Sep 18, 2019

Facebook issues ban on plastic water bottles in new offices

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Facebook announced on Wednesday a ban on single-use plastic water bottles at its new global offices, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The state of play: This appears to be the largest ban from a private employer, impacting the company's roughly 40,000 employees. The Big Tech company will instead offer water-filling stations in its employee cafeterias in Burlingame, San Francisco, Fremont and Sunnyvale, California, and will install filling stations in its existing Menlo Park headquarters.

What they're saying:

"It's really about us thinking about our sustainability goals ... and being a good corporate steward."
— Juan Salazar, Facebook's director of local policy and community engagement
  • Activists argue plastic water bottles are wasteful and increase pollution through both repeated production and disposal.

Of note: The ban comes just 1 month after San Francisco International Airport banned single-use plastic bottles as well.

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Trump: EPA to hit San Francisco with violations notice over homeless crisis

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President Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One Wednesday night that the Environmental Protection Agency will issue a notice to San Francisco declaring it has committed environmental violations because of its homeless crisis.

Details: Per pool reporter Peter Baker, Trump said the EPA would serve the city of San Francisco with a notice because there was "tremendous" pollution flowing into the ocean because of waste in storm sewers, specifically citing used needles. 

Go deeperArrowSep 19, 2019

The water crisis cities don't see coming

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Aging water treatment systems, failing pipes and a slew of unregulated contaminants threaten to undermine water quality in U.S. cities of all sizes.

Why it matters: There's arguably nothing more important to human survival than access to clean drinking water.

Go deeperArrowOct 16, 2019

Caltech receives $750 million for climate research

Lynda (L) and Stewart (R) Resnick own the Wonderful Company, which is home to Fiji Water, Pom Wonderful, Wonderful Pistachios and Teleflora. Photo: Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Turner

Billionaires Stewart and Lynda Resnick will be donating $750 million to the California Institute of Technology to build a research center and support projects focusing on combating climate change, reports the New York Times.

Why it matters: This is the second largest gift to an American university in history.

Go deeperArrowSep 26, 2019