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  • Hong Kong has major pollution issues. In fact, 1 in 5 residents are considering leaving the city due to poor air quality, which would leave the local economy in disarray. And just last year air pollution reached it worst levels ever. But, the city has yet to introduce new air quality standards; from the AFP.
  • South Australia has put the kibosh on plastic shopping bags. Even 100% degradable plastic bags are out! As of May 4 retailers using any form of plastic bags will be fined $5,000 AUD and if bag suppliers try to peddle shopping bags to retailers, they could face fines of $20,000 AUD; from TreeHugger.

Japan Only Produces 40% of the Food it Consumes...

Japan’s got a problem. They import 60% of their food. Leaving local farmers in the dust, but that’s just part of the problem. The food they’re importing is bad. The Japanese used to eat a lot of fish and vegetables, but now they’re consuming more meat, fat and oil, giving way to an unhealthy population.

So, Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is imploring citizens to reexamine their lifestyle and make smarter choices. Saying if people demand more vegetables and return to their dietary roots, this will help enliven the struggling agricultural community and improve health, i.e. restoring balance.

And it must be a good idea. Because all the little people in the video are bopping to the music!

Via EarthFirst.

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  • Toronto has gone hardcore against plastic. No more water bottles at city hall and an eventual city-wide ban in 2 years. Then starting in June they’ll be a 5 cent fee on plastic shopping bags. And by 2011, hard plastic takeout food containers will be banned too; GreenSpace investigates.
  • Barack Obama plans on making the Whitehouse green. After he takes office he will sit down with the chief usher of the presidential mansion and discuss its energy efficiency. He’s doing it because it wants to show the country that going green is not hard; from the Associated Press

England Must Grow More Fruit...

Britain imports 90% of its fruit. That’s a problem. As world oil production peaks (i.e. transportation) and populations grow, England could be choked out of the market for fresh fruits and vegetables. Authorities insist only a domestic farming revolution can save England from possible food shortages; The Guardian reports.

Maybe lifting the ban on ugly fruits and vegetables will help!