European Union Approves Banning Single-Use Plastic

European Union legislators have voted to ban single-use plastic used by consumers, in an effort to curb ocean pollution. The 10 products affected include plates, balloon sticks, food and beverage containers, cutlery, straws, and stirrers. The legislation, approved Wednesday, will take effect in 2021, CNN reports. Cutlery, cotton buds, straws, stirrers…Thanks to our new rules, […]

Midwest Flooding Hits Superfund Sites, Including Some With Radioactive Materials

Several Midwestern states have been significantly impacted by recent extreme flooding, which has hit U.S. corn, soybean, and wheat farmers especially hard. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) now says that flood waters have reached eight Superfund sites in Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska, according to Bloomberg. Because flood water levels remain high, it isn’t possible for […]

Massive Flooding Has Destroyed Midwest U.S. Farms. Here’s What You Should Know

A week after it began, major flooding continues to impact millions of people in states including Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, and South Dakota. The ongoing crisis began on Thursday, March 14, when the 90-year-old Spencer Dam broke in Nebraska, northwest of Sioux City, Iowa and Omaha. The dam rupture unleashed an 11-foot wall of water into […]

Tech Companies Preaching Sustainability Are Actually Making Carbon Footprints Worse

Tech companies with a mission to create small carbon footprints might be doing the opposite, according to a new study published in the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. The report, called “Contradictions of the Climate-Friendly City: New Perspectives on Eco-Gentrification and Housing Justice,” alleges that the quest to be sustainable is, in fact, […]

Students at 957 Schools Will Strike for Climate Action on March 15. One Swedish Teenager Started the Worldwide Protest

On Friday, March 15, in nearly 1,000 cities and towns in at least 82 countries around the world, young people are planning a school strike. The reason? A lack of action on climate change. And it’s all because of one Scandinavian teenager. By now you may have heard of Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swede who […]

U.S. Supreme Court Rules the World Bank Can Be Sued for Environmental and Health Issues

Banks are not above the law, and now, individuals and groups have the right to sue the World Bank. That’s according to a 7-1 decision by the United States Supreme Court in the case of Jam Vs. International Finance Corporation. IFC is the arm of the World Bank that lends to private sector interests in […]

Microplastic Polluting Rivers and Seas Across the Globe, Says New Research

Microplastic pollution knows no boundaries. The contaminants have been found in the U.K.’s lake and rivers, in U.S. groundwater, along the Yangtze river in China and on the coast of Spain, according to new studies. Less than 5 millimeters in size, the minuscule pieces of plastic often shed from larger, disintegrating pieces of pollution and […]

Majority Of U.S. Coal Plants Contaminating Groundwater With Toxic Chemicals, Report Finds

Most U.S. coal plants are contaminating nearby groundwater with toxic chemicals, including arsenic, lithium, and chromium, a new analysis by environmental groups released Monday found. The report, published by the Environmental Integrity Project and Earthjustice, found that 91% of U.S. coal-fired power plants (or 242 of the 265 plants that monitor groundwater) were contaminating the […]

How Climate Change Could Knock Fish Off of Dinner Plates

Between 1930 and 2010, the global productivity of marine fisheries decreased by 4.1%, according to new research published in the March issue of the journal Science. Moreover, according to the same research study, some of the largest fish-producing ecoregions are experiencing losses of up to 35%. That decrease over eight decades may sound insignificant, but […]

The Average American Uses 3 Rolls of Toilet Paper Each Week—And It’s Devastating Forests

A new report on paper use says Americans are flushing away Canadian forests. Stand.earth and the National Resources Defense Council just released a report describing the “tree-to-toilet” pipeline, concluding that “[t]he consequences for Indigenous Peoples, treasured wildlife, and the global climate are devastating.” The U.S. consumes more toilet paper than any other country, almost three […]