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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Scientists pledge to sequence the DNA of all 1.5 million known species on Earth

An international group of researchers is organizing a massive effort to sequence the DNA of every single one of the 1.5 million species on Earth. The Earth BioGenome project is the largest genome sequencing project ever, and will help scientists understand and protect the plants, animals and fungi that call our planet home.

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Four major cities pledge to ban diesel cars by 2025

Many large cities grapple with air pollution, and now four of the world’s largest metropolises are taking a stand. Paris, Madrid, Mexico City, and Athens pledged to ban diesel cars by 2025 at the C40 Mayors Summit ending today in Mexico City. They urged car manufacturers to take action as well, and also said they’d provide incentives for people to walk, bike, or drive alternative cars in their cities. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building