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  • Canada is banning single-use plastics, including grocery bags and straws

    06/22/2022 8:56:34 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 48 replies
    CNBC ^ | PUBLISHED TUE, JUN 21 20222:48 PM EDT - UPDATED TUE, JUN 21 20224:00 PM EDT | Emma Newburger
    KEY POINTS: Canada is banning the manufacture and importation of single-use plastics by the end of the year, the government announced on Monday, in a major effort to combat plastic waste and address climate change. The ban includes checkout bags, cutlery, straws and food-service ware made from or containing plastics that are hard to recycle, with a few exceptions for medical reasons. It will come into effect in December 2022, and the sale of those plastic items will be prohibited as of December 2023, the government said. Restaurants and grocery stores worry about a supply of alternative products as the...
  • Ford’s Mustang Mach-E Profit Wiped Out by Commodity Costs

    06/16/2022 10:08:39 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 42 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | June 15, 2022 | Keith Naughton
    Ford Motor Co.’s hot-selling Mustang Mach-E electric SUV and other plug-in models are being rendered unprofitable by rising raw material costs. “We actually had a positive bottom line profit when we launched the Mach-E, commodity costs have wiped that out,” Chief Financial Officer John Lawler said Wednesday at the Deutsche Bank Global Automotive Conference, referring to 2020, when the vehicle went on sale. “You’re going to see pressure on the bottom line when we launch our EVs, they’re not going to be positive.”
  • Americans Are Using Plastic To Make Ends Meet As Prices Continue To Rise

    05/12/2022 11:58:26 AM PDT · by blam · 38 replies
    Zubu Brothers ^ | 5-12-2022 | Via
    Americans are feeling the pinch of inflation. Wages are up but consumers are worse off. Average hourly earnings have risen by 5.5% over the last year. But factoring in rising costs, real earnings are down 2.6%. So, how are Americans making ends meet? They’re charging it. Consumer debt continues to climb at a staggering rate. Total consumer debt rose by $52.4 billion in March, a 14% increase according to the latest data released by the Federal Reserve. Outstanding consumer debt now stands at $4.54 trillion. The Federal Reserve consumer debt figures include credit card debt, student loans and auto loans,...
  • Disease-causing parasites could be pouring into oceans and infecting wildlife and humans after hitching a ride on MICROPLASTICS

    04/26/2022 7:41:45 AM PDT · by algore · 19 replies
    Disease-causing parasites could be pouring into oceans and infecting humans and wildlife after hitching a ride on microplastics, a new study warns. In lab tests, California experts found three different pathogens adhere to surfaces of microplastics – tiny plastic pieces under 0.2 of an inch (5mm) in diameter. These pathogens form a biofilm – a slimy layer made from a community of microbes – making them ultra-resilient to any rough waters. By 'hitchhiking' on microplastics, harmful microbes can disperse throughout the ocean, reaching places a land parasite would normally never be found. This can ultimately lead to fish and seafood...
  • Plastics Used in Face Masks Have Been Found in Patients’ Lungs

    04/25/2022 1:56:00 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 34 replies ^ | APRIL 25, 2022 | RHODA WILSON
    Microplastic fibres were found deep in the lower lungs of living human beings in almost every person sampled in a recent study by scientists at Hull York Medical School, UK.The study, ‘Detection of microplastics in human lung tissue using μFTIR spectroscopy’, published on 29 March 2022 discovered microplastic particles – present in many Covid masks – in the lung tissue of 11 out of 13 patients undergoing surgery.Polypropylene (“PP”) and polyethylene terephthalate (“PET”) were the most prevalent substances present in the lungs. Detection of microplastics in human lung tissue using μFTIR spectroscopy Some of the microscopic plastic fragments and fibres...
  • Coal On Track To Break Records Despite Efforts To Curb Production

    12/22/2021 11:26:58 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 13 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | December 22, 2021, 12:00 PM | Editor
    Coal production is set to hit an all-time high according to the International Energy Agency (IEA) despite the curbing of production across several countries and aims for decarbonization following COP26. Coal demand has continued to increase through 2021 mainly due to the needs of large Asian countries that still rely on the fossil fuel, as well as gas shortages forcing European states to shift back to coal. Coal has experienced a dramatic rebound this year, with production levels set to hit an all-time high in 2021 and demand levels to peak in 2022. Even after worldwide power generation from coal...
  • U.S. credit card use returning to pre-pandemic patterns, NY Fed report finds

    11/10/2021 5:16:51 PM PST · by dynachrome · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11-9-21 | Jonnelle Marte
    U.S. consumers are spending more and ramping up credit card balances, reversing a shift during the COVID-19 crisis, when they scaled back spending and substantially paid down debt, a Federal Reserve Bank of New York report showedon Tuesday. After rising by $17 billion in both the second and third quarters, credit card use appears to be returning to pre-pandemic patterns, the researchers said. However, balances were still $123 billion lower than at the end of 2019, according to the quarterly report on household debt and credit. "As pandemic relief efforts wind down, we are beginning to see the reversal of...
  • Is ‘The Ocean Cleanup’ A Major Fail For Partners Maersk And Coca-Cola?

    09/17/2021 10:18:49 AM PDT · by texas booster · 22 replies
    GCaptain ^ | Sept 16 2021 | Gloria Dickie
    Docked at a Canadian port, crew members returned from a test run of the Ocean Cleanup’s system to rid the Pacific of plastic trash were thrilled by the meager results — even as marine scientists and other ocean experts doubted the effort could succeed. The non-profit, launched in 2013 amid buoyant media coverage, hopes to clear 90% of floating plastic from the world’s oceans by 2040. But the group’s own best-case scenario — still likely years away — envisions removing 20,000 tonnes a year from the North Pacific, a small fraction of the roughly 11 million tonnes of plastic flowing...
  • Most-populous Virginia county approves tax on plastic bags

    09/15/2021 9:44:11 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/15/2021 | OLAFIMIHAN OSHIN
    The board of supervisors in Fairfax County, Va., voted Tuesday to impose a 5-cent tax on plastic bags used at grocery stores, convenience stores and drugstores. The measure, passed in a 9-1 vote, takes effect Jan. 1. The new tax will not apply in certain situations, such as bags used for dry cleaning, prescription drugs, garbage, pet waste and leaf removal. Revenue raised by the tax will help fund environmental cleanup and litter mitigation programs in the state.
  • Senate Democrats Consider National Plastic Tax to Help Pay for $3.5 Trillion Budget Resolution

    09/06/2021 5:44:16 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 57 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 09/06/2021 | Katherine Hamilton
    Senate Democrats are considering several ways to tax Americans in order to pay for their leftist wishlist, otherwise known as the $3.5 trillion budget resolution. According to a four-page document obtained by NBC News, one of the ways Democrats propose to pay for their wildly expensive plan, which includes carveouts for a civilian climate corps, universal pre-K, and other woke legislation, is through a “plastics excise tax
  • It Turns Out All Those Plastic COVID Barriers Might Have Made Things Worse

    08/19/2021 9:43:56 PM PDT · by lightman · 20 replies ^ | Spencer Brown
    They were elementary and homemade at first before becoming commercialized and mass-produced, but plastic dividers became as commonplace during the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic as the paper masks that now litter city streets. Put up with the aim of blocking droplets from the noses and mouths of the COVID-infected among us, they became a sort of virtue signal for businesses to show that they cared about the safety of their customers and employees. Plastic dividers popped up to separate Uber drivers from their passengers, supermarket cashiers from customers, students from teachers, and virtually every place there used to be unimpeded face-to-face...
  • It Turns Out Those Plastic Barriers Put Up To Stop COVID-19 May Actually Make It Easier To Spread

    08/19/2021 5:50:40 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 44 replies ^ | August 19, 2021 | DYLAN HOUSMAN
    [H/T CheshireTheCat ]The plastic barriers that shot up at sales counters and order windows across America during the COVID-19 pandemic may actually be facilitating the spread of the virus, not protecting people from it.Multiple studies have now shown that the plastic barriers, common everywhere from grocery stores to restaurants to schools, impede air flow and redirect germs from one person to another. Several experts told The New York Times that, in many cases, the barriers provide no protection from COVID-19 and instead make it more likely to spread.Robby Soave on Twitter: "More pandemic theater: The plastic barriers are worse than...
  • 1.6 billion disposable masks entered the ocean in 2020 and will take 450 years to biodegrade

    07/30/2021 4:10:32 PM PDT · by george76 · 43 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | July 30, 2021 | Bevan Hurley
    An estimated 1.6 billion disposable masks wound up in the ocean in 2020, creating a vast pile of floating plastic waste and threatening marine life across the planet. ... The throwaway masks sent 5500 metric tonnes of plastic into the oceans, which will take up to 450 years to biodegrade ... In China, an estimated 450 million disposable masks were manufactured every day during the height of the pandemic in April 2020. The looming environmental catastrophe prompted one French ecologist to warn last year: “Soon there will be more masks than jellyfish.”
  • Takeout will look different in 2024: Colorado bans plastic bags and Styrofoam, creates bag fee

    07/07/2021 7:53:31 AM PDT · by dware · 50 replies ^ | 07.07.2021 | Lanie Lee Cook
    DENVER (KDVR) — Single-use plastic bags and Styrofoam takeout containers will eventually be a thing of the past in Colorado after Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill to phase them out. The Plastic Pollution Reduction Act goes into full effect in 2024. Polis signed the law on Tuesday after Colorado Democrats passed the bill without any Republican support. The measure also repeals a pre-emptive law that bars local governments from passing stronger plastics restrictions than the state’s.
  • China's Plastic Waste Mountain the Biggest in the World: Study

    05/25/2021 5:34:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    AsiaOne ^ | Cheryl Heng | MAY 22, 2021
    AsiaOne has launched EarthOne, a new section dedicated to environmental issues — because we love the planet and we believe science. Find articles like this there. China is the biggest generator of plastic waste, with one-fifth of the world's single-use plastic coming from the country in 2019, according to an Australian study. In its inaugural Plastic Waste Makers Index published on Tuesday, the Perth-based Minderoo Foundation said just 20 companies contributed half of the world's single-use plastic items thrown away yearly. And a quarter of those were firms headquartered in mainland China. "China is the world's most populous country. So...
  • Plastic Pollution: Chinese Scientists Identify Polythene-Eating Bacteria

    05/05/2021 4:51:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    AsiaOne ^ | MAY 02, 2021 | Cheryl Heng
    Chinese scientists say they have identified a blend of marine bacteria that appears capable of breaking down polythene, one of the most ubiquitous plastics on the planet and source of much of the pollution in the world's oceans. While the plastic-eating qualities of bacteria are already well known to the scientific community, the research by the Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences in Qingdao, east China's Shandong province, is the first to establish a direct link to polythene (PE). In the study, which was published in the Journal of Hazardous Materials on April 23, a team led by Sun...
  • ‘Million Maskless March’ Planned For South Florida To Protest For Face Freedom

    03/29/2021 7:01:07 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    National File ^ | March 29, 2021 | Patrick How ley
    Mask Burning Will Commence In Cooperation With Law Enforcement... American freedom lovers will gather in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on Saturday April 10 to protest for Face Freedom... “You are invited to the Million Maskless March and Mask Burning, Saturday April 10, 2021 at 3pm at the Corner of A1A and Las Olas in Ft Lauderdale!,” writes protest organizer Chris Nelson, who has organized viral flash mobs at chain stores that re-popularized Twisted Sister’s protest anthem “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” “April 10 marks one year of mask tyranny in Broward County and we will mark that date with a celebration...
  • To Help Save the Planet, Coca-Cola Tries out a New Bottle - Made of Paper

    02/14/2021 10:08:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 118 replies
    Red ^ | February 14, 2021 | Alex Parker
    Have you been unfortunate fortunate enough to try a paper straw? Being on the West Coast, I’ve had the pleasure. Many, many times. For those of you yet to partake, you’ll love it — assuming you have the digestive system of a goat. As for function, the straw pulls double duty. For the first 4 minutes, it allows you to swallow liquid. At 4:01 and beyond — in my experience — it feeds you a paper stick. MMMmmmMMM good.Apropos, Coca-Cola’s about to try a paper bottle. From The Daily Wire: Coca-Cola plans to do a test-run of 2,000 paper bottles...
  • Lebron James in Plastic Wrap

    08/01/2020 7:47:25 AM PDT · by wbarmy · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | 8/1/2020 | wbarmy
    Lebron James does interview to CNN wrapped in plastic wrap.
  • Plastic dust is blowing into U.S. national parks—more than 1000 tons each year

    06/19/2020 11:01:11 AM PDT · by SJackson · 29 replies
    Science mag ^ | Jun. 11, 2020 | Erik Stokstad
    Remote wilderness areas and national parks in the western United States are getting a dusting of plastic every year, perhaps 1000 tons or more, according to a new study. Up to one-quarter of the microscopic pieces of plastic—which come from carpets, clothing, and even spray paint—may originate in storms passing over nearby cities, whereas the rest likely comes from farther flung locations. The findings, the first to tease apart geographic origins, add to mounting evidence that such microplastic pollution is common worldwide. “We created something that won’t go away,” says Janice Brahney, a biogeochemist at Utah State University and lead...