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.
This 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.
Oct-17: Plastic Ocean Pollution a Driver of Climate Change?
May-16: A Twofer: Carbon Tax Solves Both Climate Change and Plastic Ocean Pollution
Apr-15: Tide Turning Against Plastic Microbeads in Toiletries
Nov-13: BPA Regulatory Reform Moves Glacially Slow
May-13: Mid-Ocean Plastics Cleanup Schemes: Too Little Too Late?
Mar-13: Plastics-Free Living: Beyond the Low Hanging Fruit
Feb-13: Chemicals in Plastics Foster Diseases Passed on to Future Generations
Jan-13: Plastic Debris Delivers Triple Toxic Whammy, Ocean Study Shows
Nov-11: Greening Laundry Day: Avoid Polyester Fabrics
Aug-11: Huntington Beach Next City to Ban Plastic Bags?
Jun-11: Curb Exposure to BPA and Phthalate Through Diet
Mar-11: “BPA-Free” Label No Guarantee That Plastics Are Safe
Jan-11: BPA Chemical Lookalike Potentially More Risky
Nov-06: San Francisco Nixes Plastic Toxins
Jul-06: Breaking Our Addiction to Plastics
Mar-06: Can Bioplastics Save Us?
Feb-06: Plastics Damaging To Health: Fetuses and Children Particularly at Risk
Jan-06: Plastics — an Unhealthy Habit?
Nov-05: Thirsty Californians Trash the State
Nov-05: Is Bottled Water Really Safer? Billions of Plastic Bottles Harm the Environment
Sep-05: Plastics in the Food Chain
Jul-05: Plastics for Dinner
May-05: The Plastics Plague: From a “fix it” to a “throw away” society