- 26 June 2013 | Environment
The US Congress is voting on a bill to dramatically expand offshore drilling in the country.
Effectively, this means new offshore drilling off every US coastline, including the states of California, Virginia, South Carolina, and Alaska.
The Offshore Energy and Jobs Act (HR 2231) would double the amount of drilling off the coasts by requiring the Department of the Interior to lease at least 50% of unleased acreage with the greatest resources.
- 25 June 2013 | Environment
History has been made. The city of Los Angeles has decided to ban plastic bags.
Victory never tasted so sweet. The City Council has voted 11 to 1 for the ordinance, which will go into effect in 2014. No more plastic bags in the Californian metropolis.
Shoppers can bring reusable bags or pay stores 10 cents per paper bag. The biggest city in the USA has taken a historic decision and may well influence others to follow the same step towards the future.
- 04 June 2013 | Environment
India has officially recognized dolphins as non-human persons and will no longer be used for commercial entertainment that involves the capture and confinement of the species.
India is the fourth country in the world to ban the capture and import of cetaceans for the purpose of commercial entertainment along with Costa Rica, Hungary, and Chile.
Research that established dolphins are highly intelligent and sensitive is what led India's government to the decision of shutting down dolphin parks across the country.