Day: November 21, 2019

Industry-backed RECOVER Act calls for $500M in recycling infrastructure grants

Read the full story in WasteDive.

The latest policy effort to address fluctuations in the recycling sector landed last week with the long-awaited Realizing the Economic Opportunities and Values of Expanding Recycling (RECOVER) Act, a major infrastructure bill.

The legislation, introduced by Reps. Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.) and Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.), comes as the federal government takes an increasingly active role in addressing recycling problems.

Social media can encourage tourists to make more sustainable choices

Read the full story from the University of Eastern Finland.

Social media is often blamed for creating all kinds of pressure. However, not all social media pressures are necessarily bad, as they can encourage us to behave in a manner that is more sustainable than before.

Hazardous substances: ECHA to launch first version of new database

Read the full story from ENDS Report.

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has set October 2020 as the provisional date for rolling out the first version of a database listing substances of concern in articles or complex products.

Vivaldi reworked to ‘make climate change audible’

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A classical orchestra in Germany aims to “make climate change audible” with a reworking of Antonio Vivaldi’s famous violin concertos “The Four Seasons” using algorithms based on climate data.

From coffee to cosmetics, companies are looking for ways to protect the plants their products are made from

Read the full story at Ensia.

As crop varieties disappear, boosting biodiversity becomes smart business.

Study links Asian carp with Mississippi River fish drop

Read the full story from the Associated Press.

Sport fish have declined significantly in portions of the Upper Mississippi River infested with Asian carp, adding evidence to fears about the invader’s threat to native species, according to a new study.

Adam Minter on why secondhand markets are the true circular economies

Read the full story in Waste Dive.

Waste Dive spoke with the “Junkyard Planet” author about what the waste industry can learn from the reuse sector, textile recycling trends and e-waste misconceptions he found writing “Secondhand.”

EPA Recycling Summit emphasizes need for urgent action, shies away from regulatory changes

Read the full story at Waste Dive.

Officials and industry representatives touted progress, including upcoming voluntary recycling goals, but expressed confidence the market can handle this evolution with minimal policy interference

Assessment of Citations of the Retracted Article by Wakefield et al With Fraudulent Claims of an Association Between Vaccination and Autism

Suelzer EM, Deal J, Hanus KL, Ruggeri B, Sieracki R, Witkowski E. “Assessment of Citations of the Retracted Article by Wakefield et al With Fraudulent Claims of an Association Between Vaccination and Autism.” JAMA Netw Open. 2019;2(11):e1915552. doi:

Key Points

Question  What are the characteristics of citations of the retracted 1998 article by Wakefield et al that purported to show an association between the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine and autism?

Findings  In this cross-sectional bibliographic analysis of 1153 works citing the article by Wakefield et al, citation characteristics were mostly negative, but since the notice of retraction was issued in 2010, many of the citing works published afterward did not indicate that the article was retracted.

Meaning  The findings suggest that improvements are needed from publishers, bibliographic databases, and citation management software to ensure that retracted articles are accurately documented.


Importance  The number of citations can be used to show the influence of an article or to measure the validity of a research study. The article by Wakefield et al that fraudulently reported an association between vaccination and autism continues to accumulate citations even after it was retracted.

Chemours Claims “Negligible” Role in PFAS Contamination

Read the full story at Waste360.

Bloomberg Environment, however, reports that Chemours increased its estimate of how much it will cost to fix its PFAS problems in documents filed with the SEC.

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