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Daily Archives: January 21, 2016

The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the future of plastics

Ellen MacArthur Foundation: “The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the future of plastics provides for the first time a vision of a global economy in which plastics never become waste, and outlines concrete steps towards achieving the systemic shift needed. The report, financially supported by the MAVA Foundation, was produced as part of Project MainStream, a global, multi-industry initiative that aims to accelerate business-driven innovations to help scale the circular economy. The new report acknowledges that while plastics and plastic packaging are an integral part of the global economy and deliver many benefits, their value chains currently entail significant drawbacks. Assessing global plastic packaging flows comprehensively for the first time, the report finds that most plastic packaging is used only once; 95% of the value of plastic packaging material, worth $80-120 billion annually, is lost to the economy. Additionally, plastic packaging generates negative externalities, valued conservatively by UNEP at $40 billion. Given projected growth in consumption, in a business-as-usual scenario, by 2050 oceans are expected to contain more plastics than fish (by weight), and the entire plastics industry will consume 20% of total oil production, and 15% of the annual carbon budget…”

EPA Announces 2014 Toxics Release Inventory Report

“In 2014, 84% of the 25 billion pounds of toxic chemical waste managed at the nation’s industrial facilities was not released into the environment due to the use of preferred waste management practices like recycling, energy recovery and treatment, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) annual Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) report. The remaining… Continue Reading

International banking statistics at end-September 2015

“The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) today released international banking statistics at end-September 2015. Cross-border bank lending shrank for the second consecutive quarter, due mainly to falling claims on emerging market economies (EMEs). The global contraction of $151 billion between end-June and end-September 2015 was smaller than the previous quarter’s and left outstanding claims at… Continue Reading

Diary of Anne Frank published on both a blog and a website citing end of EU copyright protection

Via Swissinfo: “The Diary of Anne Frank has been put online by a French politician and an academic, who cite EU law and the importance of intellectual freedom. The Basel-based Anne Frank Foundation is considering legal action, saying it still holds the copyright. “Anne Frank died in 1945 [in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany],… Continue Reading

POGO’s Public Comment to GSA on Corporate Identifiers

“The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) provides the following public comment to “Federal Acquisition Regulation; Unique Identification of Entities Receiving Federal Awards,” (80 Fed. Reg. 72035, November 18, 2015). As an independent nonprofit organization committed to achieving a more accountable and transparent federal government, POGO has a longstanding interest in federal contracting issues and in… Continue Reading

Pew – The state of privacy in America

The state of privacy in America: What we learned: “After the June 2013 leaks by government contractor Edward Snowden about National Security Agency surveillance of Americans’ online and phone communications, Pew Research Center began an in-depth exploration of people’s views and behaviors related to privacy. Our recent report about how Americans think about privacy and… Continue Reading

The History Project – A Visual History of the New York Times on the Internet

Powered by the History Project – visit this timeline from 1992 to present that highlights the changes and evolution of the company’s use of and visibility on the internet over several decades. The use of text links, podcasts, videos, graphics and visualizations is presented and provides readers with significant perspective on how journalism, the readers,… Continue Reading

Paper reveals the number and type of bugs that inhabit our homes

Bertone MA, Leong M, Bayless KM, Malow TLF, Dunn RR, Trautwein MD. (2016) Arthropods of the great indoors: characterizing diversity inside urban and suburban homes. PeerJ 4:e1582 – Flies, spiders, beetles and ants – they are all with us! The Guardian – Hundreds of tiny spiders, lice and more crawling through US homes, study… Continue Reading