Plastic straws are a thing of the past, but which reusable straw is best for the future?

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The days where plastic straw wrappers litter the counter tops of restaurants, coffee shops and fast food joins are nearing their end. With several governments like Australia and the United Kingdom banning and taxing single-use plastic items and companies like Starbucks, Disney and Hyatt taking their own environmental stand by rejecting any further distribution of plastic straws, sustainable and reusable varieties of the pipettes have been popping up all over the marketplace.

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The world’s CO2 emissions have not increased in the past three years

Worldwide greenhouse gas emissions flatlined three years ago and a new report shows 2016 has continued the trend. The findings have been met with both cautious optimism and concern about a changing tide as next year ushers in US president-elect Donald Trump, who has vowed to back out of the Paris Agreement and thinks climate change is a hoax invented by the Chinese.

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Turning Cemeteries for the Dead into Parks for the Living

by Peter Harnik
A second excerpt from the recently released book published by Island Press called Urban Green: Innovative Parks for Resurgent Cities. In this post, we look at cemeteries used as parks and some best practices.
In the past, before official parks came into being, cemeteries were the principal manicured greenspaces for cities – most famously [...]
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