Polystyrene foam: banned from New York | Photo: Creative Commons

Polystyrene foam has been banned from New York City. The substance will no longer be part of the daily lives of millions of NY citizens from July 1st, 2015.

It's over. New York will be the largest US city to ban plastic foam, in all its forms and shapes. Mayor Bill de Blasio believes the new rule will remove 30,000 tons of foam from waterways, streets and landfills.

"These products cause real environmental harm and have no place in New York City. We have better options, better alternatives, and if more cities across the country follow our lead and institute similar bans, those alternatives will soon become more plentiful and will cost less," underlined de Blasio.

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Plastic bags: getting more and more expensive | Photo: istolethetv/Creative Commons

In 2015, Portugal will implement a green tax reform that will dramatically raise the costs of plastic bags.

Portuguese consumers will have to change their daily habits, especially when buying in the supermarket chains. The local government is introducing new laws concerning the use of plastic bags.

For each bag, consumers will be forced to pay a special tax of 0.08 euros. All revenue raised will support nature conservation projects.

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Martin's Beach: owned by the people of the United States | Photo: Marcin Wichary/Creative Commons

Vinod Khosla is defying the laws of the United States. Despite being forced to open the gate blocking access to Martin's Beach, the co-founder of Sun Microsystems keeps the door locked.

In the early days of December, Judge Barbara Mallach ordered venture capitalist Khosla to open the gates to Martin's Beach, after four years of blocked access.

"That gate across Martins Beach Road must be unlocked and open to the same extent that it was unlocked and open at the time defendants purchased the property [2008]," Barbara Mallach wrote.

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