New York City is considering implementing a $0.05 fee on plastic bags. This bit of legislation has the majority support by one vote, and could be signed on May 5th. Should they do it? You decide. The Facts Every year, less than 5% of the 100 billion discarded plastic bags are recycled in the US. These bags litter land and water, causing harm to marine… Read More Do Plastic Bag Fees Work?
We usually justify our claims to mitigate climate change, to preserve nature, and to consume fewer resources by talking about the rights of future generations. We typically refer to the Brundtland Commission’s definition of sustainable development (“development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs“), which… Read More Do We Have an Obligation to Protect the Environment for Future Generations?
Now that spring’s here and the sun is shining, trees are budding left and right to bring a bit more color to our daily lives. This week- if not every week- I encourage you to stop, “smell the flowers”, and give a little praise to our vegetative friends. To pay tribute to the awesome plants in our lives, I’ll be… Read More Tribute to Plants: Urban “Infrastructure” to Manage Stormwater
Since the publication of Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation in 1975, the animal rights movement has boomed in the United States. A large portion of the modern movement has focused on attacking industrialized livestock farming (i.e., factory farming). Although there have been many improvements in the industry since its onset about 50 years ago, the animal rights movement… Read More Reshaping the Movement: A Look at Animal Rights and Factory Farming in the United States
Recently, a New Jersey General Assembly committee voted in favor of the”Smart Container Act,” which has been hotly debated in the state for decades. This Act would impose a $0.10 deposit on juice, soda, sports drinks, water, beer, and wine containers 24 oz and smaller and a $0.20 deposit on larger ones. This fee is imposed at time… Read More Should NJ Implement a Beverage Container Redemption Law?
Do you dream of shredding powder, live for the challenge of climbing a tough pitch, or love taking risks navigating class III rapids? Or do you prefer basking in the sunshine, learning the natural history of your surroundings, hiking through pine tree forests, frolicking through wildflowers, or enjoying the serenity of canoeing on a lake?… Read More The Top 20 U.S. Colleges For Outdoor Adventurers
This presidential race has been laughable at best. (Honestly, some kids created a Cards-Against-Humanity spinoff to poke fun at the 2016 election.) But I cannot avoid the Donald Trump conversation any longer, as he has clinched some pretty big victories, causing Rubio to drop out of the race.The prospect of Trump becoming the next U.S.… Read More What Voting Republican Might Mean for the Environment