Composted reads for the last week of July 2022

Berating climate sceptics isn’t enough – disruptive protest now seems the only way forward
John Harris

The time has come to choose: do you trust the people in suits downplaying this emergency, or the activists lying in roads in an attempt to ward off catastrophe?

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Scientists find 30 potential new species at bottom of ocean

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How Sussex farmers plan to rewild a nature-rich green corridor to the sea

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The bad news

How the plastic industry turned the pandemic to its advantage

In the two years leading up to the pandemic, the public backlash against plastic was a major concern for industry leaders. As a corporate executive remarked during an industry event early in 2019:

“We need to get the image of plastic in oceans out of the public’s mind. Otherwise, we could lose our social licence to operate.”

Of course, the pandemic did not take the image of plastic in oceans out of the public’s mind. However, it did highlight in a very real and urgent way the importance of many plastic products for healthcare and hygiene.

At the virtual World Petrochemical Conference in April 2020, an industry analyst commented on this unexpected shift:

“Ironically, sustainability, the issue that was dominating the conversation until just a few weeks ago, seems to be fading into the background, at least for the moment. And polyethylene may even be gaining some public favour as it plays a high-profile role in combating the greatest health risk to our planet in modern history.”

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Tyre dust: the ‘stealth pollutant’ that’s becoming a huge threat to ocean life

Tyre-wear particles – a mixture of tyre fragments, including synthetic rubbers, fillers and softeners and road surface particles – are considered by environmental scientists to be one of the most significant sources of microplastics in the ocean.

In January, McIntyre’s research team published a new study, which found that 6PPD-quinone was “more toxic than previously calculated” to coho and should be categorised as a “very highly toxic” pollutant for aquatic organisms.

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Essential reads

James Lovelock, creator of Gaia hypothesis, dies on 103rd birthday

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Leaked: US power companies secretly spending millions to protect profits and fight clean energy

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A joint effort of several authors who do find that nobody can keep standing at the side and that “Everyone" must care about what is going on in today’s world. We are a bunch of people who do not mind that somebody has a totally different idea but is willing to share the ideas with others and to be Active and willing to let others understand how "today’s decisions will influence the future”. Therefore we would love to see many others to "Act today".

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