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EU Agrees to Slash Single-Use Plastics to Halt Marine Pollution

EU Agrees to Slash Single-Use Plastics to Halt Marine Pollution

Encouraging news on the fight against plastic pollution! Europe is one step closer to banning some of the most common single-use plastics to help protect the environment and reduce marine litter. Negotiators from the European Parliament and Council reached a provisional agreement on Wednesday to reduce use or eliminate plastic products such as cigarette butts, […]

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    Google Street View to Expand Mapping of Air Pollution

    Google Street View to Expand Mapping of Air Pollution

    Google announced Wednesday it would expand its innovative, street-by-street air pollution mapping program to an international fleet of 50 Google Street View cars, Business Wire reported. The program is a partnership with Aclima, a San Francisco company that maps air quality on a block-by-block scale. The announcement comes a day after a report from the […]

    Artists and Activists Rise to Fight Climate Change

    Artists and Activists Rise to Fight Climate Change

    Environmentalists and creative minds around the world are gearing up for this month’s major climate action events. This weekend, people in 89 countries will mobilize for the Rise for Climate global grassroots movement. It will feature 748 local events and rallies across the globe, as well as the largest-ever West Coast climate march to be […]

    European Union to Ban Halogen Bulbs

    European Union to Ban Halogen Bulbs

    Halogen lightbulbs will soon flicker out in Europe after the European Union’s ban on the sale of the bulbs comes into effect on Sept. 1. Households are expected to switch to LED lights, which tend to be more expensive up front, but usually last longer, consume less energy and can save on electricity bills in […]

    Climate Change More Than Doubled the Odds of Europe’s Heatwave, Scientists Say

    Climate Change More Than Doubled the Odds of Europe’s Heatwave, Scientists Say

    Climate change increased the odds of northern Europe’s current heatwave, according to a preliminary assessment from scientists. “We estimate that the probability to have such a heat or higher is generally more than two times higher today than if human activities had not altered climate,” according to World Weather Attribution, an international network of researchers […]

    European Drought Threatens Harvests From Sweden to the Czech Republic

    European Drought Threatens Harvests From Sweden to the Czech Republic

    For farmers in central and northern Europe, this summer’s unusually high temperatures aren’t just uncomfortable, they are putting their harvests at risk, The Guardian reported Friday. The drought, caused by high temperatures and low rainfall since May 2018, is the worst in recent memory for the region, according to The Guardian. “Older families around me […]

    Climate Change Damage in China Could Harm U.S. Economy, Study Finds

    Climate Change Damage in China Could Harm U.S. Economy, Study Finds

    By Tim Radford German scientists have shown once again that climate change remains a global problem, with China’s climate impact, for instance, hurting the economy of the U.S. Disastrous flooding—likely to increase as the world warms, and ever more water enters the atmosphere—in one country could reverberate in ways that could harm another nation’s economy. […]

    EU Moves to Ban 10 Most Harmful Single-Use Plastics

    EU Moves to Ban 10 Most Harmful Single-Use Plastics

    In an ambitious effort to stop ocean pollution, the European Commission on Monday proposed banning the 10 most common single-use plastic products as well as lost and abandoned fishing gear. The European Union’s executive arm targeted the products that are most often found on the continent’s beaches and seas, which together account for 70 percent […]

    10 Families Bring First Ever ‘People’s Climate Case’ Against the EU

    10 Families Bring First Ever ‘People’s Climate Case’ Against the EU

    Ten families from Fiji, Kenya and countries across Europe who are already suffering the effects of climate change filed a case against the EU Wednesday in a bid to force the body to increase its commitments under the Paris agreement, AFP reported. The “People’s Climate Case,” as it is being called, challenges the climate policies […]