California becomes the first state to ban animal-tested cosmetics

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A new California law banning the sale of animal tested cosmetics is the first of its kind in the United States. The California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act was signed by California Governor Jerry Brown on Friday soon after its inception by colleague and fellow Democrat Senator Cathleen Galgiani. The newly adopted regulations will go into effect Jan. 1, 2020 restricting manufacturers wishing to “import for profit, sell, or offer for sale” all cosmetics produced with animal testing. Violators will incur… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



The Science Place becomes Australias first new LEED Gold-rated educational building

James Cook University’s The Science Place recently earned the distinction of becoming Australia’s first educational building to achieve a prestigious LEED Gold rating. Designed by HASSELL, the sustainable building with state-of-the-art facilities brings together the university’s chemistry, biochemistry and biology research cohorts under one roof. The Science Place also recovered and recycled 96% of all the previous building materials—a new record for a Townsville development of its size.

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Balkrishna (B.V.) Doshi becomes the first Indian architect to win the Pritzker Prize

The winner of the 2018 Pritzker Prize was just announced. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Researchers find sunscreen becomes toxic when exposed to chlorine

Before spending time outdoors in the summer, most people are quick to reach for a sunscreen. While common wisdom tells one this is the right thing to do, new research reveals that slathering on sunscreen before swimming in a chlorinated pool can result in the concoction becoming toxic. In fact, chlorine mixed with suncream has been found to result in kidney and liver dysfunctions, as well as nervous system disorders.

The study was conducted by Lomonosov Moscow State University and… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

California officially becomes the first state to ban plastic bags

 

If you’re looking to make environmental lemonade out of the giant lemon that was this week’s presidential election, you can look toward California where citizens have voted in favor of a law that will ban plastic shopping bags throughout the state. The measure makes the state the first in the union to ban the bag.

According to Ballotpedia, the California Plastic Bag Veto Referendum (Proposition 67) was approved by voters on Nov. 8 approved by a narrow margin of 51.97% in… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Norway becomes the first country in world to commit to a zero deforestation supply chain

Norway has become the first country in the world to commit to zero deforestation in the government’s public procurement policy. The Norwegian parliament’s Standing Committee on Energy and the Environment made the pledge in a recommendation on the government’s Action Plan on Nature Diversity. The committee requested that the government “impose requirements to ensure that public procurements do not contribute to deforestation of the rainforest.”

The committee also requested… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

California Becomes the Fourth State with a Death with Dignity Statute

In a historic decision today, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the End of Life Option Act into law!

With the Governor’s signature, thirty-nine million Californians joined the residents of Oregon, Washington, and Vermont in having the option, should they be terminally ill with less than 6 months to live, to end their lives in a humane and dignified manner.

Please join us in signing this Thank You card to the Governor for his compassionate decision.

The enormity of our victory cannot be understated. Not only have the months of our work crafting the bill, campaigning and strategizing with the sponsors in the California Senate and Assembly paid off, all qualified West Coast residents now have the option to die with dignity. We’ve achieved monumental progress for all Americans who want the freedom to make their own end-of-life decisions.

The Governor’s decision is certain to reverberate across the nation. You’ll be hearing from us about that in the coming weeks as more remains to be done in California to ensure smooth implementation of the law and even more in 46 additional states that do not have a Death with Dignity law. For now, please join us in celebrating freedom winning the day.

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California Becomes the Fourth State with a Death with Dignity Law

In a historic decision today, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the End of Life Option Act into law!

With the Governor’s signature, thirty-nine million Californians joined the residents of Oregon, Washington, and Vermont in having the option, should they be terminally ill with less than 6 months to live, to end their lives in a humane and dignified manner.

Please join us in signing this Thank You card to the Governor for his compassionate decision.

The enormity of our victory cannot be understated. Not only have the months of our work crafting the bill, campaigning and strategizing with the sponsors in the California Senate and Assembly paid off, all qualified West Coast residents now have the option to die with dignity. We’ve achieved monumental progress for all Americans who want the freedom to make their own end-of-life decisions.

The Governor’s decision is certain to reverberate across the nation. You’ll be hearing from us about that in the coming weeks as more remains to be done in California to ensure smooth implementation of the law and even more in 46 additional states that do not have a Death with Dignity law. For now, please join us in celebrating freedom winning the day.

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Vermont Becomes the 3rd State with a Death with Dignity Law

With Governor Shumlin's signature on May 20, 2013, Vermont became the third state in the nation with a Death with Dignity law–the first one to be enacted through a legislative process and first of its kind on the east coast.

This historic accomplishment was the culmination of over ten years of work by our partners in the state, Patient Choices Vermont, and their president Dick Walters has diligently led the way the entire time. Over the years, many experts on Oregon's law traveled to Vermont to help lawmakers and voters learn more about these important laws, and one of these experts was George Eighmey who serves on the Death with Dignity National Center board of directors and, for 12 years, helped terminally ill Oregonians navigate Oregon's Death with Dignity law.

Melissa Barber from Death with Dignity National Center had the opportunity recently to chat with Dick Walters and George Eighmey about the impact of Vermont's new law allowing for Death with Dignity. Listen to the entire interview below.

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