September 23, 2020

Royal Caribbean joins IKEA, says it will eventually eliminate plastic straws

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By Maria LaMagna From Market Watch Consumers and lawmakers are calling for the reduction in the use of plastic. When faced with paper or plastic, more businesses and their customers are saying, “Paper.” The cruise line Royal Caribbean RCL, -0.88%  announced Friday it will stop using plastic straws by the end of 2018. Guests who […]

Officials: GMO mosquitoes aren’t ‘Drugs,’ need EPA oversight

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AP From WLRN U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials say genetically modified mosquitoes are not “drugs” and should be regulated by environmental authorities. According to guidelines posted online Wednesday, federal officials have decided that mosquitoes engineered by the biotech firm Oxitec will be regulated from now on by the Environmental Protection Agency. The guidelines clarify […]

Terminix offering $87M to family sickened by Industrial pesticide during Caribbean vacation

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By Mary Beth Quirk From Consumerist The Delaware family that was sickened by toxic pesticide during their stay in a luxury condo in the Caribbean last year could be getting $87 million from Terminix as part of a proposed settlement. Terminix’s parent company has reached a tentative agreement to shell out $87 million to the […]

Plants bought from major U.S. stores are killing bees

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By Marina Koren for National Journal From Mashable Gardens may give flowers and plants life, but they can also be a death sentence for its most frequent visitors: bees. Plants sold at major retail nurseries are often treated with pesticides harmful to bees, according to a report released Wednesday by the Pesticide Research Institute and […]

Greenhouse gas ruling gives EPA leeway to regulate

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Marcia Coyle, from supreme court brief Five years ago, environmentalists endured their worst term in decades, suffering a stunning 0-5 outcome in the U.S. Supreme Court. This term, they are 2-1 and victorious on the most pressing of their issues: greenhouse gas pollutants. The justices on Monday handed the Obama administration its second major, if […]

The Editor Speaks: Smoke

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Further to my Editorial on Monday (17) regarding the dump fire and the smoke from it that made me feel nauseous, I received a number of comments this morning in my email inbox, all agreeing with me. One was from the United Kingdom where the writer states, “If this happened in the UK the smoke, […]