California Cities Take Up Nanny-State Straw Bans

A bill proposed during January in the California legislature to ban restaurants from offering plastic straws may not have passed, but a number of California cities have taken up and even enacted the idea. The New York Times reports that the cities of Seattle; Miami Beach and Fort Meyers, Florida; along with San Luis Obispo…

Environmentalists Revive “Biomass Converter”

Sweden was featured in a recent video promoting trash incineration as a way to produce more energy while allegedly lessening the country’s carbon footprint. In reality, this is reviving the biomass converter idea from the 1970’s. What is old is new again. If trash should be burned it should be to rid countries, states, counties,…

Green Group Envisions a Human-Free Future

A bill in the California legislature would ban the sale of gas-powered vehicles in the state by 2040. The bill was submitted by Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco and has the strong backing of the environmentalist group Center for Climate Protection who cites public health and climate change goals as their reason for doing so.…

Environmental Laws Encourage Border Pollution

During testimony at the US House Natural Resources Committee last week, Arizona rancher Dan Bell testified as one of four witnesses that removing environmental rules that restrict border agent access would do much to clean up litter there. According to Cronkite News, Bell stated that because of US Border Patrol agents being restricted in the…

The New York Times admits coal bans ruin lives, hurt poor

A startling report issued by The New York Times yesterday in which The Grey Lady’s underlying premise just about admits that banning coal use ruins lives and hurts poor people the most. The Times‘ accomplishes this by outlining the effects of the incompetence conducted during China’s anti-pollution campaign to stop the use of coal that…

How oceans clean themselves

Boyan Slat combines environmentalism, entrepreneurism and technology to tackle global issues of sustainability. After diving in Greece, and coming across more plastic bags than fish, he wondered: why can’t we clean this up? While still being on secondary school, he then decided to dedicate half a year of research to understand plastic pollution and the…