Study Finds New Reason to Ban Plastic: It Emits Methane in the Sun

The proliferation of plastic pollution has led to concerns over its impact on marine life and human health as the toxins it absorbs and emits move up the food chain. Now, a new study reveals yet another potential plastic hazard: It releases greenhouse gasses. The study, published in PLOS One …

Australia Takes Stand on Single-Use Plastic Bags

Single-use plastic bags are going out of style in Australia, but shoppers aren’t thrilled by the reduction. Two major retailers, Big W and Coles, have officially ended the use of plastic shopping bags from their stores. The move effectively outlaws their use in nearly every Australian state. After Tasmania and …

Hawaii Bans Use of Toxic Pesticide Chlorpyrifos

In a win for public health, Hawaii Governor David Ige signed a bill banning the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos, which has been linked to increased risk of learning disabilities, lower IQs, developmental delays, and behavior problems in children. “Hawaii is showing the Trump administration that the states will stand …

Hawaii Becomes First US State to Ban Sunscreens Harmful to Coral Reefs

Coral reefs and sunshine keep tourists flocking to Hawaii but add sunscreen to that holiday mix and the result can be serious damage to the marine environment that makes the islands so attractive to visitors in the first place. This week Hawaii took action on the issue, passing a bill …

More Americans Are Working From Home — And It’s Better for the Environment

There’s no doubting the transformative power of technology. Advances in tech have led to new and improved entertainment experiences, from allowing us to stream our favorite shows on-demand to immersing us in virtual worlds. They’re changing how we earn a living by making it easier to work remotely, and now, …

SOLAR IMPULSE: A Plane That Went around the World Only by Using Solar Power

Tour the planet by plane without consuming a liter of fuel? Everyone would say it was impossible. But not two enthusiasts, fans of flying and renewable energy sources – Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg On March 9, 2015, ABB, a leader in the power and automation market, proudly saw off the …

The Road To 100%: Meeting Hawaii’s Clean Energy Goals

At the GreenBiz Verge Honolulu last week (formally the Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit), I had the opportunity to connect with the renewables and sustainability community from across the state (and beyond). The event ‘welcomes those seeking to seize the renewable energy opportunity’ and the diverse crowd included government, military, …