Banning Harmful Plastics

By now, you’ve likely heard or read reports of the problems created by many plastics. While plastic has been helpful in many ways – and there are many different types of plastic – the material has also been causing enormous problems in many parts od the world.

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Canada plans to ban ‘harmful’ single-use plastics by 2021

 

Ben Westcott

CNN

June 11, 2019

 

 

 

(CNN)Canada will ban many single-use plastic items by 2021, including bags, straws, cutlery and stirring sticks, to cut harmful waste damaging the country’s ecosystems.Keep reading

Earth is Now Greener

Here’s some positive news – and observations of ways we can change to protect and actually enhance our home, planet Earth.

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NASA Happily Reports the

Earth is Greener, with More

Trees Than 20 Years ago

Thanks to China, India

 

Good News Network

Feb 12, 2019

This research was published online

in the journal Nature Sustainability.

 

The world is literally a greener place than it was 20 years ago, and the data from NASA satellites has revealed a counterintuitive source for much of this new foliage: China and India.… Keep reading

Sustainability and Beauty

Here’s a change-of-pace blog, essentially an essay based on what I’ve experienced in creating and marketing a small development of Net Zero sustainable homes and on research I’ve done in a philosophy course. The question you might pose:

 

What has beauty got to do with sustainability?

 

Actually, I’m learning that it’s likely one of the key factors … and one you never see written in any sustainability literature.

Beginning with a couple of observations …

In the old paperback, “The Big Mac,” I recall Ray Kroc – who was going burger joint to burger joint selling milkshake makers – observing that the burger joint run by the MacDonald brothers was virtually the same as others along the same road, in terms of menu and prices, but was doing significantly more business. … Keep reading

Averting Climate Breakdown

Here’s a longer and more detailed blog. It’s not from a major publication or research report.  But it seems the result of considerable in-depth thought.  As you read through the 40 recommendations, with the detailed thought that accompanies them, think about which of those you might act on, personally.  Climate breakdown is no small matter.

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Averting Climate Breakdown by Restoring Ecosystems

 

A call to action

 

George Monbiot

natural climate

 

Summary:

A recent estimate suggests that around one third of the greenhouse gas mitigation required between now and 2030 can be provided by carbon drawdown through Natural Climate Solutions.… Keep reading

More women say they won’t have kids

Here’s a major social phenomenon that seems a direct outgrowth of our corporate and political leaders’ refusal to acknowledge and address issues of climate change … citizens taking the future into their own hands. While western nations and japan are all experiencing declining populations, this trend may have an even greater impact on our futures.

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‘How could I bring

a child into the world?’

More women say climate change

means they won’t have kids

 

Elizabeth Weise

USA TODAY

March 28, 2019

 

Though Laura Formisano says she never felt a huge desire to have children, she used to presume that would change.… Keep reading