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Climate and Sustainability September News Round-up

September 26, 2023

"This Spanish city has been restricting cars for 24 years. Here’s what we can learn from it"

Sept. 13, 2023

Could going car-free reinvigorate struggling American cities, particularly those in the Northeast and Midwest where many street grids predate the automobile? It’s an intriguing idea that has yet to be tested.

Read on Fast Company

"Are Tom's of Maine and Colgate toothpaste tubes really recyclable?"

Sept. 14, 2023

Truth in Advertising alleges the company’s claim that the tubes are recyclable — and its use of the recycling symbol on the packaging — are misleading. Because many recovery facilities in the United States don’t take them, in practice, the tubes are not recyclable, the group argues.

Read on the Washington Post Website (Subscription Required)

"How a mere 12% of Americans eat half the nation's beef, creating significant health and environmental impacts"

August 30, 2023

Half of the beef consumed daily in the United States is eaten by 12 percent of the nation’s population. These 12 percent of people are more likely to be between 50 and 65 years old and more likely to be men. Beef production is associated with high greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, producing 8 to 10 times more tons of GHGs per year than chicken. Dietary guidelines exposure can cause people to consume less beef, and the younger generation eats less beef and is more concerned about mitigating climate change.

Read on

"Mayor Brandon Johnson announces plans to address pollution burdens in Chicago’s environmental justice neighborhoods"

Sept. 18, 2023

Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson has pledged to undo the effects of redlining and racist zoning practices. These policies have disproportionately burdened Black and Latino neighborhoods with pollution and disease from major highways, toxic waste dumps and freight yards. The Johnson administration is beginning to consider the cumulative effects of pollution and to increase air quality monitoring throughout Chicago.

Read on the Chicago Tribune website

"US, Atlantic nations to cooperate on economic development, environmental protection"

Sept. 19, 2023

On September 18, the United States and over 30 other Atlantic countries launched the Partnership for Atlantic Cooperation to work together on economic development and environmental protection issues. The first phase of work done under the partnership will be sharing research and cooperating in the field of science.

Read on the Hill's website