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After bronze and iron, welcome to the plastic age, say scientists | Environment | The Guardian
Plastic pollution is being deposited into the fossil record, research has found, with contamination increasing exponentially since 1945.

Scientists suggest the plastic layers could be used to mark the start of the Anthropocene, the proposed geological epoch in which human activities have come to dominate the planet. They say after the bronze and iron ages, the current period may become known as the plastic age.
plastic  Anthropocene 
10 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Evidence suggests microplastics in water pose ‘minimal health risk’ - BBC News
Microplastics in drinking water do not appear to pose a health risk at current levels, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
micro  plastic  public  health 
12 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Can microplastics now travel in the air? - CBBC Newsround
Some of the fibres found were so small that they could be inhaled.

The study collected samples over a five-month period and recorded average daily counts of 365 pieces of plastic per square metre.

Scientists are still unsure of the distances microplastics can travel, but they think fragments could be travelling through the atmosphere over distances of at least 60 miles.
plastic  public  health 
april 2019 by asterisk2a
Plastics reach remote pristine environments, scientists say | Science | The Guardian
Birds’ eggs in High Arctic contain chemical additives used in plastics
february 2019 by asterisk2a
EU-Plastikverbot: Was es bedeutet, was sich für Verbraucher ändert - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Die EU sagt Plastik den Kampf an: Wegwerfprodukte wie Plastikteller und Trinkhalme sollen künftig verboten werden. Wie sieht die Regelung aus, was ändert sich für den Verbraucher? Ein Überblick.

Eine ganze Menge an Produkten werden durch die Richtlinie ab 2021 in der EU verboten sein. Dazu zählen Besteck, Teller, Strohhalme, Wattestäbchen und Getränkerührstäbchen aus Plastik. Ebenso sollen aufgeschäumte Lebensmittel- und Getränkeverpackungen aus Polystyrol untersagt werden. Polystyrol wird etwa bei der Herstellung von Joghurtbechern verwendet.
plastic  EU  pollution 
december 2018 by asterisk2a
Plastic recycling industry's problems costing councils up to £500,000 a year | Environment | The Guardian
Under the UK packaging waste system councils foot the vast majority of the bill for recycling waste, according to research by the National Audit Office.

Local authorities spend an estimated £700m annually on collecting and treating packaging waste, but the businesses producing the packaging contributed just £73m last year to reprocessing and recycling it – or €13 per tonne recycled.

This compares with countries like Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium, where retailers and producers are made to fully fund the cost of household recycling collections.
UK  plastic  recycling 
october 2018 by asterisk2a
Recycled packaging 'may end up in landfill', warns watchdog - BBC News
The National Audit Office (NAO) says over half of the packaging reported as recycled is actually being sent abroad to be processed.

As a result, it says, the government has little idea of whether the recyclables are getting turned into new products, buried in landfill or burned.

While an illusion of success has been created by the UK’s system for recycling packaging, the NAO says, the reality may be quite different.
plastic  waste  recycling  accountability  oversight  self-regulation  Regulation  regulators  China  sustainability  sustainable  pollution  Klimakatastrophe  climatecatastrophe 
july 2018 by asterisk2a
Bottled water: WHO launches plastic health review - BBC News
A few questioned why the study’s results were so much higher than their own internal research or pointed out that there are no regulations on microplastics or agreed methods for testing for them.

The study comes on top of earlier investigations that have found microplastics in tap water, beer, sea salt and fish, and Prof Mason told me that researchers need to be able to answer the pressing question of whether microplastics can be harmful. &!? - WHO launches health review after microplastics found in 90% of bottled water Researchers find levels of plastic fibres in popular bottled water brands could be twice as high as those found in tap water
plastic  pollution  public  health 
march 2018 by asterisk2a
Ultra-processed foods 'linked to cancer' - BBC News
What counts as ultra-processed
Mass-produced packaged breads and buns
Sweet or savoury packaged snacks including crisps
Chocolate bars and sweets
Sodas and sweetened drinks
Meatballs, poultry and fish nuggets
Instant noodles and soups
Frozen or shelf-life ready meals
Foods made mostly or entirely from sugar, oils and fats &!
cancer  public  health  CVD  chronic  sick  population  sickcare  demand  NHS  crisis  food–industrial  lobby  food  S.A.D.  western  diet  obesity  overweight  healthcare  diabetes  immune  system  Autoimmune  disease  Diseases  packaging  plastic  pollution  chemical  complexity 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
Chemicals in packaging, carpets and non-stick pans 'may contribute to obesity' | Science | The Guardian
Chemicals used to make non-stick pots and pans, stain-resistant carpets, and food packaging may contribute to high levels of obesity by disrupting the body’s ability to burn calories, scientists say.

Researchers at Harvard University examined the effects of compounds called perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), which have already raised concerns among some health experts after animal experiments and other studies linked them to cancer, high cholesterol and immune problems.
public  health  pollution  obesogenic  environment  obesity  overweight  Cancer  PFAS  BPA  bisphenol  plastic  autoimmune  disease  chronic  lowgrade  inflammation  immune  system  crisis  fungicide  herbicide  pesticide  ecological  environmental  Klimakatastrophe 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
(5578) Fettleibigkeit vorprogrammiert - YouTube
see nutritionfacts org - pesticides herbicides fungicides additives PBA etc // umweltgifte // nutritionfacts - also mentiond "Kassenzettel" // BUT see also Valter Longo 'its a complex system, not one thing' // obesogenic compounds disrupting evolutions complex system. // nikotine - children from smoking mothers born underweight, tend to be overweight later // also phalates bisphenol DES TBT PBDE PFOA PCB Dioxin Organophosphat Atrazin DDT Mercury / Blei Benzopyren Nikotin Genistein Glutamat //&! !!! ALL IN PROCESSES FOODS AND ANIMAL FOODS! - - Phalates et al in ready meal processed food mac n cheese!!! its not food its chemical ...
public  health  pollution  obesity  overweight  PBA  endocrine  system  disruption  disruptors  toxicity  environmental  environment  ecological  crisis  fungicide  pesticide  herbicide  plastic  nation  toxicology  hormones  IGF-1  antibiotic  antibiotics  Fructose  epigenetics  processed  food  S.A.D.  western  diet  junk  Cancer  lifestyle  convenience  cost  ready  meal 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
(5397) China: Importstopp für ausländischen Müll | Weltbilder | NDR - YouTube // &! UK Rudert gerade sehr hefitg. Britain ships around two thirds of its used plastics there for recycling - about 500,000 tons - each year. &&!"Der Muell sucht sich immer das billigste Loch." - &! - UK rudert heftig. Keinen Plan. UK exportierte bisher 2/3 ihres Plastikmuells nach China. Experten sage (tl;dr) 'Muessen besser sauberer sortieren um attraktiver zu werden.' Kein Witz. &!
China  pollution  plastic  ecological  environmental  Crisis  environment  UK  recycling  waste  household  Council  public  health  Austerity  awareness 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
Plastics found in stomachs of deepest sea creatures | Environment | The Guardian
Great Pacific Garbage Patch // Animals from the deepest places on Earth have been found with plastic in their stomachs, confirming fears that manmade fibres have contaminated the most remote places on the planet.
pollution  public  health  crisis  plastic  Ocean  wildlife  ecological  environmental  environment  pesticide  herbicide  fungicide 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
Supermarkets must stop using plastic packaging, says former Asda boss | Environment | The Guardian
ocean. peoples sewers. // “We have been able to recycle plastic for decades yet it remains a scourge on the planet. Recycling will never offer a durable solution to the plastic crisis – we simply have to use less plastic in the first place.” [...] Between 5m and 13m tonnes of plastic leaks into the world’s oceans each year to be ingested by sea birds, fish and other organisms, and by 2050 the ocean will contain more plastic by weight than fish, according to research by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Scientists at Ghent University in Belgium recently calculated people who eat seafood ingest up to 11,000 tiny pieces of plastic every year. Last August, the results of a study by Plymouth University reported plastic was found in a third of UK-caught fish, including cod, haddock, mackerel and shellfish.
microplastic  plastic  pollution  ecology  disaster  crisis  environment  water  foodchain  food  chain  fish  pesticide  herbicide  fungicide  Glyphosate  packaging  waste  recycling 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Sewage plants are leaking millions of tiny plastic beads into Britain's seas | Environment | The Guardian
Sewage plants are contributing to plastic pollution in the oceans with millions of tiny beads spilling into the seas around the UK, according to a new report.

Dozens of UK wastewater treatment plants use tiny plastic pellets, known as Bio-Beads, to filter chemical and organic contaminants from sewage, according to a study from the Cornish Plastic Pollution Coalition (CPPC).

The report found that many millions of these pellets, which are only about 3.5mm wide, have been spilled and ended up in the environment.

The author of the report, Claire Wallerstein, said once the Bio-Beads had been released they are hard to spot and almost impossible to remove – yet can cause significant harm to marine wildlife. // Great Pacific Garbage Patch
microplastic  plastic  pollution  environment  wildlife  foodchain  food  chain  fish  contamination  contaminated  pesticide  fungicide  herbicide  waste  recycling  Glyphosate  Monsanto  lobby  accountability  profit  maximisation  flameretardant  ecology 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Plastic kills – let's stop treating it like a normal part of modern life
The oceans are now so full of man-made detritus that our health is being put at risk too. About a third of fish caught off the coast of the UK now contain traces of plastic. Some plastics contain diethylhexyl phthalate, which is toxic and thought to be carcinogenic. When you bear in mind that British seafood eaters may ingest more than 10,000 pieces of plastic each year, it’s obvious that plastic has been a complete disaster for health.
seafood  fish  oceans  Plastic  Plastik  carcinogen  carcinogenic  heavy  metals  water  pollution  public  health  Cancer  WHO  crisis  environment  ecological  disaster  bio  diversity 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
Plastic from tyres 'major source' of ocean pollution - BBC News
Particles of debris from car tyres are ending up in the ocean as "plastic soup", conservationists warn.
Microplastics from tyres and textiles are a bigger source of marine pollution than the breakdown of larger plastic waste in some areas, says the IUCN.
Up to 30% of plastic released into the oceans each year comes from primary microplastics, not the disintegration of larger pieces, a report found.
Debris from tyre abrasion and synthetic fabrics are the main sources, they say.
food  chain  pollution  water  Great  Pacific  Garbage  Patch  plastic 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Plastic bottle litter on beaches up 43%, conservationists say
Conservationists say they found 160 plastic bottles for every mile of UK coastline cleaned last year.
The Marine Conservation Society said more than 8,000 bottles were picked up during its Great British Beach Clean Up in September, up 43% on 2014.
It wants deposit return schemes, which give money back to people who return empty bottles, to encourage recycling.
More than 6,000 volunteers collected and recorded litter along 340 beaches across the UK.
The MCS said putting a charge on the bottles of up to 20p, which gets refunded when they are returned, would change behaviour, and called for the UK government to explore the potential of such a scheme.
recycling  waste  management  plastic  nation  plastic  bag  Petroleum  Industry  Wegwerfgesellschaft  ecological  damage  environmental  damage  microbeads  Great  Pacific  Garbage  Patch  deforestation 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Plastic waste in Pacific Ocean washed up on Hawaii beach - in pictures | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian
A new report released at Davos highlights some startling facts about the huge environmental and resource impacts of a fast growing plastics industry -
plastic  nation  plastic  bag  plastic  Great  Pacific  Garbage  Patch  fossil  fuel  Wegwerfgesellschaft  Petroleum  Industry  pollution  ecological  disaster  environmental  disaster 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
'Think very carefully before having plastic surgery' - BBC News
The biggest boom was in the popularity of liposuction - up by 41%. // - lipo up 20% in 2015 (by registered uk surgeons, does not include brits who go overseas East Europe or Turkey.)
overweight  Standard  American  Diet  Western  pattern  fad  dieting  lifestyle  sedentary  lifestyle  lifestyle  plastic  surgery 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
'BPA-free' plastic accelerates embryonic development, disrupts reproductive system in zebrafish : science
Yeah. You know why? Because we replaced BPA with another plasticizing compound that does the exact same thing. BPS, the BPA replacement chemical, is structurally very similar to BPA and, therefore, we shouldn't be shocked when it exerts a similar impact on the reproductive system. Because we need the plasticizers to serve a particular function in the production of plastics, they are relegated to a fairly particular type of chemical structure. This means there all pretty likely to look the same and act the same. That is, as weak estrogens.
BPA  bisphenola  Bisphenol  A  endocrine  disorders  endocrine  system  endocrinology  plastic  nation  Consumer  Protection  public  health  policy  public  health  public  safety  Petroleum  Industry 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
A Point of View: Does cosmetic surgery really make people feel better about their bodies? - BBC News
In 2002-3, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons carried out 10,700 procedures. Ten years later, they carried out 50,000 procedures of which the most common was breast augmentation. [...] Why are people resorting to cosmetic surgery? There is increasing pressure to look young and beautiful, especially for women, who are still more likely to be judged on appearances, particularly in the workplace. The media is full of makeover programmes glamorising cosmetic surgery and celebrities who look ever more perky. Subliminally and not so subliminally, our culture is changing how humans feel they should look. People believe they will be happier and more successful if they conform more closely to these cultural norms. [...] Pornography is now ubiquitous and must be a big driver of people's dissatisfaction with their bodies. Let me give you an example. Ironically, while the UK has banned female genital mutilation, it is simultaneously having a booming trade in labiaplasty.
plastic  surgery  objectification  gender  policing  gender  politics  Hollywood  Entertainment  Industry  Music  Industry  sexism  everyday  sexism  sexismus  beauty  standard  beauty  beauty  sickness  Fashion  Industry  Selbstdarstellung  Selbstfürsorge  Social  Media  Porn  pornography 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Does a nose job hurt? You asked Google – here’s the answer | Virginia Blum | Opinion | The Guardian
Surgeons I’ve interviewed explain that for young and less experienced surgeons, rhinoplasty has an unusually steep learning curve due to the lag time between the surgery and its final result a year later; only then can surgeons assess what they should do differently. A recent issue of Annals of Plastic Surgery, published this month, is entirely devoted to rhinoplasty, and it’s sobering reading. Most articles make clear what the general public doesn’t know about the procedure – that the technique (as well as outcome) of the nose job remains heavily disputed among surgeons. And there are many things that affect the outcome, from the inherent structure of the individual’s nose to the surgeon’s experience, planning and skill.
FFS  plastic  surgery 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Chris Hedges The Cult Of Celebrity - YouTube
when you spend your life as celebrity, you have no idea of who you are. // hostile takeover of consumer culture to make it a religion. // people see themselves as consumer products. // is a commodity culture, cult of self ... psychopaths. // ethic of Wall Street is same as ethic of consumer celebrity culture.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
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