Norway refuses to drill for billions of barrels of oil in Arctic, leaving ‘whole industry surprised

The largest party in Norway’s parliament has delivered a significant blow to the country’s huge oil industry after withdrawing support for explorative drilling off the Lofoten islands in the Arctic, which are considered a natural wonder. The move, by the opposition Labour party, creates a large parliamentary majority against oil exploration in the sensitive offshore area, illustrating growing opposition to the polluting fossil fuel, which has made the country one of the world’s most affluent. Read the full article:


Polystyrene foam is often mistakenly referred to as Styrofoam, is one of the most damaging kinds of single-use plastics for the environment. According to Cleveland State University, polystyrene foam is carcinogenic, non-recyclable, and takes over million years to decompose. Check out the full article:

Plastic Bags to Be Banned in New York; Second Statewide Ban, After California

New York State lawmakers have agreed to impose a statewide ban on most types of single-use plastic bags from retail sales, changing a way of life for millions of New Yorkers as legislators seek to curb an unsightly and omnipresent source of litter. The plan, proposed a year ago by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, would be the second statewide ban, after California, which banned bags in 2016. Hawaii also effectively has a ban in place, since all the state’s counties bar such single-use bags. Read the full article:


Just months on from the major supermarkets sensational plastic bag ban one retail industry group estimates 1.5 billion bags have been eliminated from use. Check it out:


Ocean positivism! “Oceana thanks the court for requiring the federal government to use better science and take stronger action to protect dusky sharks in U.S. waters. It’s outrageous that this important shark has been overfished for nearly two decades due to the government’s inaction, ignoring its responsibilities under the law,” said Oceana campaign director Whitney Webber. “Thousands of sharks are incidentally caught and killed in fishing gear every year. It’s clear we need serious changes in fishing regulations to help rebuild these vulnerable sharks, including requiring hard bycatch caps, so fishing activity stops once a limit is reached.” Read the full article:

Everything you've been told about plastic is wrong – the answer isn't recycling

Recycling is an easy cop-out for governments and large corporations, but the truth is that we have to take very different action if we want to stop irreversibly poisoning the planet. Keep reading:

Sea Shepherd Discovers Dead Dolphins Stockpiled in French Coastal Town

While mutilated dolphin corpses continue to wash up by the hundreds on France’s Atlantic Coast as bycatch of the offshore fishing industry, Sea Shepherd's on-shore teams have discovered a stockpile of dead dolphins in Les Sables d'Olonne where the bodies collected on its beaches each week are dumped before sending them to a rendering plant. Full article here:

Violent battle playing out to save the last 22 vaquitas, the world's most endangered porpoise

"If we stop operations, the vaquita will go extinct," said Sea Shepherd first mate Jack Hutton. "It's just out here removing nets, if we stop removing them then there's no hope for the vaquita." Check it out:

A Shocking Campaign Uses Graphic Images To Point Out The Damage That Plastic Pollution Has On The Oc

You might not think using one plastic fork on your lunch break could cause a dramatic impact on the globe but if you imagine all 7.7 billion people do that as well – the picture is quite terrifying. To put it simply we are drowning in plastic. On the bright side, it seems like lately more people are interested in saving our planet simply because more people are aware of environmental threats and the fact that we are a big part of the problem. All the inspiring stories of positive environmental movements worldwide, including the viral #trashtag challenge, inspire us to join the fight for a brighter future.

Bioplastics could be "just as bad if not worse" for the planet than fossil-fuel plastics

Bioplastics could potentially be worse for the environment than conventional plastics, according to recycling expert Arthur Huang. Switching to plastic made from plants instead of fossil fuels would require vast amounts of farmland, Huang said. This could cause environmental problems and deprive humans of food. Learn more about it:

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