How a gas car ban could fail in California

The state must prod 10 million people to buy clean cars and install thousands of charging stations within a decade to start phasing out gas-fueled vehicles in 2035, auto experts said.
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Plastic Pollution

New York is banning plastic bags – but will the rest of the US follow suit before it's too late?

Six state bag bans passed in 2019, many of which will go into effect this year, and more are advancing in legislatures across the country in places like Colorado and Maryland, plus an unprecedented federal plastics bill proposed in Congress in February.


Some worry if New York's coming plastic bag ban is enough

New York retailers have begun giving up single-use plastic bags as the state prepares for the March 1 implementation of a ban aimed at reducing pollution, but many of those who support a move away from plastic are worried the new law doesn't go far enough.


Trump squeezes Thailand in trade row over chemicals ban

Southeast Asia's second-largest economy suspended an imminent move to ban three agrochemicals over safety fears. The Donald Trump administration, however, knew how to hit Thailand where it hurts.


Fracking ban: The best case for and against one

Fracking has helped reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But it also keeps us dependent on fossil fuels.

The polluting end of tourism: Environmentalist pushes for cruise ship ban in Vancouver harbour

An environmentalist is calling for a ban on cruise ships coming into Vancouver's harbour, saying the impact the vessels have on our ecosystem is criminal.

Paris bans nearly 3 million vehicles during weekdays in effort to crack down on pollution

Paris is instituting a policy that will prevent nearly 3 million cars from being driven in France’s capital during weekdays.
Plastic Pollution

Japan to ban free plastic bags at stores to fight marine pollution

Japan plans to make it mandatory to charge for plastic shopping bags at supermarkets, convenience stores, drugstores and department stores as the country combats marine pollution by plastic waste.


France to ban widely used crop fungicide over health concerns

France’s health and safety regulator has decided to ban a widely used crop fungicide after classifying it as a so-called endocrine disruptor posing risks for humans and the environment.

California bans farm pesticide chlorpyrifos

California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration Wednesday said it plans to ban chlorpyrifos, a widely-used farm pesticide. The chemical has been linked to neurological problems.

California to ban controversial pesticide, citing effects on child brain development

A federal court also has ordered the EPA to ban chlorpyrifos, but the Trump administration has appealed the ruling.

Maine becomes first state in America to ban single-use styrofoam containers

The measure was hailed by environmental groups, which called the products "unnecessary" and harmful to the planet.

Pollution "scrubbers" on ships keep the air cleaner - but they can make the water dirtier

A growing number of environmentalists are warning that "scrubbers" increasingly used to clean dirty cargo ship fuel and improve air quality are discharging pollutants into the sea.

Plastic Pollution

Mayor Bill de Blasio bans New York City agencies from buying single-use plastics

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order Thursday to exchange single-use plastics for compostable or recyclable alternatives the city.
Plastic Pollution

Florida legislative committee does flip-flop on plastic straw ban

A Florida Senate committee approved a bill that, instead of taking aim at plastic straw use, puts a five-year moratorium on locally enacted bans on plastic straws. Environmentalists cry foul.
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Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

Hunter-donated meat provides crucial protein to US food banks. But an EHN investigation found a lack of oversight that could result in potentially hundreds of thousands of lead-contaminated meals this year.

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