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  • Cancer is "the leading cause of firefighter line-of-duty deaths in the United States;" 60% of career firefighters will die this way
  • greater risk of contracting multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, prostate, and testicular cancers"
  • Researchers believe chemicals in synthetic materials are increasing cancer rates
  • The study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, looked at 186 species of pelagic seabirds.
  • The researchers looked at previous studies done on seabirds between 1962 and 2012; 29% of birds studied had ingested plastic in 1962.
  • "Concentrations of plastic now as high as 580,000 pieces" per sq/k of ocean.
  • "Trace amounts of toxic substances used to make plastics don’t contaminate the food or beverages they contain."
  • "Those plastic products may cause health concerns decades after they’ve been used and thrown in the trash bin."
  • "Lead, mercury, chromium, cadmium, and antimony [...] can cause numerous health problems such as neurological and renal damage."
  • Daimler's new self-driving truck, "which drives steadily in a single lane instead of impatiently trying to get ahead, is estimated to be able to help cut fuel consumption by 5%."
  • "By 2017, trucks could potentially cut fuel use by 35%."
  • Two “Plains All American Pipeline” pump stations that move oil through a 11-mile pipeline along the Gaviota Coast ruptured.
  • The company estimates about 21,000 gallons of crude went into the water.
  • “Investigators won’t find a cause for the rupture until they excavate the 24-inch wide line, which was installed in 1987, according to a joint statement from government and company officials.”
  • Attorney to General Kamala D. Harris: "This oil spill has scarred the scenic Santa Barbara coast, natural habitats and wildlife. My office is working closely with our state and federal partners on an investigation of this conduct to ensure we hold responsible parties accountable.”
  • The cause of the oil spill remains under investigation.
  • The program, now 1 yr old, expanded its service to 10 pilot neighborhoods to determine viability of adding organics diversion to waste management system
  • Organic waste accounts for 1/3 of NYC residential curbside waste; participation rate is about 16% so far
  • This next year will focus on improving the front-end contamination, determining preprocessing options, and planning for long term processing needs
  • Seattle has approved the new ban to increase recycling and composting in the city
  • Starting July 1, any single-family trash container with more than 10% recyclables or food waste by volume will face a $1 fine on the next garbage bill
  • Multi-family property owners with too much food waste in trash will get up to 2 warning notices, and then a $50 fine.
  • New study identifies major sources of plastic debris; names top 20 countries generating the greatest amount of ocean-bound trash. China, 1st. The United States, 20th. The rest of the list includes 11 other Asian countries, Turkey, five African countries, and Brazil.
  • The United States made the top 20 despite having a highly developed collection system for two reasons: It has a large, dense coastal population; and it is a large consumer of products.
  • US science agency Noaa study: for the first time since records began, the parts per million (ppm) of CO2 in the atmosphere were over 400 globally for a month.
  • The measure is the key indicator of the amount of planet-warming gases humans are putting into the atmosphere at record rates; the current concentrations are unprecedented in millions of years.
  • The new global record comes roughly three decades after what is considered the ‘safe’ level of 350ppm was passed.
  • Increased use of Geo services are largely due to Google’s efforts to popularize map apps
  • According to Oxera report, the use of the tools in routing and logistics alone is worth $22 Billion in fuel costs and time saved
  • Investments in data collection, open data policies, and the need for greater education are noted as major drivers for continued growth
  • for the first time, study quantifies how much garbage flows into the world's oceans every year.
  • In 2010, eight million tons of plastic trash ended up in the ocean from coastal countries—far more than the total that has been measured floating on the surface in the ocean's "garbage patches."
  • the tonnage is on target to increase tenfold in the next decade
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