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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 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 “An Evidence Review for the California State Legislature,” titled “Microplastics Occurrence, Health Effects, and Mitigation Policies” 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 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” – According to Katten: “… When DOL adopted […]

DoE Issues “Strategy for Plastics Innovation

In January 2023, the Department of Energy published its “Strategy for Plastics Innovation” “… to accelerate innovations that will dramatically reduce plastic waste in oceans and landfills … designed to position the United States as a leader in science and technology innovations needed to develop and manufacture new plastic technologies by 2030 … Strategic Goals [include] … Create new […]

Microplastics Detected in Human Vascular Tissues (Saphenous Vein Tissue)

According to the abstract of a February 1, 2023 PLOS One article by researchers with UK University of Hull and others “… Microplastics (MPs) are ubiquitous in the environment, in the human food chain … This study analysed digested human saphenous vein tissue samples (n = 5) using μFTIR spectroscopy (size limitation of 5 μm) to detect […]

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 on its “Green Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims” “… soliciting comments about the efficiency, costs, benefits, and regulatory impact of the Guides to determine whether to retain, modify, or […]

Microplastics found to Exacerbate Virus-Mediated Fish Mortality

According to the abstract of a paper to be published in the March 2023 issue of Science of The Total Environment by researchers with Virginia Institute of Marine Science, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Hawaii Pacific University Center for Marine Debris Research and others “… Interaction between microplastics and environmental pathogens is poorly understood … A […]

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Single Use vs Reusable Restaurant Plastic Takeout Food Containers Studied

According to the abstract of a Resources, Conservation and Recycling article by researchers with the University of Michigan “… Single-use packaging generates millions of tonnes of plastic waste per year – a circular economy waste-reduction strategy is to implement reusable container systems for restaurant takeout. We developed a parametric life cycle assessment (LCA) and cost model and […]

Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) – Kentucky Issues “Energy Company Boycott” List

On January 3, 2023, the Kentucky Treasurer released “… a list of 11 financial companies that are engaged in energy company boycotts… ” defined as: “… without an ordinary business purpose, refusing to deal with, terminating business activities with, or otherwise taking any action that is intended to penalize, inflict economic harm on, or limit commercial relations with a company […]

Microplastics – Remain Preserved Once Incorporated into Sediments Until Disturbed

According to a November 14, 2022, Environmental Science and Technology article 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 […]