Plastic pollution: take-out food is littering the oceans – BBC News

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-57436143

…Writing in the journal Nature Sustainability, they suggest three possible strategies for tackling the problem:
  • Replace plastic in take-out food and drink with more-easily degradable materials
  • Bring in regulatory bans on plastic that can be avoided, such as bags
  • Consider deposit-refund schemes to encourage shoppers to return take-out products.

Beijing Power Players Poised To Pull Plug On Prospects To Go ‘All-Electric’ | PA Pundits – International

https://papundits.wordpress.com/2021/06/12/beijing-power-players-poised-to-pull-plug-on-prospects-to-go-all-electric/

Feckless far-left fantasies of trading away the 80% of American fossil-fueled energy independence and prosperity for technologies that are 80% dependent on China rare earth materials makes for a gullible green new deal that only Beijing beneficiaries can love.

Included are 17 indispensable metals including lithium, that will be needed to supply those so-called green “technologies to decarbonize industry and power.”

Such 21st Century technologies are used in the manufacture of domestic and strategic military airplanes, computers and smart phones; electricity generation and transmission systems; advanced weapon guidance systems; and yes, those solar panels, wind turbines, and batteries for utility-scale energy storage and electric vehicles (EVs).

Why is there a mouse plague in Australia and can it be stopped? – ABC News

https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2021-06-11/mouse-plague-australia-why-it-happens-and-can-it-be-stopped/100195082

…The mouse plague has been caused by a “perfect storm”
of optimal weather conditions for breeding and the end of the 2017 to
2019 drought.

The mice first appeared in the spring of 2020 when farmers were harvesting a bumper crop…

Sign Petition: Corporations made us swim in plastic. Now make them pay to clean it up. | “OUR WORLD”

https://nackpets.wordpress.com/2021/06/08/sign-petition-corporations-made-us-swim-in-plastic-now-make-them-pay-to-clean-it-up/

www.thepetitionsite.com

Once it’s created, plastic never leaves the Earth. It never biodegrades. It never reduces into organic matter or fertile soil. Over time, it breaks down further and further into infinitely smaller pieces — but it always exists. In fact, through this process, it even finds its way into our bodies, getting lodged in our organs, through our tap water, bottled water, and foods — including table salt, seafood, and even beer.

Similarly bad: often, plastic doesn’t even get recycled. And when it does go through the energy-intensive process of transforming it from one petroleum-based product into another, that’s often on the taxpayers’ dime… even though it’s corporations that have created all these nasty plastic waste in the first place.

Fears proposal to charge households with solar panels to export electricity will kill demand for solar energy – ABC News

Comment by tonytran2015: This is the principle of “users pay”. Renewable energy has been oversold and has turned into a scam on enormous scale.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-28/aemc-solar-panel-owners-charged-exporting-electricity-grid/100098668

  • For years, solar panel owners have been able to sell their surplus energy back into the electricity grid through feed-in tariffs
  • The AEMC is proposing a new system that would allow electricity networks to charge owners to export their electricity
  • One expert argues the proposal would discourage homeowners from installing solar, rather than encouraging them to invest in battery storage

Rooftop solar produces clean energy but most panels end up in landfill despite being recycable – ABC News

Comment by tonytran2015: The truth is slowly emerging. Solar energy proponents forgot about the not very long life of solar pannels (https://survivaltricks.wordpress.com/2017/10/01/solar-electricity-installations-look-like-a-gravy-train/).

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-06/what-happens-to-solar-panels-after-their-useful-life-is-over/100193244

…The lifespan of a solar panel can be anywhere from 10 to 25 years, so that means the number of panels nearing the end of their lives is about to grow exponentially…

Calls for Western Sydney recycling facility to shut as ‘sickening’ smell fills homes for second month – ABC News

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-02/eastern-creek-recycling-odour-prompts-calls-for-shutdown/100186288

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) traced the smell to a Bingo Industries recycling plant in Eastern Creek and issued orders for the operator to remedy the smell in late April…

The origin of the tabby coat and other cat mysteries revealed – ABC News

https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2017-06-20/cats-spread-across-world-revealed-by-dna-study/8631150

The research, published today in Nature Ecology & Evolution reveals “unprecedented insights into the origins and global spread of one of our oldest pets”, said Australian co-author Dr Alison Crowther, from the University of Queensland.

Plastic pollution invades the Galapagos Islands. – Scientific Inquirer

https://scientificinquirer.com/2021/05/31/plastic-pollution-invades-the-galapagos-islands/

…A new study – by the University of Exeter, Galapagos Conservation Trust (GCT) and the Galapagos Science Center – found plastic in all marine habitats at the island of San Cristobal, where Charles Darwin first landed in Galapagos…

All British children have plutonium in their teeth, from Sellafield nuclear plant | Aletho News

https://alethonews.com/2021/05/30/all-british-children-have-plutonium-in-their-teeth-from-sellafield-nuclear-plant/

By Antony Barnett | The Guardian | November 30, 2003

The Government has admitted for the first time that Sellafield ‘is a source of plutonium contamination’ across the country. Public Health Minister Melanie Johnson has revealed that a study funded by the Department of Health discovered that the closer a child lived to Sellafield, the higher the levels of plutonium found in their teeth.

Johnson said: ‘Analysis indicated that concentrations of plutonium… decreased with increasing distance from the west Cumbrian coast and its Sellafield nuclear fuel reprocessing plant – suggesting this plant is a source of plutonium contamination in the wider population.’ Johnson claimed the levels of plutonium are so minute that there is no health risk to the public. But this is disputed by scientists, MPs and environmental campaigners who have called for an immediate inquiry into how one of the world’s most dangerous materials has been allowed to continue to contaminate children’s teeth. There have long been claims of clusters of childhood leukaemia around Sellafield.

In the late 1990s researchers collected more than 3,000 molars extracted from young teenagers across the country during dental treatment and analysed them. To their surprise they found traces of plutonium in all the teeth including those from children in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Alarmingly, they discovered that those living closer to Sellafield had more than twice the amount of those living 140 miles away.

Plutonium is a man-made radioactive material and the only source of it in Britain is from Sellafield. The plant, which reprocesses nuclear fuel from reactors, still discharges plutonium into the Irish Sea.

The original research was carried out in 1997 by Professor Nick Priest who was working for the UK Atomic Energy Authority. At the time the conclusions of the research received little attention because the study concluded that the contamination levels were so minuscule they were thought to pose an ‘insignificant’ health risk.

But earlier this year the Committee Examining Radiation Risks from Internal Emitters, looking at health risks posed by radioactive materials, examined Priest’s study. Some of the committee’s members have now cast doubt on the conclusions that plutonium in children’s teeth posed no health risk. Professor Eric Wright, of Dundee University Medical School, is one of the country’s leading experts on blood disorders and a member of the committee. He believes that the tiny specks of plutonium in children’s teeth caused by Sellafield radioactive pollution might lead to some people falling ill with cancer.

He said: ‘There are genuine concerns that the risks from internal emitters of radiation are more hazardous [than previously thought]. The real question is by how much. Is it two or three times more risky… or more than a hundred?’

Wright believes that, while the plutonium contamination is unlikely to pose a health risk to much of the British population, it might be a problem for some individuals.

He said: ‘If somebody has a bad collection of genes which means their body cannot deal with small levels of internal radioactive material, then there could be an issue.’

Wright’s comments, coming on top of the admission from the Health Minister, have led to calls for an independent inquiry. Liberal Democrat environment spokesman Norman Baker said: ‘[This] stinks of a cover-up. They have known for six years that Sellafield has contaminated the population with plutonium but done nothing. Yet the plant continues to discharge plutonium into the Irish Sea. It shows the wanton disregard the nuclear industry has for public health and there needs to be an independent inquiry.’

Janine Allis-Smith of the campaign group Cumbrians Opposed to a Radioactive Environment said: ‘There is no safe amount of plutonium. The plant must be closed down immediately.’