Diesel Pollution Stunts Children’s Lung Growth, Major Study Shows

Pollution from diesel vehicles is stunting the growth of children’s lungs, leaving them damaged for life, a major study has found. The research, conducted with more than 2,000 school children in London, is the first such study in a city where diesel pollution is a significant factor, and has implications …

Why Are Wildfires Getting Worse?

California is currently in the grips of its deadliest wildfire while two others rage, in what has been its worst wildfire year on record. The Camp wildfire in the north of the US state has burned through more than 50,000 hectares and is the most deadly in California’s history. The …

Taxing Carbon May Sound Like a Good Idea But Does It Work?

Exxon Mobil is backing a proposal to tax oil, gas and coal companies for the carbon they emit and redistribute the money raised that way to all Americans. It’s also giving a group urging Washington to enact a tax on carbon US$1 million to advocate for this policy. The carbon …

California Becomes First State to Regulate Plastic Straws

California became the first state in the U.S. to ban plastic straws in dine-in restaurants Thursday when Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation to that effect, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The law, which will enter into force Jan. 1, prohibits restaurants from providing straws unless a customer requests one. It covers only sit-down …

US Wind Energy Gusts Past 7GW of New Capacity Last Year

The US wind industry installed more than 7GW of capacity last year, bringing total utility-scale wind capacity across the nation to to nearly 89GW. That’s according to new statistics from the US Department of Energy (DoE), which show $11 billion (£8.6bn) was invested in the sector as technology costs and …

Baby Food Tests Find 68 Percent Contain ‘Worrisome’ Levels of Heavy Metals

Testing published by Consumer Reports (CR) Thursday found “concerning levels” of toxic metals in popular U.S. baby and toddler food. The consumer advocacy group tested 50 nationally-distributed, packaged foods designed for toddlers and babies for mercury, cadmium, arsenic and lead. They found that every product they tested had measurable amounts …

After Plastic Straws, Are Balloons Next To Go?

We get it. Balloons are fun and make great decorations. But we hate to burst your bubble—balloons can be a big problem when they are deliberately released into the environment. The litter is not only a blight on landscapes, waterways, trees and power lines, but balloons and balloon strings can …