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Janet Smarr
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"Plastiv Planet":
"The researchers found that enough plastic has been manufactured since the mid-20th century to cover the Earth in a single layer of plastic wrap, and that barring a big change in current trends, by 2050 there will about 40 billion tons of plastic on Earth—enough to wrap the planet six times over.

The study was published in the journal Anthropocene; scientists increasingly use the term to refer to the present time because humans have become the dominant force shaping the planet’s environment.

Plastic objects decompose to some extent, leaving behind fossil-like traces that geologists have termed “techno fossils.” “So if one simply takes plastic and buries it, away from sunlight and erosion, it will leave a mark in the rocks of the future,” Zalasiewicz said. “I have no doubt that we will leave a layer that, looked at by anybody from the far future, shows fossilized plastic bottles and all the other things we make from plastic.”

The researchers found there is almost nowhere left on Earth where plastic has not been deposited by wind or water.

More than 330 million tons of plastic are produced a year, or about 88 pounds for each of the world’s 7 billion people—roughly the weight of the global population." 

for the full essay, see http://www.takepart.com/article/2016/01/29/earth-becoming-plastic-planet?cmpid=tpdaily-eml-2016-01-29
A new study says future geologists will be able to study our era based on the layer of plastic debris collecting worldwide.
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High levels of a potentially deadly neurotoxin likely means you won't be eating Dungeness crabs anytime soon.
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Yup they had to push back the start of crab season in HMB. :( looks like we'll need a turkey for thanksgiving after all! ;)
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These figures from the League of Women Voters:

Millions of dollars raised by Super PACs backing presidential candidates in the first six months of this year: 258
Millions of dollars raised by Super PACs backing presidential candidates at this point in the 2012 cycle: 16
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I assume that's why most of these guys run. They stand to make a ton of money. 
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Lung cancer will kill about 160,000 Americans this year. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Florida say that they have found and been able to successfully use a trigger in cancer cells to stop ...
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A pair of veteran cybersecurity researchers have shown they can use the Internet to turn off a car's engine as it drives, sharply escalating the stakes in the debate about the safety of increasingly
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"In a recent post on the Malala Fund blog, Yousafzai shared startling statistics gleaned from a UNESCO report. "If the whole world stopped spending money on the military for just 8 days, we could have the $39 billion needed to provide 12 years of free, quality education to every child on the planet," she wrote."

(from http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/07/10/10-pics-show-why-be-down-malalas-books-not-bullets?cmpid=tpdaily-eml-2015-07-10) 
C'mon, take another selfie—one that supports universal education.
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You enter a room with two cages. One contains a friend, who is clearly distressed. The other contains a bar of chocolate, which clearly isn’t. What do you do? While a few people would probably go for the chocolate first (and you know who you are), most would choose to free the friend. And so, …
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A new study finds that one type of sunscreen kills precious coral—but others don't.
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Maryland decides to count health and environmental costs in the cost-benefit calculation re permits for energy development! 

http://earthjustice.org/blog/2015-august/maryland-takes-the-lead-on-energy-efficiency-and-cost-savings?utm_source=crm&utm_content=Dambutton&curation=ebrief
Maryland is now one of the nation’s top five states for energy efficiency, thanks to the advocacy of Earthjustice, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club and a groundbreaking decision from the state’s Public Service Commission.
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I love this mix of modern high tech and ancient ways.
Groups of women in Kenya are hauling solar devices on donkeys from village to village, providing light and power to homes along the way.
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A great step forward.
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  • UCSD
    Prof, Dept of Theatre & Dance, and Italian Studies Program, present
  • Univ of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
    Prof. of Comparative Literature, 1980 - 2000
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Prof. of Theatre History, Italian, and Comparative Literature ( Renaissance )
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  • Brown University, Princeton University
    English, 1966 - 1970
  • Princeton University
    Comparative Literature, 1970 - 1975
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