USA – GBRI
 

This summer, California passed a new law – Assembly Bill No. 619 – that allows diners to bring in their own reusable containers to restaurants and offers a procedure to restaurants for refilling them. Although the new law does not force restaurants to accept reusable containers, it does clarify the guidelines for how to deal with them. […]

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The growth in international trade and tourism has also brought with it around 450 overseas pests that are wreaking havoc on the forests in the US. These pests damage or feed on trees and have put almost 40% of the forests in the country under risk of getting destroyed. These tree-damaging pests have already destroyed swathes […]

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Recently, the Wall Street Journal reported that the number of snakebite cases have reached record levels in North Carolina, Georgia and Texas – places where copperhead rattlesnakes are found in abundance. Around 2,118 snakebite cases were recorded in the area, an increase of 83 over the previous year. In Florida, where the eastern coral snake and the cottonmouth […]

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On Monday, Washington DC received a month’s worth of rain in just a few hours, causing a flooding emergency that left commuters in hazardous conditions. Roads turned into rivers and basements into pools as the torrential rains overwhelmed the city’s storm-water system. The record-setting cloudburst unleashed four inches of water in a single hour, way […]

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Bodega Head, a small headland on the northern California bay, witnessed some unusual scenes this June. Scores of dead mussels on the rocks, their shells gaping and scorched, their meats thoroughly cooked. This is attributed to a record breaking heatwave that is currently gripping California. Similar mass mussel deaths also occurred at various beaches across roughly 140 […]

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Finally, the falling cost of renewables in the US and a drastic drop in the popularity of coal have led to the renewables generating more electricity than coal for the first time ever in the month of April. According to government sources, wind and solar generated 23% of electricity in April against coal’s 20%. April […]

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Usually, people have two options when it comes to what they want to do with their body after death – cremation or burial. Now with Washington becoming the first US state to legalize human body composting, people there have a third alternative. The bill, signed by Governor and climate-focused presidential candidate Jay Inslee, would allow […]

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