Small-scale fishers won a recent victory when countries in and around the Indian Ocean voted to temporarily ban certain kinds of industrial fishing gear that have decimated tuna populations. Under the three-month moratorium, the Indian Ocean will be off-limits to “fish-aggregating devices,” a category of industrial fishing gear that includes large walls of netting designed to catch an entire school of fish.
The outdoor retailer REI announced that it will ban hazardous “forever chemicals” from all its clothing and cookware by fall 2024. REI’s new product standards will require its suppliers to eliminate all per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, from the pots, pans, shoes, bags, packs, and similar gear sold by the retail chain. Suppliers of heavy-duty apparel will have until 2026 to make those products PFAS-free.
A new poll, released last week, shows that two-thirds of voters in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming want their region to transition to 100 percent clean energy within the next decade and a half. And nearly 70 percent of voters would rather see public lands conserved than given over to fossil fuel development.