Just 7% of Cities Score ‘A’-Grade on Going Green

A total of 43 cities have scored an ‘A’ rating in a new climate-action ranking published by CDP. This means around only 7% of the 596 cities assessed scored top marks based on how effectively they are measuring and tackling greenhouse gas emissions, as well as adapting to the risks …

Cities Around the World Lay the Groundwork for a Zero-Waste Future

Cities around the world are pledging to reduce waste over the next 12 years in an effort to curb global warming and eventually become zero-waste cities. During the Global Climate Action Summit, the C40 announced a new initiative that encourages cities to eliminate waste production and end the practice of …

19 Global Cities Commit to Make New Buildings Net-Zero by 2030

The world’s most iconic skylines are going green. Nineteen city leaders from the C40 coalition signed the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Declaration on Thursday to ensure all new buildings operate with a neutral carbon footprint by 2030. The mayors of Copenhagen, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York City, Newburyport, …

Starbucks to Ditch Plastic Straws Globally by 2020 to Help Environment

Starbucks will eliminate plastic straws from its stores globally by 2020, in a nod to the growing push for businesses to be more environmentally friendly. The Seattle-based company said on Monday it will instead use straws made from other materials, and lids designed not to need straws. McDonald’s also recently …

Lithium-Ion Batteries Are Fast Becoming the Worlds New Oil

For an energy source that’s been around for three decades, the lithium-ion battery is only just hitting its stride. It’s worked its way up from primitive cellular phones to cameras and laptops before entering everyone’s pockets inside smartphones. But only now that the electric car has arrived is this energy …

Uber to Boost EV Network With Driver Incentives

 Uber launched a new program to increase access to electric vehicles for drivers and riders, the company announced Tuesday. The “EV Champions Initiative” offers financial incentives to some EV drivers; an in-app feature that alerts EV drivers of trips lasting 30 minutes or more to help combat fears of range …

These Toxic Chemicals in Food Packaging Are Getting Into Your Meals

On a busy weeknight, takeout and fast food are easy dinner time solutions. But your family’s favorite on-the-go meal may come with a side of toxic fluorinated chemicals. Per- and polyfluoralkyl substances, or PFAS, are a family of greaseproof, waterproof and nonstick industrial compounds. They’re used in hundreds of consumer …