facing a “perfect storm of threats” after promising eight wildlife bills Boris Johnson Since coming to power until now they have failed to see the light of day. The government has been accused of abandoning its commitments by failing to deliver policies on nature-friendly agriculture, the use of peat and pesticides, … Read more

Coral reefs inspire Hawaii’s coastal protection system

Image from video courtesy of University of Hawaii (Bevin) The University of Hawaii plans to develop “Resistive Coastal Defense Rapid Reef” – or R3D – to help protect coastlines from flooding, erosion and storm damage. The university says the Living Coast Protection System is inspired by coral reefs. From a University of Hawaii press release: … Read more

Four cities to test wells after audit raise pollution fears

Four Minnesota cities will conduct independent investigations into their drinking water supplies after a lawsuit was filed by a former government employee and the ensuing scrutiny raised concerns about how the state could clean up pollution from thousands of oil spills. The legislature awarded $200,000 to the central Minnesota city of Paynesville, which will hire … Read more

Renewable energy certifications may overestimate companies’ environmental efforts

Many large companies’ reliance on a certain type of highly scrutinized energy credit may be an indication that the private sector is far behind in efforts to reduce contributions to climate change, according to new research. The research, published in early June in the journal Nature Climate Change, focuses on renewable energy certifications (RECs), which … Read more

Renewable energy certifications may overestimate companies’ environmental efforts

Many large companies’ reliance on a certain type of highly scrutinized energy credit may be an indication that the private sector is far behind in efforts to reduce contributions to climate change, according to new research. The research, published in early June in the journal Nature Climate Change, focuses on renewable energy certifications (RECs), which … Read more

Justice or Transcendence?: As a critical test looms, the Great Greens come under fire

But Hein said it was important to distinguish between the hard work of organizing and “performative solidarity”. Note that many organizations are distracted by “having internal discussions about messages, identity, and your positions on various issues.” Indeed, in this new phase of environmental protection, the big green organizations have expanded to include labor rights, immigration, … Read more