July 22, 2019, 2pm PDT
On Tuesday night, the City Council of Berkeley, Calif., unanimously voted to ban natural gas infrastructure from new buildings starting next year, the first city in the U.S. to pass such an ordinance. Fifty cities in the state could be next.
January 4, 2019, 2pm PST
Thanks to two recent New York State court rulings, disposable food and beverage containers will no longer be made from polystyrene in the nation's largest city. The ban was originally proposed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in February 2013.
August 26, 2018, 11am PDT
Think "The Graduate," but now the emphasis in the future of plastics may be on restrictions. California may become the first state to restrict access to plastic straws, and balloons could be next due to the harm they cause the marine environment.
July 6, 2018, 10am PDT
Seattle's ban took effect Sunday, while San Franciso's proposed legislation, if successful, would begin July 1, 2019. Other cities have plastic straw restrictions, but Seattle's is the first outright ban. Compostable alternatives are permitted.
May 18, 2018, 11am PDT
Shipping coal from Utah to export to Asia through a new cargo facility in Oakland, California took a significant step forward on May 15 with a strongly worded ruling condemning the adequacy of the city of Oakland's environmental analysis.
January 12, 2017, 2pm PST
There is plenty of debate surrounding a proposed law that would prohibit adults from entering city-owned playgrounds unless in the company of children.
July 3, 2016, 7am PDT
The City Council in Oakland, California took its first, substantive steps toward banning the handling and storage of coal in the city.
March 6, 2015, 7am PST
The sledding ban on Capitol Hill was too much for Washington, D.C. residents to bear. They brought wintertime fun to Congress on yesterday's snow day.
January 11, 2015, 9am PST
Cities simply can't afford the lawsuits that follow sledding injuries. Time will tell how strictly such laws are enforced.
December 9, 2013, 2pm PST
Did anyone think the final month of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's third, and final, term was going to wind down quietly? After taking on cigarettes, sodas, and trans fats, Bloomberg is going after plastic-foam food containers.
August 4, 2010, 12pm PDT
The city of Baldwin Park, California -- purported home of the world's first drive-thru -- is temporarily banning any new construction of drive-thrus to try to combat obesity.
The Christian Science Monitor
August 1, 2010, 9am PDT
The city has hundreds of houseboats on its waterways, but new shoreline regulations could prohibit any new houseboats.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
January 21, 2010, 11am PST
Certain fertilizers will be banned from use during summer months and rainy times of the year in Pinellas County, Florida after a recent ruling by the County Commission.
October 13, 2009, 11am PDT
Community activists are calling for a ban on new convenience stores in South Los Angeles, a lower income part of town that saw a ban on new fast food restaurants last year.