While national leadership on climate change and pollution is essential, we’re witnessing more and more the ways in which local and state leaders are stepping up to take action on environmental challenges. Progressive policies and forward-thinking technology are being experimented with on a sub-national level. Just this week, 3 stories have stood out about local […]Continue Reading 566 words
As the LA Times recently reported, this year, an administrative trial in Washington state could dictate whether the Makah tribe can resume hunting gray whales. The Makah, who live in Washington’s Olympic Peninsula have asked the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for a waiver from the Marine Mammal Protection Act so they can restart their […]Continue Reading 571 words
We had so many chuckles yesterday — with Senator Lee and his GND posters, not to mention all the hilarious responses — but this tweet humorously reminded us to look up, and stop and see the cherry trees. Nothing means spring in DC like these delicate pink flowers breaking out everywhere. So, by all means […]Continue Reading 125 words
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Great news for the Southern Resident Killer Whale population in Washington state whose numbers had been dwindling in recent years. Whale L77 has a new calf, known now as L124, which was born in the last few weeks. The Seattle PI reported that this new baby brings the population’s number to 75, but the Center for […]Continue Reading 149 words
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On Tuesday, the City of San Diego became the latest U.S. city to ban the use of styrofoam within city limits. The ban covers the use and distribution some very common products like egg cartons, food containers, coolers, ice chests, pool or beach toys, mooring buoys and navigation markers made fully or partially of polystyrene foam, commonly known as styrofoam. Other major cities like New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis and Washington, D.C. also now have styrofoam bans in effect.
Why This Matters: Styrofoam needs to go. The new replacements are better for the planet and completely recyclable. For example, TemperPack’s “ClimaCell” packaging produces 97% less carbon emissions in the manufacturing process than styrofoam and will replace tens of millions of pounds of plastic foam that would otherwise be dumped in landfills and never biodegrade. Good for the economy and good for mother earth. Good for these cities for taking this bold action.Continue Reading 370 words