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  • Green push for autobahn speed limit fails in Bundestag [Germany]

    10/17/2019 2:57:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 10.17.2019 | kmm, nm/msh (dpa, AFP)
    Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag, has voted against a bill proposed by the Greens that would have introduced a speed limit of 130 kilometers per hour (80 miles per hour) on the nation’s highways. Out of the 631 votes cast on Thursday, 498 voted against the proposal. All members of the far-right AfD and the business-friendly FDP parties rejected the bill, and just two members from each of the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) and conservative parties voted for the proposal. There were only a handful of abstentions. “You’re defending a transport policy from the day before yesterday,” said Cem Özdemir, Green...
  • Is Carlsberg about to release a paper beer bottle? [Denmark]

    10/11/2019 4:46:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies ^ | 11 October 2019 13:43 CEST+02:00 | Ritzau/The Local
    Two prototypes and new partnerships have brought Danish brewing giant Carlsberg a step closer to releasing a paper beer bottle. Carlsberg said in a press release that it was close to selling beer in paper bottles, in part to the partnership. Having worked on development of sustainable packaging since 2015, the company is scheduled to present two prototype paper bottles in Copenhagen on Friday. […] A “paper bottle union” between Carlsberg, The Paper Bottle Company (Paboco) and three other global companies — Coca-Cola, L’Oréal and The Absolut Company — is driving the development, according to the Danish brewery. …
  • Pope Francis Bans Plastic From The Vatican To 'Save The Environment'

    09/12/2019 1:43:13 PM PDT · by Monrose72 · 34 replies
    NN ^ | 09-12-19 | Daniel Newton
    Pope Francis has placed a ban on plastic in Vatican City State to 'stand in solidarity' with environmentalists, according to reports. The Pontiff made the announcement while aboard the papal plane during a long-haul flight back from a trip to Africa. The Catholic leader said he was disturbed by a conversation with chaplains and fishermen who described how they had found six tons of plastic over the course of a few months.
  • 'Gasland' Filmmaker Has a Problem—and It Spells Trouble for Dem Presidential Candidates

    09/06/2019 10:29:08 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies ^ | 9/5/2019 | Phelim McAleer
    ....going on the road to 100 cities with his pledge to “save the climate” is not explained. Maybe Fox has some mysterious way of traveling to 100 cities that does not involve air travel and burning of large quantities of fossil fuels. Or maybe Fox doesn’t really believe in climate change and is using fear to push his anti-American, anti-business and anti-modernity agenda. Or maybe like so many Hollywood elites Josh Fox believes that climate change restrictions are for the little people. He is important and has important work to do. Others need to ditch their cars or not fly...
  • Pope: Moon landing inspires progress on justice, environment

    07/21/2019 9:40:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 21, 2019
    Pope Francis is hoping that the 50th anniversary of the first moon walk inspires efforts to help our “common home” on Earth. […] He expressed hope that the memory of “that great step for humanity” would spark the desire for progress on other fronts: “more dignity for the weak, more justice among people, more future for our common home.” …
  • To help save the planet, cut back to a hamburger and a half per week

    07/20/2019 8:49:44 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 88 replies
    CNN ^ | July 17, 2019 | Jen Christensen
    Americans will need to cut their average consumption of beef by about 40% and Europeans by 22%, for the world to continue to feed the 10 billion people expected to live on this planet in 2050, according to a new report. That means each person could have about a burger and a half each week. This calculation comes from the World Resources Institute, a global research nonprofit that supports better use of natural resources to sustain a growing population. Its research looks at agriculture, the climate crisis, poverty and gender, among other topics. Its final "Creating a Sustainable Food Future"...
  • Appeals court upholds Trump move to drop mine pollution rule

    07/20/2019 4:18:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 19, 2019 | Matthew Brown
    A U.S. appeals court panel sided with the Trump administration Friday in a mining pollution dispute, ruling that state and federal programs already in place ensure that companies take financial responsibility for future cleanups. The ruling came after the administration was sued by environmental groups for dropping an Obama-era proposal that would have forced companies to put up money to show they have resources to clean up pollution. The mining industry has a legacy of bankrupt companies abandoning polluted sites and leaving taxpayers to cover cleanup costs. But the three-judge panel with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District...
  • German environment minister proposes carbon tax

    07/05/2019 10:49:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 07.05.2019 | js/amp (AP, dpa)
    Germany’s Social Democrat (SPD) Environment Minister Svenja Schulze presented three independent studies on possible carbon tax schemes in Berlin on Friday. Insisting such a tax would not unduly burden the poor, she said, “those who decide to live a more climate-friendly life could actually get money back.” The plans Schulze presented suggested an initial €35 ($39.50) tax on each metric ton of CO2, to be increased to €180 by 2030, the idea being that the more expensive petrol, natural gas, and heating oil become, the less people will use. Schulze told reporters that those who consume less, including children, will...
  • German minister calls for immediate ban on plastic bags

    05/10/2019 12:52:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 05.10.2019 | av/jm (dpa, BDT)
    German Development Minister Gerd Müller has called for a ban on plastic bags in Germany, in part to reduce the exports of waste to developing countries. “The ban on plastic straws is not enough,” Müller told the Augsburger Allgemeine. “Germany should not wait for Europe and should immediately ban disposable plastic bags.” The CSU politician noted that some African countries had already banned plastic bags, “We must do what Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda have done.” […] Plastic waste in the sea is set to increase tenfold and with current trends, by 2050, there may be more plastic than fish in...
  • Maine becomes 1st state to ban single-use foam containers

    05/01/2019 7:11:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 1, 2019
    Maine has become the first state to ban single-use food and drink containers made from polystyrene foam, commonly known as Styrofoam. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed the bill into law Tuesday. The Natural Resources Council of Maine says Maine’s the first state to enact such a ban. […] Supporters say the law will reduce litter in lakes, rivers and coastal waters. It takes effect in 2021. …
  • US judge halts hundreds of drilling projects in groundbreaking climate change ruling

    03/21/2019 2:27:57 AM PDT · by blueplum · 22 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | 20 Mar 2019 | Cassidy Randall
    n the first significant check on the Trump administration’s “energy-first” agenda, a US judge has temporarily halted hundreds of drilling projects for failing to take climate change into account. Drilling had been stalled on more than 300,000 acres of public land in Wyoming after it was ruled the Trump administration violated environmental laws by failing to consider greenhouse gas emissions. The federal judge has ordered the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which manages US public lands and issues leases to the energy industry, to redo its analysis. The decision stems from an environmental lawsuit. WildEarth Guardians, Physicians for Social Responsibility,...
  • Lawsuit Launched Challenging Texas Highway Project's Threat to Endangered Salamanders

    03/03/2019 11:12:39 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Center for Biological Diversity ^ | February 28, 2019 | Jenny Loda and Kelly Davis
    AUSTIN, Texas— The Center for Biological Diversity and Save Our Springs Alliance today filed a notice of intent to sue the Texas Department of Transportation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over an Austin highway construction project’s threats to the federally endangered Austin blind and Barton Springs salamanders. The conservation groups recently learned that the MoPac Intersections Project has exposed at least 21 underground caves, sink holes and other karst features that provide habitat for the endangered salamanders. There is a high risk that construction will pollute the two species’ habitat by introducing silt and pollutants to the subsurface. The...
  • Wiped out: America's love of luxury toilet paper is destroying Canadian forests

    03/02/2019 6:03:07 PM PST · by blueplum · 171 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | 01 Mar 2019 | Sam Wolfson
    We’re all becoming more aware about the damage single-use plastics and fast fashion has on the environment. Yet there is one product we all throw away every single day that, so far, has not been a major part of conversations about sustainability: toilet paper. But America’s heavy use of toilet paper – particularly the pillowy soft kind – is worsening climate change and taking “a dramatic and irreversible toll” on forests, especially the Canadian boreal forest...
  • Trump administration proposing major rollback of water rules

    12/11/2018 8:22:57 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 11, 2018 | Ellen Knickmeyer
    The Trump administration is poised to withdraw federal protections for countless waterways and wetlands across the country, making good on President Donald Trump’s campaign pledge to weaken landmark water rules long resented by some developers, farmers and oil, gas and mining executives. Environmental groups said the Trump administration proposal would have a sweeping impact on how the country safeguards the nation’s waterways, scaling back not just a 2015 Obama administration interpretation of federal jurisdiction over the nation’s waters, but also how federal agencies enforce the 1972 Clean Water Act. […] The changes would affect what waterways and wetlands fall under...
  • Environmentalists file 3rd lawsuit over Trump wall plans

    10/18/2018 8:58:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 18, 2018 11:49 AM EDT | Nomaan Merchant
    Environmental groups filed another lawsuit Thursday challenging the Trump administration’s use of waivers to speed up construction of a border wall, this time in Texas. Three groups sued the Department of Homeland Security, a week after the agency waived environmental laws along a roughly 25-mile (40-kilometer) stretch of border in the Rio Grande Valley, which is the southernmost point of Texas. […] In Texas, the government wants to connect existing sections of fencing on river levees in Hidalgo County and to close other gaps in fencing in neighboring Cameron County. […] Environmental groups say DHS is wrongly using authority that...
  • Global marches seek urgent action on climate change

    09/08/2018 6:49:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 08, 2018 9:18 PM EDT
    More than 18,000 people marched Saturday in Paris as part of an international mobilization to show popular support for urgent measures to combat climate change in advance of a San Francisco summit. Crowds overflowed a plaza in front of City Hall before marching east to the Place de la Republique, carrying an urgent message that it’s up to the public to put global warming at the top of the political agenda. “Planet in Danger,” read some banners. Activists around the world encouraged “Rise for Climate” protests before the summit taking place Sept.12-Sept. 14. California’s governor proposed the event after President...
  • Grizzly bear hunt has trophy hunters, conservationists awaiting federal judge's ruling

    08/28/2018 11:41:20 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 28, 2018 | Travis Fedschun
    A planned hunt of grizzly bears near Yellowstone National Park has trophy hunters and environmentalists on edge as a federal judge may rule as early as Thursday if the planned hunt can still go forward. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen is set to hear arguments in six lawsuits brought by environmental groups against a planned grizzly bear hunt that hunters say they should be allowed to participate in. About 700 grizzlies living in and around Yellowstone National Park lost their protected status last year when they were removed from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's threatened species list. Ranchers and...
  • Chicago Straw Company Thrives, Despite Anti-Straw Movement

    08/16/2018 2:28:48 PM PDT · by McGruff · 20 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | August 15, 2018
    A Chicago company hopes to thrive, despite making a product under fire this summer. Plastic drinking draws have recently been seen as a public enemy, according to many environmentalists. Machines spit out straws at a dizzying rate inside a factor on Chicago’s far South side. The machines produce so many straws every year, Bob Beavers III, the Chairman of Best Diamond Plastics, says “the number of straws we produce begins with a b.” Best Diamond Plastics is a company that has seen an uptick in business, despite the anti-straw movement. “Some of our competitors have turned off their straw machines....
  • Germany accumulates more packaging waste per capita than any country in the EU

    07/27/2018 1:29:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies ^ | 26 July 2018 10:58 CEST+02:00 | DPA/The Local
    Even eco-friendly Germany is guilty of a throwaway culture. Each year, it consumes more than 220 kilos of packaging per capita — more than any other country in the European Union. The new figures, published on Thursday by the Federal Environment Agency (UBA), soar high above the European average of 167.3 kilos per capita, which was disheartening news for UBA President, Maria Krautzberger. “We produce far too much packaging waste — an unfortunate first place in Europe,” said Krautzberger. “Most of all we have to reduce waste, possibly even in the production phase by avoiding unnecessary packaging.” The UBA announced...
  • Apple CEO intends to keep speaking out on social issues

    06/26/2018 7:19:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 25, 2018 10:16 PM EDT | Michael Liedtke
    Apple CEO Tim Cook intends to continue lambasting U.S. immigration policies and other issues that trouble him to avoid falling into an “appalling silence.” Cook outlined his views on when CEOs should protest government policies during a Monday evening appearance at a business conference hosted by Fortune magazine.. His remarks came a week after he condemned the Trump administration’s since-reversed practice of separating children from parents accused of crossing the U.S. border illegally in an interview with The Irish Times. If he had dodged the politically charged subject, Cook said he would have been cast into “the appalling silence of...