Germany bans single-use plastic straws, food containers

BERLIN (AP) — Germany is banning the sale of single-use plastic straws, cotton buds and food containers, bringing it in line with a European Union directive intended to reduce the amount of plastic ga...

Starbucks introducing plant-based food and drinks in China

Starbucks is introducing plant-based food and drinks in China as part of a decade-long effort to reduce the environmental impact of its offerings. The Seattle-based coffee chain on T...

Pandemic deals blow to plastic bag bans, plastic reduction

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Just weeks ago, cities and even states across the U.S. were busy banning straws, limiting takeout containers and mandating that shoppers bring reusable bags or pay a small fee as...

People over coral?: Florida could ban sunscreen bans

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Key West wants to protect the coral reefs that are vital to the southernmost city's economy. The Florida Legislature is saying not so fast. A year after Key ...

Taiwan wages war on single-use plastics

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan aims to cut its decades-long dependency on plastic by following the European Union (EU) and its European Green Deal (EGD), a circular economy strategy to realize su...

Mexico City plastic bag ban to take residents back in time

MEXICO CITY (AP) — For centuries, Mexico City residents brought warm tortillas home in reusable cloths or woven straw baskets, and toted others foods in conical rolls of paper, “ayate” mesh or net bag...

San Francisco cafes are banishing disposable coffee cups

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A new cafe culture is brewing in the San Francisco area, where a growing number of coffee houses are banishing paper to-go cups and replacing them with everything from glass jars ...

Plastic items most common waste in Taiwan's coastal area: group

Plastic items are the most frequently seen garbage on local beaches, accounting for 70 percent of marine debris in Taiwan in 2019, an environmental group said Thursday. Plastic bottle caps, PET bot...

Young priest confronts mysteries of past in Harris’ thriller

“The Second Sleep,” Alfred A. Knopf, by Robert Harris Christopher Fairfax is a newly ordained priest assigned by his bishop in 1468 to ride out to the isolated English village of Add...

Mandarin Oriental commits to eliminating single use plastic, across its luxury portfolio

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has pledged to eliminate all single-use plastic, across its entire portfolio of luxury hotels, by the end of March 2021. While the travel industry has already made gre...

California relishes role as liberal trendsetter, Trump foe

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Democrats who rule California took on homegrown tech giants Uber and Lyft over their workforces, convinced some of the world's biggest automakers to buck the president on...

How the past informs Trump's vision of America's future

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's vision of America's tomorrows looks much like its yesterdays. He loves "beautiful" coal. "Beautiful" warships. And "those four beautiful wo...

7-Eleven, FamilyMart to stop offering plastic straws in Taiwan on Sept. 11

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- In keeping with Taiwan's ban on single-use plastic straws, the country's largest convenience store chains 7-Eleven and FamilyMart are going to phase out plastic straws ...

Taiwan expands restrictions on single-use cutlery

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan will impose tougher restrictions on the use of single-use cutlery at department stores, shopping malls, and retailers, announced the Environmental Protection Admini...

Oyster seeding: A 'tangible, physical' way to help the water

OCEAN GATE, N.J. (AP) — Restoring oyster beds and helping keep the water clean isn't just for scientists and environmental groups anymore. Students, younger children and those with n...