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Another Major City Bans Plastic Shopping Bags

Another Major City Bans Plastic Shopping Bags | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it
Chicago has become the latest U.S. city to approve a ban on plastic shopping bags.

The City Council voted overwhelmingly in favor of a partial plastic bag ban in Chicago on Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune reports. The proposal was backed by Mayor R...

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California, Chicago.... While Texas contemplates the legality of bag fees. Which city in the Houston region will be the first? Houston, Pasadena, Pearland, Sugar Land, Baytown, League City?

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Kathy Dowsett's curator insight, May 1, 2014 8:33 PM

Thumbs up---wish other cities would ban them as well!

Gordon McGlone's curator insight, May 2, 2014 8:08 AM

Plastic bags will become a thing of the past very soon; it can be done and more governments are showing the courage to take a stand.

Maria Loughran's curator insight, May 18, 2015 6:05 PM

Needs to be nation-wide.

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News about the environment in the Houston region. Air Quality, Water Quality, Parks, Open Space, the Built Environment, Recycling, Solid Waste, Transportation Planning, Pollution...
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These Tragic Photos Reveal a Forest Dying From Rising Sea Level

These Tragic Photos Reveal a Forest Dying From Rising Sea Level | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it
Bare trunks of dead coastal forests are being discovered up and down the mid-Atlantic coastline, killed by the advance of rising seas.
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The Great Denmark To Become A 100% Organic Country

The Danish government has announced that it will convert the entire country's agriculture into organic farming and sustainable.
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Bhutan is also in the running. And one state in India has already accomplished this.

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An American tragedy: why are millions of trees dying across the country?

An American tragedy: why are millions of trees dying across the country? | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it
A quiet crisis playing out in US forests as huge numbers of trees succumb to drought, disease, insects and wildfire – much of it driven by climate change
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Bald Eagles, Bald Eagle Pictures, Bald Eagle Facts - National Geographic

Bald Eagles, Bald Eagle Pictures, Bald Eagle Facts - National Geographic | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it
Learn all you wanted to know about bald eagles with pictures, videos, photos, facts, and news from National Geographic.
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Houston's ozone level improves, but still poor

Houston's ozone level improves, but still poor | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it
HOUSTON - Houston is almost through the sweltering heat and along with cooler weather - would you believe, cleaner air?
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Lawmakers Probe Tax Incentives Received by Solar-Energy Firms … – Wall Street Journal

Lawmakers Probe Tax Incentives Received by Solar-Energy Firms … – Wall Street Journal | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it
ENLARGE Congressional investigators are examining the use of tax incentives for solar-power companies, third-party financing and how the companies determine the value of the credits.
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Climate Change Uncovers Our Past | CitizenSci

Climate Change Uncovers Our Past | CitizenSci | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it
When we think about climate change, we usually picture extreme temperatures, mega-storms, and rising seas disrupting our collective future. But climate change is also erasing our past.
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Yale St.’s Middle-Aged Trees Just Got More Expensive To Chop Down | Swamplot

Yale St.’s Middle-Aged Trees Just Got More Expensive To Chop Down | Swamplot | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it
Now that the petitioning and voting on the matter has wrapped up, The Houston Heights Association and Trees for Houston had a party this weekend to celebrate
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Recent Progress Further Strengthens Clean Power Plan Outlook

As the D.C. Circuit prepares to hear challengers’ arguments, the Clean Power Plan goals have become even more achievable as the electricity sector is already shifting to clean energy.
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Texas looks GREAT on the wind map, but only so-so on the solar map. Are we going to change the solar map?

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ASLA Launches Guide to Resilient Design

ASLA Launches Guide to Resilient Design | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it
A new online guide launched today by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) explains how communities can better protect themselves from natural disasters through resilient landscape planning and design.
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petition: Demand an End to Production and Use of Styrofoam Food Service Containers in Texas

petition: Demand an End to Production and Use of Styrofoam Food Service Containers in Texas | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it
It's time to stop choosing what is convenient only for us and to began caring about the life we are... (545 signatures on petition)
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CEC received a very nice request from a 9th grader in Garland, Texas, to share this petition. One of the targets is Houston's Mayor Turner, we're sharing the petition.

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What Houston needs: less parking, more parks

What Houston needs: less parking, more parks | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it
For PARK(ing) Day, metered on-street parking spaces are occupied and transformed into tiny parks. In Houston, the response isn't always positive.
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With The First All-Organic State, India Soars Ahead Of The US

With The First All-Organic State, India Soars Ahead Of The US | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it
India's Sikkim state now boasts 100 percent organic certification. Can America follow suit?
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Katy Prairie Conservancy Earns National Recognition | The Katy News

Katy Prairie Conservancy Earns National Recognition | The Katy News | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it
The Katy Prairie Conservancy (KPC), a nonprofit land trust dedicated to preserving an ecologically vital tallgrass prairie and associated wetlands on Houston’s far west side, today announced it has been accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. This is a mark of distinction in land conservation and signifies the Commission’s confidence that KPC is managed in an effective and efficient manner and that its lands will be protected forever.

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American Robin

American Robin | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it
Learn how to identify American Robin, its life history, cool facts, sounds and calls, and watch videos.
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The Houston Furniture Bank – Off the Kuff

The Houston Furniture Bank – Off the Kuff | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it
Get to know them, they do great work. [Oli] Mohammed, a native of Bangladesh who has devoted his life to helping the poor, came to Houston after several years of working with refugees in Kenya.
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Bank Of America Touts Going Green But Funnels Billions Into Fossil Fuels – Huffington Post

Bank Of America Touts Going Green But Funnels Billions Into Fossil Fuels – Huffington Post | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it
NEW YORK ― Bank of America said Monday it will power 100 percent of its operations with clean energy in the next four years, making it the latest big bank promising to aggressively shrink its carbon footprint.
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Landmark legislation continues to protect migratory birds

Landmark legislation continues to protect migratory birds | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it
The act prohibited such depredations as killing, capturing or selling migratory birds and banned taking, destroying or selling any parts of the birds, including feathers, nests and eggs.
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Arctic Summer Sea Ice - Going Down, Down, Down

Arctic Summer Sea Ice - Going Down, Down, Down | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it
New studies reinforce that the summer retreats in Arctic sea ice of late are far greater than any since least 1850, but the path to an open Arctic Ocean remains murky.
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How Digital Tracking of Rogue Fishing Can Safeguard Vast Ocean Reserves

How Digital Tracking of Rogue Fishing Can Safeguard Vast Ocean Reserves | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it
It’s one thing to expand marine reserves and another to protect them. Now an online tool for tracking global fishing fleets is on the case.
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What if there was no Clean Air Act in Houston?

Just over 40 years ago the U.S. government passed a federal law regulating atmospheric emissions – the Clean Air Act. Without it, the air we breathe today would be very different. Rather than stretching up into a clear blue skyline, U.S. cities would be polluted with smog, limiting visibility and posing a public health risk to everyone exposed to it.

AIR POLLUTION IN U.S. CITIES

To determine what pollution concentration levels would be like today if the Clean Air Act was not enforced and no action were taken to reduce air pollution levels, we used an equation.* The formula converted the concentration of particles in the air to visibility in miles and adjusted for impurity levels from China’s most polluted city, Xingtai, to American cities (according to population).

 

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13 National Parks Threatened by Energy Transmission

13 National Parks Threatened by Energy Transmission | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it
13 National Parks Threatened by Energy Transmission
Pressure to expand electric and fossil fuel transmission infrastructure has increased as a result of growing energy demands and greater resource extraction ability. Transmission lines, oil and gas pipelines, and other projects are being proposed across the country, sometimes, as crazy as it sounds, right through national parks.
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Environmental Groups Worry if Houston Can Limit Oil Drilling Near Drinking Water Source | Houston Public Media

Environmental Groups Worry if Houston Can Limit Oil Drilling Near Drinking Water Source | Houston Public Media | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it
The groups are meeting with people concerned about oil drilling near the shores of Lake Houston.
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