Microplastics – Seawater Fish Ingest More than Freshwater Fish

According to the abstract of a March 10, 2023 Nature Scientific Reports article https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-023-30339-y by researchers with Japan University of Tokyo “… little is known about differences of microplastic uptake by fish in freshwater (FW) and those in seawater (SW) … [Our] results imply that SW fish ingest more MPs than FW fish when exposed […]

“Recyclable” Advertising Claims – FTC Seeks Public Comments by June 13, 2023 and Sets May 23 Workshop

On March 1, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced https://www.ftc.gov/legal-library/browse/federal-register-notices/public-workshop-examining-guides-use-environmental-marketing-claims a Washington, DC May 23 public workshop, which will be available for public viewing, and request for public comment by June 13 “… to examine ‘recyclable’ advertising claims. The workshop is a component of the Commission’s recently announced regulatory review of the ‘Guides for […]

Microplastics – World Economic Forum: “microplastics are still lagging in terms of regulatory and corporate action

“This is why microplastics should keep us up at night and what we can do about them” is the title of a March 8, 2023 World Economic Forum report https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2023/03/microplastics-how-we-can-tackle-them/ which advises that “… Macroplastic pollution has been catching global attention and mobilization but microplastics are still lagging in terms of regulatory and corporate action […]

Macro and Micro Plastics – Extensive Scar Tissue Formation Found in Seabirds, referred to as “Plasticosis” Disease

According to the abstract of a paper to be published May 13, 2023 in the Journal of Hazardous Materials https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhazmat.2023.131090 by researcher with the Australian Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania and others “… there is a need to closely examine the sub-lethal ‘hidden’ impacts of plastic ingestion … Flesh-footed […]

Microplastics – Report on Occurrence, Health Effects and Mitigation Policies Submitted to California Legislature

On February 2, 2023, the California State Policy Evidence Consortium (CalSPEC) released https://uccs.ucdavis.edu/calspec/2022-research-topic “An Evidence Review for the California State Legislature,” titled “Microplastics Occurrence, Health Effects, and Mitigation Policies” https://uccs.ucdavis.edu/sites/g/files/dgvnsk12071/files/media/documents/CalSPEC-Report-Microplastics-Occurrence-Health%20Effects-and-Mitigation-Policies.pdf which presents a “… systematic review of the health effects of microplastics; and summarized the current status of national, subnational, and multinational policies relating to […]

Half of all States Sue the Labor Department over ESG Rule

According to a February 6, 2023, Katten Law post https://quickreads.ext.katten.com/post/102i71z/half-of-all-states-sue-dol-over-esg-rule-foreshadowing-challenges-to-the-secs-e on January 26, 2023, twenty-five states and others sued the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) @USDOL in connection with its December 1, 2022 ESG rulemaking, titled “Prudence and Loyalty in Selecting Plan Investments and Exercising Shareholder Rights” https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2022/12/01/2022-25783/prudence-and-loyalty-in-selecting-plan-investments-and-exercising-shareholder-rights – According to Katten: “… When DOL adopted […]

Environmental Marketing Claims – FTC Extends Public Comment Period to April 24 on Improving Its “Green Guides

On February 1, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) extended to April 24, 2023 the comment period on its December 20, 2022 request for comments  https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2022-12-20/pdf/2022-27558.pdf on its “Green Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims” https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/topics/truth-advertising/green-guides “… soliciting comments about the efficiency, costs, benefits, and regulatory impact of the Guides to determine whether to retain, modify, or […]

Microplastics – Remain Preserved Once Incorporated into Sediments Until Disturbed

According to a November 14, 2022, Environmental Science and Technology article https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.2c04264 by researchers with Spain Autonomous University of Barcelona and Denmark Aalborg University “ … there is a lack of robust data on the historical evolution of microplastic (MP) pollution in the sediment … we investigate the fate of MPs once buried in the […]

Microplastics – Aggressive Marine Mitigation Emphasized

According to the abstract of a brief communications article in Nature Geoscience https://www.nature.com/articles/s41561-022-01096-w by researchers with Germany GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel: “… Climate change and plastics pollution are dual threats to marine environments. Here we use biogeochemical and microplastic modelling to show that even if there is complete removal of microplastics and cessation of […]

UPDATE – Environmental Marketing Claims – FTC Seeks Public Comments by February 21, 2023, on Improving its “Green Guides

On December 20, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2022-12-20/pdf/2022-27558.pdf a request for public comment on its “’Green Guides’ for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims” https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/topics/truth-advertising/green-guides “… soliciting comments about the efficiency, costs, benefits, and regulatory impact of the Guides to determine whether to retain, modify, or rescind them …” – Specific issues upon which […]