Grains of Salty Truth

  • Environmental Bill Links Climate Change to Plastics Lifecycle

    The CLEAN Future Act is a climate change bill that addresses the scourge of plastic production and waste ending up in the environment. The plastic related GHG emissions and plastic waste reduction goals written into the legislation signify a shift in tactics used to address the interrelated environmental challenges.

  • Plastic Pollution Grows Worse During Pandemic

    At the outset, Covid-19 appeared to be an unexpected boon to many environmental movements. Carbon emissions in 2020 were at some of the lowest levels in decades. A lack of demand in manufacturing led to a reduction in pollution. Some Southeast Asian countries would shutter their wet markets while making wildlife tracking illegal. But one area of environmental outcomes has grown worse during the pandemic – plastic pollution.

  • IBM Develops Cloud Platform to Track and Analyze Plastic Pollution

    The Alliance to End Plastic Waste has partnered with IBM on a technological initiative to track and eliminate plastic waste. As a new and more environmentally minded administration takes office, it is encouraging that technology companies in the private sector are also marshaling their capabilities to address this persistent and pernicious problem. As with most endeavors, the follow through matters.
  • The United States Is Contributing Much More to Global Plastic Pollution than Previously Realized

    American consumers believe plastic consumption is without consequence because of waste management and recycling systems present in our advanced economy. However, a new analysis of worldwide plastic pollution casts these beliefs into serious doubt.
  • Groups Urge Biden to Take Action on Plastic Pollution Crisis

    A coalition of conservation organizations released its Presidential Plastics Action Plan, urging Biden to craft and issue a series of executive orders intent on significantly curbing plastic production in the United States, given its capacity to pollute as well as its reliance on the petrochemical industry for production.
  • Green Groups Call on Biden to Address Plastic Pollution Crisis

    A consortium of environmental and community organizations is poised to release a plan intended to urge President-elect Joe Biden to craft a series of executive orders aimed at curtailing the plastic pollution crisis around the world.
  • Researcher Highlights Imperative to Reduce Plastic Use

    “In the case of the United States, it is critically important that we examine our own backyard and take responsibility for our global plastic footprint,” said Jenna Jambeck, a professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia.
  • Coronavirus Pandemic Drives Plastic Production and Waste

    Plastics recycling is largely a fantasy perpetuated by the fossil fuels industry to provide a salve to the environmental consciences of consumers in the United States and abroad.
  • Chemical Hazard on Sandy Shores

    Just as the beach season is wrapping up in the northern stretches of U.S. shores, we are learning of a new beach hazard. Beachgoers were already concerned about too much sun exposure, the increasing population of great white sharks in the north Atlantic, and now a concern of our own making appears – Bisphenol A (BPA).
  • Plastic Pollution Plagues World Beaches

    Beach cleanup efforts are losing ground to the wave of plastics coming from the ocean. What's the solution? The answer is simple but requires collective effort.
  • Plastic Recycling Is a Sham; We Need a Complete Rethink

    Plastics manufacturers have been lying to the American public for decades about the viability of plastics recycling to provide cover for the environmental scourge that rampant plastic use presents.

    It’s really that simple.