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Common method of making plastic "biodegradeable" seems to be useless, in some types.

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[Via my friend David. Well, this is a drag: scientists buried biodegradeable plastics for three years, found it doesn't degrade. Your water bottle may become an archaeological find. *RON*]

By Ian Steadman, New Statesman, 31 March 2015
Gardeners beware - those "compostable" bin bags might not so readily turn into soil. A study published in Environmental Science & Technology has found that many common biodegradeable plastics, aren't - and that recycling is a much better bet.

There are typically two ways to make plastics degrade faster than they otherwise would: either add stuff to them to make them break down faster, or make them out of biological materials like vegetable oil or corn starch. The researchers, from Michigan State University, were specifically interested in the first set, and did what has to be done when testing how fast something rots - they buried a bunch of different plastics, for three years, and then dug them…

Spain's anti-austerity Podemos neck-to-neck with mainstream parties: Poll

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[Spain's anti-austerity Podemos would win an election by a razor-thin margin if it were held now, a poll showed. The new leftist party is running virtually neck-to-neck with the two mainstream parties. The other new anti-austerity party, Cuidadanos, is equally in the running. *RON*]

By Sonya Dowsett, Reuters, 12 April 2015

MADRID: Spain's anti-austerity Podemos would win an election by a razor-thin margin if it were held now, a poll showed, but the new leftist party has lost some support in recent months and is running virtually neck-to-neck with the two mainstream parties.

Podemos ("We Can") surprised by taking five seats in elections for the European Parliament last May, just months after its formation, demonstrating how austerity-weary Spaniards were turning away from establishment parties.

Podemos led the poll carried out by Metroscopia for El Pais newspaper for the fourth month in a row, garnering 22.1 percent support. Howeve…

B.C.’s Clark Said to Skip Quebec Summit for World Bank Event

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[What's the point of a First Ministers' summit on pipelines and climate change without Jim Prentice or Christy Clark in the room? These Premiers must realize they can't hide from this issue forever. *RON*]
by Josh Wingrove, Bloomberg Business, 10 April 2015

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark, a key figure in Canada’s talks over pipelines and emissions policy, will skip a climate summit in Quebec next week to speak at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund about her province’s carbon tax, a person familiar with her plans says.

Clark will attend an April 17 session of the World Bank and IMF’s 2015 Spring Meetings to discuss her province’s experience, according to a government official who asked not to be identified because the appearance hasn’t been made public.

The meeting offers a global stage for a premier who has kept emissions from rising and whose Pacific-coast province lies between Canada’s landlocked oil sands and glob…