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As we watched President Biden take his oath of office on Wednesday, January 20, among a small mask-wearing throng of dignitaries and politicians, the country faced an unprecedented challenging time ahead. Already 400,000 Americans have died due to COVID-19, and 24 million more cases of the disease have been confirmed. Numerous small shops and family-owned businesses have been forced to close, and the national unemployment rate is 6.7% — double that of the pre-pandemic level. 8 million Americans fell below the poverty line due to the economic aftermaths of the coronavirus pandemic. …

A Biden Administration will have its Work Cut Out for Protecting the Environment and Combating Plastic Pollution

Plastic Pollution still needs a concrete mitigation plan
Plastic Pollution still needs a concrete mitigation plan

The 2020 Presidential election is behind us. Over are the days of the election pundits, TV talking heads, and news updates that essentially had no update. Over are the hoopla of the relentless strikes of news cycles and political ads that came with it. The frustration of defeat and the euphoria of winning are still in the air, but we all know it will dissipate in the next few weeks before a fresh churn of news cycle on the next big thing emerges.

To know Paris is to know a great deal. — Henry Miller

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It was a sun-drenched April day in New York. Outside the United Nations headquarters on First Avenue, the temperature was in the mid-70s and gentle spring breezes swept northward as they often do in the middle of April. Inside the building, the mood was equally radiant. At the Press Center, reporters from all around the world were waiting for Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to come out and announce what he would later characterize as a historic event.

Because, on this day, 22 April 2016, 175 countries, ranging from…

A Global Response to a Global Problem

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8.3 billion metric tons — that’s the amount of plastic produced so far in the history of mankind. That’s enough to fill the Empire State Building 25,000 times from its base to the radio antenna, the Eiffel Tower 822,000 times, the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur close to 225,000 times, and the Statue of Liberty, from pedestal to torch, 37 million times. And in the ocean? By 2050 — and that is within many of our lifetimes — there are going to be more plastic particles in the ocean than even the number of fish.

Synthetic plastic has become…

Shreyan M Mitra

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