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Ditching plastic straws is a good start, but the world is still buried in garbage
Environmentalists praised Starbucks’ announcement this week that it will stop using plastic straws within two years, and it’s indeed a laudable move.
Surprise! California cracked down on carbon and its economy is still booming
The predictions were dire in 2006 when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill audaciously committing the state to cut greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2020 in order to combat global warming.
To save the world's rarest marine mammal, conservationists seek ban on Mexican seafood imports
A decade of rescue crusades by conservation groups, hard-core eco-activists and the U.S. Navy have failed to prevent the world’s rarest porpoise from becoming fatally entangled in gill nets set for seafood in Mexico’s northern Gulf of California.
California slashes emissions, hits major greenhouse gas goal years early
In a major win for California’s fight against global warming, the state appears to have hit its first target for cutting greenhouse gases — and it reached the goal early.
Climate change is heating up Los Angeles. We need a grid that can keep the power on when it's sweltering
The record-breaking heat that baked Southern California and prompted mass power outages last weekend was just a taste of what is to come. Summers in SoCal have already been getting hotter over the last century. Climate change is expected to produce more frequent and more blistering heat waves in the coming years that will
House Republicans Vote To Gut Lauded Law That Saved America’s Fisheries
House Republicans on Wednesday voted to weaken a much-praised 1976 law that helped revive the commercial fishing industry in the United States and bring its fisheries back from the brink of collapse.
Starbucks To Eliminate Plastic Straws From All Of Its Stores By 2020
Starbucks has announced it is eliminating plastic straws from its stores worldwide over the next two years, an environmental measure that it said will remove more than a billion plastic straws annually from its stores.
California and New York City: We’ll buy more electric cars. How about you?
A coalition of states, cities and businesses determined to fight climate change announced a campaign Tuesday to buy more zero-emission vehicles for their own fleets and persuade others to do the same. Coalition members, which include the state of California and the city of New York, also called upon automakers to develop
Tesla's China factory: Will it ever be built?
Elon Musk in 2015 told the Chinese news media that Tesla might begin producing cars at a new China manufacturing plant “within three years.”
American Airlines Joins Efforts To Eliminate Plastic Straws, Stirrers
American Airlines announced Tuesday that it is joining global corporate and government efforts to reduce plastic waste by removing plastic straws from its airport lounges, the first of several planned steps.