Should America Ban the Plastic Bag?

Plastic bag bans have been the subject of much debate in America recently as a number of states have taken on the challenge of finding solutions to the growing, unsightly problem of plastic pollution. In a thought provoking article featured on the New York Times, correspondent Elizabeth Rosenthal discusses the controversy surrounding banning plastic bags in New York City. For many other cities, such as Seattle, San Francisco, and Dublin, a bag ban or tax was a simple new measure to adapt to. With barely a bag in sight, Rosenthal writes, life goes on.

Clean Water Act at 40: Is it Failing to Meet New Pollution Challenges?

The Christian Science Monitor posted an article yesterday sharing a retrospective view of the Clean Water Act 40 years after its creation, and discussing the new challenges the legislation faces as science and laws develop and change with time. According to correspondant Richard Mertens, before the passing of the Clean Water Act in 1972, Lake Erie was considered a dead zone because of the severity of the pollution it experienced. The passage of the bill greatly improved the water quality, not just for Lake Erie but also for a number of other United States bodies of water.

The Battle to Ban Bags in America

An article on RIA Novosti recently has addressed the battle against plastic bags that America is currently engaged in, and discusses the fact that plastic bags have effectively become a symbol of excess in America. According to the article, which was written over the weekend, San Francisco's recent legislation to ban plastic bags has been one of the more noticable events amongst a growing number of towns looking to enact plastic bag bans. 

French BPA ban will 'jeopardise' US exports

By Mark Astley, Food Production Daily

A French ban on food packaging chemical Bisphenol-A (BPA) will “jeopardise” US exports to the European country, according to a US government report. The French proposed ban could affect US exports to the country. Frozen meat and seafood products, ...Read More.

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