California Wildfires and EMF Radiation Pollution: Some Research Suggests a Connection

(B.N. Frank) As wildfires continue to ravage the West Coast, fingers are being pointed at climate change, poor forest management, and downed power lines. There is research that also suggests increasing levels of EMF Radiation Pollution (aka “Electrosmog”) from utility “Smart” Meters and other sources are drying out trees and other plants which makes them more fire prone. As if “Smart” Meter fires and explosions weren’t problematic enough.

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Newly-Developed Enzyme That Breaks Down Plastic Bottles in Hours is On Track to Change the Recycling Game

(Andy Corbley) Utilizing an enzyme found within composted leaves, scientists are now breaking down plastic all the way into a recyclable form in a matter of hours. Carbios, the French company responsible for the breakthrough, is already collaborating with Pepsi and L’Oréal to unleash industrial market-scale production of the new substance within five years.

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Plastic Pollution: You Aren’t the Problem. Asia is.

Do you use plastic bags? Do you drink from plastic straws? You're a contemptible person who should be fined and imprisoned because you're polluting the ocean and destroying the planet.

The inconvenient fact, of course, is that none of it's true. Plastic bag and straw bans — examples of what Todd Myers calls "eco-fads" (things that make us feel good but do nothing beneficial) — will do nothing to curb plastic pollution in the ocean. Actual data explain why.

Asia, Africa Cause 90% of Plastic Pollution in World's Oceans

#1. Plastic doesn't magically appear in the ocean. 

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Studies: 90% of the Plastic that Ends Up in the Oceans Comes from Asia and Africa

By analyzing the waste found in the rivers and surrounding landscape, researchers were able to estimate that just 10 river systems carry 90% of the plastic that ends up in the ocean.

Eight of them are in Asia: the Yangtze; Indus; Yellow; Hai He; Ganges; Pearl; Amur; Mekong; and two in Africa – the Nile and the Niger.

“We were able to demonstrate that there is a definite correlation in this respect,” said Dr. Christian Schmidt, one of the authors of the study from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research.

“The more waste there is in a catchment area that is not disposed of properly, the more plastic ultimately ends up in the river and takes this route to the sea.”

Garbage in the Ganges River in India

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90% of Plastic Waste Polluting Earth’s Oceans Comes From Asia and Africa – So Why Are Westerners Being Lectured?

Despite westerners being lectured by climate activists like Greta Thunberg, a study has found that around 90 per cent of plastic waste polluting earth’s oceans comes from Asia and Africa.

During her U.S. tour, Thunberg cited “horrifying pictures of plastic in the oceans,” as one of the primary reasons why Americans should listen to her.

However, researchers at Germany’s Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research discovered that a small number of rivers account for the vast majority of plastic pollution and none of them are located in western countries.

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