New York State to ban plastic bags—here’s why

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New York State is on the verge of banning plastic shopping bags, becoming the second U.S. state, after California, to ban them outright. The ban, which is part of the state budget bill expected to pass Monday, would forbid retailers from providing shoppers with single-use bags. It would take effect next March.


Ban on single-use plastic items approved by European Parliament

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The European Parliament has approved a law banning a wide-range of single-use plastic items, such as straws, cotton buds and cutlery, by 2021.


This city bans cars every Sunday—and people love it

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It’s like falling in love all over again; every Sunday without fail, and holidays too, the inhabitants of the car-choked, noise-filled, stressed-out city of Bogotá, 8,660 feet up in the thin air of the Andes, get to feel that the city belongs to them, and not to the 1,600,000 suicidal private cars, 50,000 homicidal taxis, nine thousand gasping buses, and some half-million demented motorcycles that otherwise pack into the buzzing capital of Colombia.


Puerto Rico just passed a bill to require 100% renewable electricity by 2050

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Eighteen months after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico–an island-wide blackout that was the longest in the history of the U.S. that helped contribute to the thousands of deaths from the storm–the island is now planning to shift to 100% renewable energy.


Global Climate Strike: Meet the teenagers skipping school to fight for a greener planet

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Adults have failed. Failed to slash emissions and failed to curb global warming — that is the view of hundreds of thousands of students who will protest climate inaction this Friday, by taking part in the Global Climate Strike. Inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg’s weekly protests, the global youth climate movement has swept the globe, with students organizing strikes on every continent.


From solar sisters to waste warriors, 5 examples of women taking climate action

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Climate-related disasters, extreme weather events and depleting water sources affect everyone on earth, but studies show that women are disproportionately impacted by global warming. Women in developing countries are particularly at risk as they are often poorer and more dependent on natural resources than men, according to the United Nations. On International Women’s Day, we profile five initiatives led by women fighting for a greener planet.


6 plastic-free ways to travel with safe drinking water

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Staying hydrated when you travel can be a challenge, particularly in places where tap water is unsafe or unavailable. Rather than reaching for a single-use plastic bottle and contributing to the world’s plastic problem, learn some new strategies for safe water consumption wherever you roam.


Support is surging for teens’ climate change lawsuit

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The 21 youths suing the federal government over climate change have gained a new round of supporters, including 30,000 youths who signed onto a legal brief asking an appeals court to allow the long-delayed case to go to trial.


Thousands of Belgian schoolchildren have gone on strike to protest climate change

There’s nothing new about children skipping school. But when they do it in their thousands, and all for the same cause, then it’s time to pay attention. On 31 January, tens of thousands of children marched in Belgium, the fourth such protest in what has become a weekly routine, demanding urgent action on climate change. The biggest demonstration, in Liège, drew 15,000 people – parents and grandparents joining students as they marched to the city hall with chants of “to arms”.


Big consumer brands will start taking their packaging back (US and France residents sign up for Loop program waitlist here)

In the environmentalist mantra “reduce, reuse, recycle,” almost all of the attention has been paid to recycling. Now some of the world’s biggest consumer brands are trying to shift the focus to the second R, with a program that provides products in reusable containers that can be returned for a refund.


Why cold weather doesn’t mean climate change is fake

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Weather and climate aren’t the same thing, meaning you can expect harsher winters in a warming world.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s foundation just announced a bold new plan to curb climate change

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The One Earth Climate Model says we can curb temperature rises without resorting to nuclear power or using unproved technologies. It will be expensive–but far less than the subsidies we currently give fossil fuel companies.

Record number of Americans ‘very worried’ about climate change, report finds

More Americans now say that climate change is a real threat to themselves and others, following a trend of mounting public concern around global warming. That’s according to a climate report released Tuesday by researchers at Yale University and George Mason University that tracked public opinions about climate change in a nationwide survey last year.


The anatomy of climate-change policy: A primer

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In Congress and on the presidential campaign trail, America is gearing up to tussle over big climate-change policy for the first time in nearly a decade. But what this actually means is up for massive interpretation.


Why Climate Change Would Have Alarmed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

As Dr. Martin Luther King’s National Day of Service approaches, I had an interesting thought as a scientist, writer, and human being. Climate change is one of the most significant challenges facing humanity, and its impacts stretch far beyond science. Climate change is often discussed from the lens of agriculture, energy, public health, national security, or weather disasters.

Luxembourg makes all public transport free 

With a population of 602,000, Luxembourg is one of Europe’s smallest countries — yet it suffers from major traffic jams. But that could be about to change. Last month, it announced plans to make all public transport — trains, trams and buses — free from March 2020. The government hopes the move will alleviate heavy congestion and bring environmental benefits, according to Dany Frank, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Mobility and Public Works.

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