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A Plastic Smog Is Smothering Our Oceans

Dr. Chad Nelsen | Posted 07.26.2016 | Green
Dr. Chad Nelsen

Plastic poses a major threat to our marine environment, ecosystems and marine life. It's now being found in seafood that can eventually land on our plates.

Donald Trump Poop Bags, My Cartoonist Dad And Me: Rethinking How We Pick Up After Dogs

Anna Jane Grossman | Posted 07.20.2016 | Green
Anna Jane Grossman

In the 1970s in New York City, dog poo was a whole to do. A campaign to clean up the streets of excrement began when Fran Lee, an Upper West Side activist, started drawing attention to a purported link between feces on sidewalks and child blindness.

Suffocating Freedom: Plastic Bags, California's Progress, and Polluters' Fight to the Death

Hans Johnson | Posted 07.08.2016 | Politics
Hans Johnson

When California responded to a pervasive and costly form of blight by enacting the nation's first statewide ban on throwaway plastic bags, the victory...

Sustainability Is More Than Recycling

Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D. | Posted 06.23.2016 | Green
Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D.

A dozen years ago sustainability was an uncommon word, and was used occasionally to describe anything that would maintain over time. Then the term gained new meaning as increasingly scientific studies were published with data relating to climate change and its impact on our planet.

Plastic Shopping Bags Will Soon Be History Everywhere in Africa. Here's Why...

John-Paul Iwuoha | Posted 06.03.2016 | Green
John-Paul Iwuoha

Photo credit: Prestonbot/Compfight Last year, I was in Cameroon (central Africa) for a series of seminars on entrepreneurship and small business. W...

How to get people to stop using plastic bags? Punishment and Donald Trump poop bags

Anna Jane Grossman | Posted 05.05.2016 | Green
Anna Jane Grossman

In NYC, the City Council is about to vote on a bill that is designed to change a typical New Yorker's behavior: bringing home groceries in so-called "...

Why All New Yorkers Should Support the Bag Bill

Letitia James | Posted 05.04.2016 | Green
Letitia James

As you read this, chances are you've already used one today. Lightweight, durable, and convenient, plastic bags have become a staple of commerce -- so ubiquitous that most cashiers and shopkeepers usually don't even ask if you really need one.

Dr. Chad Nelsen on Saving the Nation's Beaches: "We Love These Places"

Pierce Nahigyan | Posted 02.16.2016 | Green
Pierce Nahigyan

The Foundation's goal of protecting 100 percent of the nation's coastlines has grown beyond a California dream.

Pro Surfer Stops Sea Monster from Reaching Beach

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 11.30.2015 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Ocean Trash is a modern day, scientifically documented Sea Monster. The photos are not fuzzy. Anyone with a camera can capture images of this beast o...

Morocco Moves To Ban All Plastic Bags

HuffPost Morocco | Sara Elkamel | Posted 11.04.2015 | World

Morocco is witnessing a small environmental revolution. Six years after banning black plastic bags, the country’s government has set its sights on b...

Powerful Lobbying Groups Want to Make Sure You Keep Using Plastic Bags

Laura Turner Seydel | Posted 10.15.2015 | Green
Laura Turner Seydel

In Georgia, we have been victorious in deterring powerful outsider groups from interfering in our local politics and stopping important legislation. Unfortunately, this is only the beginning. One of the best ways you can make a difference is by starting at home and implementing a family policy of the 4 R's -- Reuse, reduce, recycle and refuse!

Minimalist Plastic Bag Fee Shockingly Does Not Cause Panic on High Street

A. Siegel | Posted 10.05.2015 | Green
A. Siegel

We will not 'solve' our societal problems and adequately address climate change with incremental changes like (confusing) 5p charges on plastic bags. Yet, we will not "solve" our societal problems and adequately address climate change without such incremental changes.

Read This and Never Forget Your Reusable Shopping Bag Again

Rodale Wellness | Posted 10.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Rodale Wellness

We've all been there: You get to the front of the grocery line with a shopping cart full of food only to realize that the reusable bags you intended t...

3 Simple Ways to Help the Environment

Maria Rodale | Posted 06.21.2015 | Green
Maria Rodale

The first Earth Day was an inspiration. On that day in 1970, 20 million people turned out to demand the protection and restoration of the earth, air, water, forests, natural lands, and species that support, sustain, and enrich every aspect of our lives.

Who Should Make the Rules?

David Morris | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics
David Morris

Who should make decisions affecting the health and safety of our communities? Who governs? Conservative Republicans in Texas are split on the question.

Landmark Plastic Bag Ban Officially On Hold

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 02.24.2015 | Green

The nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags will not go into effect this summer after all. The California secretary of state’s off...

Why The Landmark Plastic Bag Ban Might Be Put On Hold

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 12.30.2014 | Green

The nation’s first statewide plastic bag ban will not go into effect on its summer start date if signatures submitted by the ban’s opponents Monda...

10 Advances for the Environment I'm Grateful For This Thanksgiving

Margie Alt | Posted 01.26.2015 | Green
Margie Alt

There's a lot to be thankful for -- from historic progress on climate to groundbreaking environmental laws that can serve as a model for the rest of the nation. Behind each of these accomplishments was grassroots activism, engaged citizens, and committed individuals who just didn't give up; and it's that kind of people power that I'm most grateful for this holiday season.

5 Reasons Why I'm Celebrating California's Plastic Bag Ban

Adrianna Quintero | Posted 12.14.2014 | Green
Adrianna Quintero

The vast majority of the oceans' surface is polluted with plastic particles, 80 percent of which was trash on land that washed out to sea. These plastics may get broken down into tiny pieces, incorporated into glaciers, or swallowed up by animals, but they never really disappear.

Falling in Love With Kathmandu's Trash Heaps

Robert J. Rosenthal | Posted 11.19.2014 | Travel
Robert J. Rosenthal

I'd like to believe that with time and distance from the 1996-2006 insurgency, this issue, and others, will be ironed out and given the attentions -- and solutions -- it deserves.

'Green News Report' - September 4, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 11.04.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Accountability for BP in deadly Gulf Oil Spill Disaster; Accountability ...

Plastic Bags, Nuclear Waste and a Toxic Planet

Steven Cohen | Posted 11.02.2014 | Green
Steven Cohen

Last week we saw California move a step closer to banning one-time-use plastic bags and the Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission legalize above-ground storage of nuclear waste. What's the connection?

California Plastic Bag Ban Would Be First In The Nation

Reuters | Posted 10.30.2014 | Green

By Aaron Mendelson SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug 30 (Reuters) - The California state legislature enacted a ban on plastic grocery bags on Fr...

Kids at Beach Cry 'Clean Me Up!'

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 07.27.2014 | Los Angeles
Lisa Kaas Boyle

From the San Fernando Valley Sun:Nearly 4,000 Los Angeles kids, teachers and volunteers send a giant text message from the ocean to "CLEAN ME UP :)" a...

Another Major City Bans Plastic Shopping Bags

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 04.30.2014 | Green

Chicago has become the latest U.S. city to approve a ban on plastic shopping bags. The City Council voted overwhelmingly in favor of a partial plas...