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Honolulu City Council backs bill to ban plastic bags at store, restaurant checkouts

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Honolulu City Council backs bill to ban plastic bags at store, restaurant checkouts

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They drift about on trade winds, marring Hawaii’s landscapes and posing threats to marine life. Floating plastic bags can kill marine animals, such as green sea turtles (hono) that become entangled or ingest the ...

New UK strategy looks to reduce costs of offshore wind power

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New UK strategy looks to reduce costs of offshore wind power

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A new strategy to co-ordinate links to offshore wind farms has been published which could reduce the cost of connections by up to £3.5 billion. Energy regulator Ofgem and the Department of Energy and Climate Cha...

Flying less is more, say businesses – WWF

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Flying less is more, say businesses – WWF

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New research published today by WWF suggests that, following the recession, businesses are making a permanent commitment to fly less. Nearly half of UK businesses said that they had cut business flights over the...

Hong Kong bans trawling to save fish stocks

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Hong Kong bans trawling to save fish stocks

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Hong Kong has banned trawl fishing in its waters, a decision welcomed by conservationists Friday as a crucial move to save fish stocks and revive the city's depleted marine environment. The measure, which is exp...

Japan nuclear power expansion plans abandoned

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Japan nuclear power expansion plans abandoned

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Japan is to abandon plans to expand its nuclear power industry and make renewables a key part of its energy policy, the prime minister, Naoto Kan, said as the country marked two months since the tsunami disaster. A...

Mobile Wind Turbine Could Provide Portable Power On-Call

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Mobile Wind Turbine Could Provide Portable Power On-Call

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The problem with wind farms is that they’re stuck wherever they’ve been stationed. Granted, they’ve been installed in areas that benefit from high wind activity, but what if you had a portable wind farm...

UK universities urged to pull cash from fossil fuel giants

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UK universities urged to pull cash from fossil fuel giants

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Anti-carbon divestment campaign targets £5bn of British funds An international campaign to urge large institutions to dump fossil fuel investments reaches the UK this week, following rapid success in the US. Th...

The US solar industry is wrapping up its most successful year ever!

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The US solar industry is wrapping up its most successful year ever!

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The solar industry is wrapping up its most successful year ever. Solar is now the fastest growing energy industry in the U.S., employing nearly 100,000 Americans and generating billions of dollars of economic growt...

Oxfam Unwrapped: Charity launches online shop for ethical weddings

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Oxfam Unwrapped: Charity launches online shop for ethical weddings

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Oxfam is launching its first online wedding shop, offering couples an ethical choice for their big day with the added comfort of shopping from home. Oxfam Unwrapped wedding lists were launched in 2007 and have rais...

Serengeti road cancelled

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Serengeti road cancelled

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In what is a victory for environmentalists, scientists, tourism, and the largest land migration on Earth, the Tanzanian government has cancelled a road that would have cut through the northern portion of the Sereng...

Discovery gives hope for efficient, flexible, inexpensive plastic solar cells

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Discovery gives hope for efficient, flexible, inexpensive plastic solar cells

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Silicon-based solar cells, by far the most prevalent type of solar cell available today, might provide clean, green energy but they are bulky, rigid and expensive to produce. Organic (carbon-based) semiconductors ar...

One group Obama’s kept his promises to: Native Americans

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One group Obama’s kept his promises to: Native Americans

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WASHINGTON — Speaking to 500 people representing 320 tribes, President Barack Obama pledged last month that he wouldn't forget his campaign trail promise to give native communities a greater voice in the White Hous...

Cheap and quick green roofs

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Cheap and quick green roofs

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Rooftop rain gardens are relatively inexpensive and can hold large amounts of water. And if the authorities accept a recommendation by an expert panel on floods to mandate that all buildings have these green roofs, ...

Experts, Activists Debate How to Improve Africa’s Soil

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Experts, Activists Debate How to Improve Africa’s Soil

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As experts gather in The Hague this week for a Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change, a major issue concerning Africa is the importance of the continent's soil. Experts differ on the...

POSCO, Samsung Electronics among world’s most sustainable corporations

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POSCO, Samsung Electronics among world’s most sustainable corporations

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Steel giant POSCO and Samsung Electronics ranked 30th and 73rd, respectively, on the latest Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations list. Canadian magazine “Corporate Knights” announced the results at the Davos Forum...

In Europe, Greener Transit on Existing Infrastructure

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In Europe, Greener Transit on Existing Infrastructure

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Vienna is employing some old-fashioned technology to run shiny new electric buses wending their way through the narrow inner-city streets. The Austrian capital is switching from buses powered by liquefied petrole...

Google Invests In Human-Powered Monorail System!

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Google Invests In Human-Powered Monorail System!

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In response to global demand for innovations in public transportation, Google has pledged $1 million to a New Zealand company with an elevated opinion of urban commuting.

Genetically Modified Fungus Could Fight Malaria, Reduce DDT Use

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Genetically Modified Fungus Could Fight Malaria, Reduce DDT Use

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LONDON -- In a cramped London laboratory filled with test tubes, bacteria and mosquitoes, scientists are trying to engineer a new weapon in the battle against malaria: a mutant fungus. For years, Angray Kang at W...

Solar Panels To Be Installed On ‘Roof of the World’

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Solar Panels To Be Installed On ‘Roof of the World’

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The installation will generate decades of clean electricity for thousands of residents of the Tibetan Plateau. Chek Kang village in the Sangri County, Shannan Prefecture, Tibet, will soon be home to one of the high...

Sustainable Development Goals – Sustainable Textiles Conference

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Sustainable Development Goals – Sustainable Textiles Conference

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Big news has been rolling out of the Textile Exchange 2017 Textile Sustainability Conference near Washington, D.C. this week, providing evidence of the major paradigm shift taking place in the apparel and textile indu...