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Plastic Microbeads Banned: 9 states+4 multinationals

photo courtesy of 5gyres
photo courtesy of 5gyres

Public pressure can make a difference.  California is the latest state to ban plastic microbeads, and its law is probably the nation’s toughest. Environmentalists hope the legislation will become the model for a future U.S. statute. But even before California’s action, eight other states had adopted microbead bans that will take effect before California’s law. Additionally four multinational corporations, because of consumer duress, had committed to phasing out microbeads even sooner. Continue reading Plastic Microbeads Banned: 9 states+4 multinationals

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NYC bike share system doubling to 12,000 bikes

map courtesy of CitiBike
map courtesy of CitiBike

CitiBike, New York City’s bike share system, has opened over 90 new stations so far this year and plans to double its bikes, and more than double its stations, by the end of 2017. On the other U.S. coast, San Francisco’s Bay Area Bike Share is growing from 700 to 7,000 bicycles. Continue reading NYC bike share system doubling to 12,000 bikes

First U.S. 100% EV car-share service shifts into gear

photo courtesy of wibc.com
photo courtesy of wibc.com

You don’t typically think of Indianapolis, Indiana, USA as being in the same class as Paris and London. Nevertheless, in at least one respect, it is. Maybe Indy’s automobile heritage plays a role. The city is home to the Indianapolis 500, one of the world’s oldest and most well-know gasoline-powered car races. And now Indy is becoming a world leader in electric vehicle (EV) use. First, it created one of the world’s largest EV municipal car fleets. Now it just opened the first EV car-share system in the U.S. Continue reading First U.S. 100% EV car-share service shifts into gear

World’s largest oil & gas companies commit to reducing methane

photo courtesy of news.sciencemag.org
photo courtesy of news.sciencemag.org

Five of the 25-largest oil and gas companies in the world have committed to work to reduce methane emissions and share the lessons that they learn while doing so. They, along with the fifth largest U.S. natural gas producer and one of largest suppliers of liquefied natural gas (LNG) imported by the U.S., are members of the United Nation’s Climate & Clean Air Coalition Oil & Gas Methane Partnership (CCAP OGMP). Continue reading World’s largest oil & gas companies commit to reducing methane

Top 5 U.S. green-power users avoid CO2 = 785,000 households

chart by GN4N staff - for data sources see below
chart by GN4N staff – for data sources see below

More than 1,300 large U.S. electricity users, including 78 Fortune 500 companies, belong to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Partnership. Partners pledge to use, at a minimum, green power for a specified percentage of their electricity use. For members using the most electricity, program requirements mean that at least 3 million kWh of the electricity that they use each year be green power. Continue reading Top 5 U.S. green-power users avoid CO2 = 785,000 households