Dominica makes historic pledge to combat plastic pollution

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Many countries enforcing harsher regulations on plastic production on use from special labeling to consumer taxation, but the island nation of Dominica is pulling ahead in the pack-ing race by announcing that it will ban styrofoam and common plastics by 2019. With less than five months left to go the heroic stand plans to eliminate the use of single-use items such as plastic straws, plates, forks and knives as well as styrofoam cups and containers effective this January.

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Brazil meets a major emissions goal two years ahead of schedule

Brazil has just announced that its 2017 greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation have been cut way below its 2020 goal. The internationally agreed climate change target was set during the 2009 Copenhagen Accord to combat climate change and entered into effect in November 2016 through the Paris Agreement. This past Thursday, Brazil’s Environment Ministry has reported that 610 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) were eliminated from deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest in 2017. This… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building