Challenge Accepted: What’s Being Banned?

March 16, 2018

Hey Kids! This is a brand new section of Xyza called, “Challenge Accepted!” What’s this section all about? We’re sharing some pretty interesting news about the world and we thought it’d be fun for you to challenge your parents on their knowledge of world news.

This month’s challenge? What’s being banned around the world! At the start of the year, we reported that the United Kingdom banned the use of micro plastic beads that are oftentimes found in lotion, body wash, and other skin care products. The United Kingdom, however, isn’t the only place that is taking steps towards cleaning up the environment. Recently Germany’s top court issued a ruling that would allow cities to ban the sale of diesel cars. In Malibu, California, the mayor announced the ban of plastic straws.

So, what’s your challenge? Read more about these two recent bans below and then challenge your parents by asking them what they know about the diesel car and plastic straw ban. They might just be stumped! Take that opportunity to share what you know!

Germany: Diesel Cars

Santeri Viinamäki CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

This week, a top court in Germany issued a ruling that allowed cities to ban the use of diesel cars. Wait, ban an entire category of cars? What exactly did the ruling mean? Well, take Stuttgart, for example. It’s one of the most polluted cities in Germany, so Deutsche Umwelthilfe, a non-profit environmental organization, won a court ruling stating that diesel bans in Stuttgart were a clear step in curbing vehicle-related pollution. According to a recent study across six nations, diesel cars are more likely to produce nitrous oxides that create smog. 

Diesel cars are more likely to produce nitrogen oxides that create smog.

This ruling could set a precedent for other cities in Germany and perhaps even around the world! Car companies are unhappy, of course, because their sales of diesel cars might decline. There are currently around twelve million diesel cars in Germany.

Malibu, CA: Plastic Straws

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No more single-use plastic straws, stirrers, or cutlery! That’s right. Many environmental groups have been talking about the negative impact of straws and other plastic cutlery, but one city is taking things one step further: Malibu, California, is banning them altogether.

Malibu’s mayor said it was a step toward keeping its oceans and beaches clean. Is there an alternative? Well sure! Straws and cutlery that are made from paper, bamboo, and wood are a much better substitute, say city officials.