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Arizona Lawmakers Forbid Cities From Enacting Plastic Bag Bans

AP | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics

PHOENIX (AP) — Vexed by the litter caught in cactus and shrubs, one Arizona city banned plastic bags on Earth Day last year. Two others considered s...

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...

State's Bill Would Stop Cities From Banning Plastic Bags

AP | SUMMER BALLENTINE | Posted 04.26.2015 | Green

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri lawmaker who also leads an association of grocery stores is trying to stop cities and towns in the state from ...

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.

California Becomes First State To Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags

AP | By FENIT NIRAPPIL | Posted 11.30.2014 | Green

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience ...

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; Accountabilit...

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 :)"...

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...

Alissa Scheller

This Is How Your Plastic Bag Ends Up In Massive Ocean Garbage Patches

HuffingtonPost.com | Alissa Scheller | Posted 04.22.2014 | Green

Ever heard of the Pacific garbage patch? It's one of several swirling trash zones in our oceans, and it's where a lot of our plastic litter ends up. W...

Living in a Plastic World

Marc Ross | Posted 06.10.2014 | Green
Marc Ross

Supporting our culture of convenience is a pervasive material that, while seemingly harmless in our car's cup holders, actually does so much damage to our planet. But it is not an issue to be taken lightly anymore.

BYOB: Bring Your Own Bag Ordinance Is Moving...FINALLY

Joe Moreno | Posted 05.14.2014 | Chicago
Joe Moreno

It is finally time to rid Chicago of this costly-to-the-taxpayer and incredibly destructive product.

This Major City Could Be Next To Ban Plastic Bags

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 03.10.2014 | Green

The lead proponent of a proposal to ban plastic bags in Chicago says he has enough support for his legislation to become law. Alderman Proco "Joe" ...

Hey, Let's Stop Being Idiots, Okay?

Valerie Alexander | Posted 04.30.2014 | Green
Valerie Alexander

In Los Angeles, since Jan. 1, we've been struggling to overcome the horrors of the Great Grocery Bag Upheaval. To sum it up: Our leaders have banned plastic grocery bags altogether and now require shoppers to pay for paper bags. Oh, the humanity!

PLASTIC: The Official Bag of California?

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 04.23.2014 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

Politicizing the environment makes for bad government and pandering to a special interest constituency is no justification for trading the benefit and betterment of our environment for the privilege and profit of a select few.

Major City Moves Closer To $.10 Bag Fee

The Baltimore Sun | YVONNE WENGER | Posted 03.24.2014 | Green

Customers at most stores in Baltimore would have to pay 10 cents for almost every bag they accept -- whether paper or plastic -- under legislation hea...

The 10 Steps That Need To Be Taken To Clean Up The Ocean

UCLA Inst. of the Environment and Sustainability | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
UCLA Inst. of the Environment and Sustainability

Actress Amy Smart joins UCLA experts Mark Gold and Megan Herzog to talk about what we can do to stop the ocean plastics scourge that is ruining ou...

'Green News Report' - October 3, 2013

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport FACEBOOK: Green News Report The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'S ...

9 Eco-Friendly Travel Products To Pack For A Green Vacation

Posted 09.30.2013 | Travel

Traveling can lend itself to eco-unfriendly behavior. But there are many ways you can minimize your carbon footprint while traveling, and the first is...