Austin passes law banning restaurants from throwing out food waste

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Restaurants in Austin, Texas have revamped operations this week by adopting sustainable measures for their food waste. According to a new law, which went into effect on Oct. 1, local eateries must now dispose of waste in a responsible manner as part of Austin’s Universal Recycling Ordinance (URO). The businesses are encouraged to chose from a variety of options including donating their unconsumed goods, sending leftovers to farms or composting organic waste in order to divert trash from landfills…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Rome is banning all oil-burning cars by 2024

Rome is jumping on the diesel-banning bandwagon after announcing plans to eliminate oil-burning cars within the city by 2024. That’s huge news, because about two-thirds of new cars sold last year in Italy were diesel, and Rome has struggled with poor air quality. The move comes on the heels of the court case in Germany that allows cities to ban diesel vehicles.

Rome is one of the most congested cities in Europe thanks to a constant stream of tourists on decidedly un-modern streets. Rome also… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The UN just passed a historic treaty banning nuclear weapons worldwide

Could world peace be on the horizon? Last Friday, a historic treaty imposing a total nuclear weapons ban was passed by the United Nations in an attempt to prevent WWIII from breaking out. The 10-page document, entitled Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, was inspired after the U.N. reopened discussion of a global nuclear ban in March of 2017, prompting 2,500 scientists from 7 countries to sign a petition urging nuclear disarmament. Now that the first-of-its-kind ban has passed, some are… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The UK is banning commercial fishing in over one million square kilometers of ocean

The UK announced it is designating an enormous amount of space located around a few of its British overseas territories as protected areas, ending commercial fishing around the islands and ensuring preservation of marine life in the area. Even better, two additional islands are expected to be granted protected status by 2020.

Pitcairn, located in the southern Pacific, will face an end to commercial fishing in its 840,000 sq km (320,000 sq mile) of space, making it one of the world’s… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building