Banning plastics ‘could cause more damage to planet’

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

Hey-ho!

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An outright ban on plastics could lead to greater environmental damage, according to a group of academics.

Campaigners have called for reductions or bans in some areas, with recent programmes such as the BBC’s Blue Planet highlighting the impact of plastics on the world’s oceans.

A group of 40 academics from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh said they support the need to prevent potentially harmful environmental effects of plastics but arguments surrounding a reduction or ban are “often shortsighted and not based on facts”.

The group, which draws expertise from engineering, science, economics and social science, said there needs to be a “circular economy” for plastic usage.

They said replacing plastics with other available packaging, such as glass or metal, could lead to a doubling of global energy consumption and a tripling of greenhouse gas emissions.

Professor David Bucknall, chairman in materials chemistry from the university’s…

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WINNING: Milloy one of a ‘small but influential set’ Trump has been listening to — JunkScience.com

Axios reports that President Trump’s views on climate have been shaped over the years by a “small but influential set or organizations and people,” including JunkScience.com publisher Steve Milloy, CEI’s Myron Ebell, Murray Energy’s Bob Murray, the Heartland Institute and Sen. Jim Inhofe. Axios, of course, means this as a slam. Not only is Axios…

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The human and environmental cost of mining lithium and cobalt

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

A hard hitting documentary from the German public broadcaster, Deutsche Welle, about the human and environmental cost of mining lithium and cobalt:

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https://p.dw.com/p/38vpF

If you can’t watch the whole of it, I would suggest watching the first 6 minutes, and from 15 minutes to 22 minutes.

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