Microbads

“Scientists working at Bath University have now come up with a method to make microbeads out of cellulose, a starch found in wood and plants.
Tests have been carried which show the beads can be processed to be soft or hard but can also biodegrade into sugar in a short period of time.” http://uk.whales.org/news/2017/06/new-solution-to-plastic-pollution

Has anyone tried using sand? It may be less of a problem for marine life.

Time to try some plastic microbead-free products?

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Exhausted

“ClientEarth is now examining the latest [UK government air pollution] plan and could go back to court again if it decides the measures will not reduce illegal levels of air pollution in the ‘shortest possible time’, as the law demands.” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/05/air-pollution-plan-sacrificing-the-nations-health-to-save-an-election-campaign

The UK government, in a flush of swollen electoral sovereignty, may feel justified in treating citizens as collateral damage as those with weak lungs are unlikely to be Conservative voters.

“The plan requires local authorities to exhaust all other options before introducing CAZ [clean air zones] charging for diesel vehicles, as will happen in London, such as removing speed bumps and retrofitting buses.”

It is hoped that the exhaust from these other options will obscure the diesel miasma.

Plexit

“The UK exported more of its plastic packaging waste abroad for recycling in 2016 than in any of the three years previously. …
More plastic waste is now making its way to Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia. … The three countries are all significant sources of plastic pollution in our seas and oceans, mainly due to poor waste collections and management.” http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_round_up/2988755/uk_exporting_67_of_plastic_waste_amid_illegal_practices_warnings.html

This news will hearten those who fear Britain’s international trade will suffer from Brexit: the UK is already a key player in Asia’s dirty economy.

Sick Squid

The Cuvier’s beaked whale’s stomach was full of plastic bags and packaging with labels in Danish and English. … The whale may have mistaken them for squid which they usually prey on. http://uk.whales.org/news/2017/02/beaked-whale-in-norway-had-30-plastic-bags-in-stomach

A spokesperson for the food packaging industry said there was really nothing more it could do, since all plastic wrapping already carries the explicit warning “not squid” in both Danish and English.

Recola

“A Coca Cola spokesperson said: ‘We support recovery and recycling of our packaging and we want to help find ways to ensure that less of it is littered and ends up in the sea. Whilst we support and participate in deposit schemes in some countries, in some cases we have believed a different approach could be more effective and more sustainable than DRS [Deposit Return Scheme] – and in the UK we have raised some concerns about the impact of a DRS scheme on household recycling rates.'” http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2988601/exposed_coca_colas_big_fight_back_against_tackling_plastic_waste.html

Business models based on maximising the sale of one-use items will want us to forget the second part of the equation:
Reduction in household recycling of plastic bottles = bad
Converting recycling to the neglected other two Rs – Reducing and Reusing = good

Smelly Plants

“The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has named 383 plants guilty of leaks, pongs and breaches in 2015.” (http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/environment/14884352.Exposed__the_383_plants_that_pollute_Scotland/)

Have we passed peak pong,
Or is this leak long?
Time we pung out those leeches –
Show them who wears the breeches!
Will SEPA make speeches
Or fight them on the breaches?

Not Slick

“The UK government’s representative for maritime and salvage, said up to 52 tonnes, more than 50,000 litres, of [diesel] oil could have leaked from the [oil rig’s] two breached tanks, which salvage teams discovered on Wednesday. …
‘There is no oil at the moment on the sea surface. The fact that the tanks have been breached, that oil has long gone now, most of it will have evaporated on the Monday morning.'” (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/aug/11/thousands-litres-diesel-spilled-grounded-rig-transocean-winner)

Evaporated? No problem, then; like petrol stations are allowed to vent fumes to atmosphere without limit. Good old ‘bury it, wash it downstream, vent it’ thinking.