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Janet Smarr
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Prof. of Theatre History, Italian, and Comparative Literature ( Renaissance )
Prof. of Theatre History, Italian, and Comparative Literature ( Renaissance )

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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

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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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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

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