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Giving Thanks for Bees

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dr. Reese Halter

This year, I give thanks to the 1.8 trillion honeybees that directly account for a quarter of a trillion dollars of worldwide commerce annually.

Los Angeles County Supervisors Make Plastic Bag History After State Legislators Fail to Regulate

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Californians deserve better than wasted tax dollars used to clean up plastic waste and higher grocery costs that cover the "free" single use bags.

TEDx: Plastic Is the New Smoking

Jennifer Schwab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Schwab

Over four decades of plastics addiction has caused a true unnatural disaster in our oceans -- think of the Gulf oil spill only a couple thousand miles longer.

Plastic Bag Ban Rejected By State Lawmakers

AP | ROBIN HINDERY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers have rejected a bill seeking to ban plastic shopping bags after a contentious debate over whether the ...

Vote On Plastic Bag Ban Scheduled For Today

AP | ROBIN HINDERY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Using plastic shopping bags could join indoor smoking and behind-the-wheel texting as the latest discouraged activity in Ca...

PHOTOS: Cities Crack The Whip For The Planet

Huffington Post | Alden Wicker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

There are many environmental issues that need addressing. But with the federal and state governments moving at their usual pace, cities are getting fe...

The Great Disposable Plastic Spill

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

The old 3 Rs: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle don't begin to deal with the problem of synthetic pollution made from petrochemicals that has steadily increased since its introduction in the late 1950's.

PHOTOS: 7 Ways To Kick The Plastic Habit

Huffington Post | Alden Wicker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

We need to break our dependence on oil, no doubt about that. One real culprit of our oil addiction is plastic. It's everywhere -- from single use pack...

Don't Mess With Texas! Brownsville To Charge $1 For Plastic Bags | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Trendy California recently rejected a ban on plastic shopping bags, but Brownsville, Texas, is moving ahead with such a ban next year. It recently agr...

California Drops the Ball on Plastic Bag Ban

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Why is it that the average American hasn't yet come to associate single-use plastic bags with the terrible environmental and economic toll these bags exact?

Chemical Industry Targets Lawmakers Over Plastic Bag Ban

Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

This story comes courtesy of California Watch. By Timothy Sandoval Just as the state Legislature ends its 2010 session with a flurry of major bills,...

Time to Bag the Bags

Jennifer Schwab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Schwab

Plastic bags are entering our food chain through oceans, rivers and the stomachs of wildlife. However, there is a way to stop this madness, and it's called California Assembly Bill 1998.

A Visit to My Kitchen: Beth Terry from Fake Plastic Fish

Maria Rodale | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Maria Rodale

Nearly three years ago, a photo of an albatross chick changed Beth Terry's life. The bird's stomach had exploded from eating disposable plastic bottle...

Plastic Bag Monsters Kill Journalist and Crew

Ben Zolno | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Ben Zolno

As this journalist tried to warn us, we're all being eaten alive. Sadly, only our governments can save us. Yikes.

Lawmaker Blasts Plastics Trade Association for Falsities

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Lisa Kaas Boyle

The author of the Single-Use Bag Reduction Act delivered a blistering expose of the false figures being used by the plastics industry trade association, the American Chemistry Council (ACC), to oppose her bill.

25-Foot Turtle Stumps for Plastic Bag Ban

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

If The Single-Use Bag Reduction Act passed, California would be the first state in America to prohibit single-use plastic bags in grocery stores, convenience stores and pharmacies.

Don't Feed Plastic Bag Monsters: Pass California Ban

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Collectively, Californians use 19 billion single-use plastic bags annually. Used but briefly, these bags have long-term consequences for California.

Plastic Bag Ban: California Moves To Ban Plastic Bags At Grocery Stores

AP | SAMANTHA YOUNG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It could soon cost California shoppers at the checkout aisle if they forget to bring their own bags to the store under what...

Plastic Bag Bans Push Consumers To Use Paper, Making Cities Reconsider Ban

The New York Times | SABRA CHARTRAND | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Three years ago, San Francisco was the first city in the country to ban the ubiquitous plastic shopping bag, but it was quickly followed by Palo Alto ...

Eco Etiquette: How Can I Reduce My Oil Footprint?

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

Send all your eco-inquiries to Jennifer Grayson at Questions may be edited for length and clarity. Seeing what's happening w...

Masters of the Obvious

Mark Gold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mark Gold

The American Chemistry Council has been making hay with its earth-shattering findings that unwashed reusable bags can be contaminated with a variety of bacterial pathogens, including Salmonella.

Plastic Logic

Wallace J Nichols | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wallace J Nichols

Why not clean up the plastic that can be reached on foot or by kayak, expending no fuel at all? We could hire thousands of young people who are eager for meaningful, outdoor work.

Our Environment, Our Health and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (AUDIO)

Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau

Yes, the BP situation is horrific. But is it much different than each of us killing the ocean, the animals, and our own bodies a little bit every day?

Putting the "I" in the Environment After the Gulf Spill

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Sirota

Those photographs of sludge-soaked pelicans are painful to behold. It's those hollow pupils peeking out of the brown death. They are an avian version of the eyes of T.J. Eckleburg that Fitzgerald once wrote about -- and they implicate us all.

How A Cupcake Ruined My Day (And No, I'm Not On A Diet)

Stephanie Soechtig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Stephanie Soechtig

We're all in this together. While it may be annoying to go back to your car to grab your reusable bag, or bring your own mug with you to Starbucks, think about what our world could be like if EVERYONE did it.