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Faced with a worldwide 52% decline in wildlife numbers over 40 years, Paul Jepson calls for action, not despondency. A new, inclusive vision of how to conserve and rebuild biodiversity is needed - that embraces diverse solutions, engages new technologies, inspires a new generation of leaders, and echoes the call of the wild.
(NaturalNews) All the disinformation being spread about Ebola by the U.S. government and the complicit mass media will unfortunately make the Ebola pandemic far worse. That's because the public isn't being told the truth about how Ebola spreads and how individuals can help prevent...
(NaturalNews) In a bid to contain the rapidly escalating Ebola epidemic, Sierra Leone recently instituted a three-day quarantine during which time the nation's residents were told to stay at home to avoid infection. But as we reported, this mandatory lockdown resulted in major food...
(NaturalNews) Unless the world acts immediately to stem the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the epidemic could last for years to come, warned an official from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at a September 16 Senate hearing."If we do not act now to...
How was this not planned in advance? Ebola vaccine magically ready for human trials in weeks, not years
(NaturalNews) More proof that the West African Ebola crisis is a total fraud lies in a newly proposed Ebola vaccine that just so conveniently awaits human trials in a matter of weeks, not years. Researchers at Oxford University in the UK are ready to begin testing the vaccine, which...
(NaturalNews) Women who eat two or more servings of fish per week are significantly less likely to suffer from hearing loss, according to a study conducted by researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition on September 10...
Switching from cars to public transportation could save the world $100 trillion and reduce pollution by 40%
(NaturalNews) Rising carbon dioxide emissions generated by vehicles has contributed to an epidemic that's resulted in widespread sickness and death across the U.S.America isn't the only nation suffering; cities all over the world are experiencing decreased air quality due to pollution...
(NaturalNews) In a recent blog I wrote about the importance of magnesium for the nervous system. It was inspired by several emails from readers who shared their experiences. I also quoted from my book, The Magnesium Miracle about the work of Dr. Lewis B. Barnett, former head of the...
(NaturalNews) With the official death count from Ebola now nearing 3,000, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging all airlines, both foreign and domestic, to keep a close eye on passengers who might be ill with the disease. The agency says that all bodily...
Livestock industry's antibiotic use protected by court ruling claiming there isn't an 'official' finding of health risk
(NaturalNews) Three years ago, an environmental advocacy group sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over their approval of the risky use of human antibiotics in animal feed.The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a New York City-based non-profit group, argued...
(NaturalNews) Warts are a non-cancerous growth on the skin caused by the human papillomavirus. It is believed that children and teens are more commonly afflicted than adults due to frequent scrapes and tears in the skin that allow the virus to gain a foothold. People with immunodeficiency...
(NaturalNews) Now that Ebola "patient zero" has been confirmed in the United States, it's clear that Ebola is spreading far beyond the control of any government or health department. Just weeks ago, President Obama promised Ebola wouldn't arrive in the United States, but now it's...
(NaturalNews) The CDC today confirmed the worst fears of many Americans who have been carefully monitoring the Ebola outbreak: the virus is now in America.A yet-unnamed patient in the Dallas Presbyterian Hospital is definitely confirmed to have carried Ebola into the United States...
California Governor Jerry Brown today signed legislation enacting the nation’s first statewide ban of single-use plastic shopping bags.“Forty years ago there were no plastic grocery bags; four years from now, we’ll forget there ever were,”
~ Mark Murry, Executive Director of Californians Against Waste
Senate Bill 270 by State Senators Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Huntington Park/Long Beach), became the first plastic bag ban approved by a state legislature in the nation in late August. The bill takes effect July 1, 2015.
“California policy makers have made a clear statement in enacting the bag ban: Producers are responsible for the end of life impacts of their products,” said Mark Murray, Executive Director of Californians Against Waste, the bill’s sponsor. “If a product is too costly to society and the environment, California is prepared to move to eliminate it.”
Currently, 127 cities and counties in the state have adopted a local bag ordinance, covering 36% of the population. SB 270 provides a uniform, statewide solution to the rest of the state, modeled after the local ordinances already in place and successfully implemented.
“For nearly 10 million Californians, life without plastic grocery bags is already a reality,” said Murray, who has been working on the issue for over a decade at both the local and statewide level. “Bag bans reduce plastic pollution and waste, lower bag costs at grocery stores, and now we’re seeing job growth in California at facilities that produce better alternatives.”
For the plastic bag, introduced in the 1970s and now ubiquitous in our streets and creeks, its lightweight and easily airborne characteristics made it problematic even when thrown away in a trash can or garbage truck.
Environmental groups and local government advocates overcame fierce lobbying by out-of-state plastic bag manufacturers, led by South Carolina-based Hilex Poly.
“California policy makers spent a great deal of time debating the merits of this issue over the last several months,” said Murray. “In the end, it was the reports of overwhelming success of this policy at the local level that overcame the political attacks and misinformation from out-of-state plastic bag makers.”
This issue began at the grass roots in San Francisco and Santa Monica in 2007. It has been a top priority for local environmental and community groups, and the bill is now supported by a diverse group of stakeholders, including grocers, retailers, food workers, waste haulers, local governments, and several in-state bag reusable bag makers.
SB 270 prohibits grocery stores, drugstores, and convenience stores from distributing single-use plastic bags, going into effect first in large grocery stores in July of 2015. Stores can sell paper, durable reusable bags, and compostable bags with a minimum charge of 10 cents each. The 10 cent charge is to encourage consumers to bring their own reusable bags. The bill also seeks to protect and create green jobs by creating standards and incentives for plastic bag manufacturers to transition to making reusable bags.
“Forty years ago there were no plastic grocery bags; four years from now, we’ll forget there ever were,” said Murray.
The number of wild vertebrate animals has more than halved over the last 40 years, writes Hugh Warwick - a truly catastrophic rate of decline. Yet the BBC did not consider it important enough to ask the Prime Minister about yesterday morning. Step one to saving our wonderful wildlife - rekindle our love for the natural world.
Advocates pledged to keep fighting against water shutoffs in Detroit despite a federal judge's ruling Monday that he lacked authority to issue a restraining order against ending service to delinquent water customers.
The Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t do enough to stop hundreds of hazardous chemicals from getting into waterways via sewage plants, a watchdog report found.
TransCanada Corp. plans to repurpose a pipeline running through North Bay, Ont., from carrying natural gas to crude oil. Locals worry about potential environmental damage.
Victoria Trinko hasn't opened the windows of her Wisconsin home in two years -- for fear of the dust clouds billowing from a frac sand mine a half-mile away.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy came to New Orleans on Monday to ask 18,000 water and wastewater professionals for help in supporting the agency's controversial "Waters of the U.S." rule.