For these are not remnants of a heroic age,
but middens of a culture of distraction and disposability.
They are mundane, trivial, unnecessary — and fatal.
Philosopher Hannah Arendt
Convinced that petroleum-based plastics represent serious threats to the environment, wildlife, and human health, I draw on my scientific training to translate recent research findings about plastics into something hopefully informative and palatable to the public.
The original 12 articles in this series appeared in Vall-E-Vents, the newsletter for the San Fernando Valley Chapter of the Sierra Club. More recent articles concerning plastics have appeared in various environmental magazines & newsletters and in local southern California newspapers.
2018 – November: What Do Beer, Oysters, Salt Air & Tap Water Have in Common?
2017 – October: Plastic Ocean Pollution a Driver of Climate Change?
2016 – May: A Twofer: Carbon Tax Solves Both Climate Change and Plastic Ocean Pollution
2015 – April: Tide Turning Against Plastic Microbeads in Toiletries
2014 – May: Youthful Skin Comes at Cost to Ocean Food Web
November: BPA Regulatory Reform Moves Glacially Slow
May: Mid-Ocean Plastics Cleanup Schemes: Too Little Too Late?
March: Plastics-Free Living: Beyond the Low Hanging Fruit
February: Chemicals in Plastics Foster Diseases Passed on to Future Generations
January: Plastic Debris Delivers Triple Toxic Whammy, Ocean Study Shows
November: Greening Laundry Day: Avoid Polyester Fabrics
August: Huntington Beach Next City to Ban Plastic Bags?
June: Curb Exposure to BPA and Phthalate Through Diet
March: “BPA-Free” Label No Guarantee That Plastics Are Safe
January: BPA Chemical Lookalike Potentially More Risky
October: Toxins in Toyland: A Scientist’s Timely Caveat Emptor
March: All That Shines Is Not Gold
November: San Francisco Nixes Plastic Toxins
July: Breaking Our Addiction to Plastics
March: Can Bioplastics Save Us?
February: Plastics Damaging To Health: Fetuses and Children Particularly at Risk
January: Plastics — an Unhealthy Habit?
November: Thirsty Californians Trash the State
November: Is Bottled Water Really Safer? Billions of Plastic Bottles Harm the Environment
September: Plastics in the Food Chain
July: Plastics for Dinner
May: Plastics Plague: From a “fix it” to a “throw away” society