"On Twitter, Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee, which oversees the Interior Department, said Patagonia was disingenuous in its ad campaign.
“Patagonia Is Lying To You,” the committee's account wrote, using the same font the retailer had on its website. It continues: “A corporate giant hacking our public lands debate to sell more products to wealthy elitist urban dwellers from New York to San Francisco.”"
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"The issue of plastic pollution in the oceans may be a recent revelation for ordinary citizens, but it's nothing new for the plastics industry. A report by the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), titled "Fueling Plastics," says that plastic producers have known at least since the 1970s that their products pollute the ocean. Nevertheless, the industry has continually denied responsibility and fought regulation."
Via The Guardian
"A ban on imports of millions of tonnes of plastic waste by the Chinese government from January could see an end to collection of some plastic in the UK and increase the risk of environmental pollution, according to key figures in the industry."
Via Hakai Magazine
"Imagine sitting in a pool of water that seesaws between too hot and too cold and being unable to control your body temperature. Now substitute temperature with acidity. Congratulations, you’re a mussel—and you’re stressed out."
Via The Conversation
"Tuna is the most popular canned fish eaten in Australia and one of the most popular fish produced worldwide. The total catch of tuna in 2013 was about 7.4 million tonnes. Tuna is a massive industry and most of this catch ends up in cans. But while each can of tuna might look similar, the environmental impacts of different brands vary. So, with a sea of “eco-friendly” labels and choices, how do you know which is the most sustainable?"
Via Hakai Magazine
"Sand and gravel (collectively termed aggregates) are essential for the construction industry, used mainly for building roads and producing concrete. This has led to severe shortages worldwide. According to the United Nations, global aggregate use exceeds 40 billion tonnes per year, twice the volume of sediment carried by all the world’s rivers. As more and more sand gets cemented into the built environment, beaches like Durban’s are being stripped bare by the sea."
"Sky lanterns are banned by 20 of Wales' 22 councils, but Neath Port Talbot wants to extend this to cover balloons. A report said they 'are often mistaken as food by many species' and if eaten 'can block digestive systems and cause the animal to starve'. If the plans get the go-ahead, releasing balloons from council-owned land would constitute littering."
"In 2007, the Equality Court ordered the Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism to develop a new small-scale fisheries policy. This was to give recognition to the rights of local fishermen. The order included that immediate “interim relief” be given to small-scale fishermen by giving them access to marine resources while the policy is being finalised."
"Marine plastic pollution has been a secondary but growing concern in the huge field of oceans philanthropy. Perhaps part of the reason it’s not been as big of a focus as, say, fisheries or protected areas, is that it’s a slippery topic—there’s still a lot we don’t know. The Moore Foundation, a large global funder of marine conservation, is backing a two-year study to get a better grip on the issue, at least in its own backyard—the San Francisco Bay Area."
"The Environmental Protection Agency will not block its scientists from freely discussing their work in public, Administrator Scott Pruitt promised lawmakers this week, in the wake of a recent incident in which researchers were barred from presenting findings on climate change at a conference."