4 articles on the plastic industry

Civil Eats discusses how the pandemic is creating a plastic boom. Efforts to ban single-use plastic have come to a screeching halt, without evidence that plastic is safer than other reusable packaging.

The Intercept discusses how the plastics industry is asking for a $1B coronavirus bailout.

Inside Climate News discusses why developers have put a plastics plant in Ohio on indefinite hold, citing the Covid-19 pandemic. The announcement was a setback for the Trump administration and local officials, who want to bring petrochemicals to a region heavily invested in fracking.

Wired discusses how ‘Microplastic Hot Spots’ are tainting deep-sea ecosystems. Scientists found 2 million microplastic particles in a square meter of sediment, as currents drag debris into seafloor versions of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

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