The world's toughest law banning plastic bags has come into effect in Kenya. Anyone caught manufacturing, importing or even carrying plastic shopping bags could face up to four years in prison.
Texas' criminal justice department has banned more than 10,000 book titles from state prisons. However, Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" and two titles by former Ku Klux Klan chief David Duke are supposedly fine.
Tunisia and Kenya recently joined the ranks of African countries banning the use of plastic bags - but poor waste management and a mentality of littering make the prospect of a plastic waste-free society unrealistic.
Styrofoam pollution is a serious problem in Zimbabwe. The government is set to ban the ubiquitous material for use in food containers and to promote greener alternatives. But not everyone is happy with the move.
More and more human rights advocates are paying the ultimate price for their activism. Many are threatened and harassed. For years, the situation of human rights advocates has been growing worse.
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