California becomes the first state to completely ban plastic bags

This year, on election day, California voters approved a ballot measure to make their state a whole lot greener… Proposition 67, also known as the California Plastic Bag Veto Referendum, was approved by a 52%-48% margin, making single-use plastic bags illegal in all 58 California counties. The landmark referendum comes in the wake of two key preceding decisions: San Francisco’s…

Welcome to the street that grows its own food

Over the past decade, innovative community gardens and vertical farms have been popping up all over the planet, as our climate steadily becomes hotter and, in many areas, drier. But a suburb in Australia has taken things back to basics, turning their streets into an open-source garden that supplies the community with free fruit, vegetables, and herbs. Last year, the street produced…

Victoria to permanently ban fracking and coal seam gas exploration

Activists and farmers hail decision after inquiry into onshore unconventional gas received 1,600 submissions  Photograph: Tim Wimborne/Reuters Victoria is to introduce a permanent ban on all onshore unconventional gas exploration, including fracking and coal seam gas, becoming the first Australian state to do so. The premier, Daniel Andrews, made the announcement on Tuesday morning and said…

Germany unveils plans to use zero-emission trains to reduce pollution

There are more than 4,000 diesel-fueled trains in Germany, and they produce a lot of pollution. Since the German government has no immediate plans to switch those trains to electric-powered alternatives, Alstom Transport is acting on its own to make trains that run on sustainable energy. As part of that initiative, the France-based multinational corporation has just unveiled the world’s first zero-emissions train. The Coradia iLint will use…