Maine Becomes First State To Make Businesses Pay For Packaging Waste | Earthwhile

Maine Gov. Janet Mills has signed a first-in-the-nation bill that will shift the cost of disposing packaging materials away from Maine communities and onto the companies that create them.

Conservation groups cheered the passage of the bill on Tuesday.

Sarah Nichols of the Natural Resources Council of Maine says when the program gets going it will provide millions of dollars to Maine towns and cities that have struggled to fund recycling programs in recent years.

Source: Maine Becomes First State To Make Businesses Pay For Packaging Waste | Earthwhile

Opinion | Stop pleading with anti-vaxxers and start mandating vaccinations – The Washington Post

It’s time to get serious about coronavirus vaccinations. Stop pleading and start mandating.

For the past six months, President Biden, joined by every public health authority in the land, has been begging Americans to get vaccinated. The “pretty, please” approach isn’t working. According to The Post’s covid-19 tracker, in the past week, daily reported covid-19 cases rose 66 percent, covid-related hospitalizations rose 28 percent, and daily reported covid-19 deaths rose 20 percent. With the delta variant spreading across the country, every single state has seen an increase in cases over the past seven days.

This is a preventable tragedy. Over 99 percent of covid-19 deaths in June were among the unvaccinated. Yet even as evidence grows that vaccines are safe and effective, resistance to them is also growing.

Source: Opinion | Stop pleading with anti-vaxxers and start mandating vaccinations – The Washington Post

Plastic Free July and the importance of recycling in Jamaica

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It’s Plastic Free July. This is a global initiative founded by the Plastic Free Foundation back in 2011, to rid the world of plastic waste.

In our own lives, we are trying to reduce the amount of plastic we use. You know, the old “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” mantra. This is hard. We have taken some steps: we now use wooden toothbrushes and shampoo bars and regular soap, in the bathroom, instead of picking up yet another plastic bottle in the supermarket. That’s a small gesture as a consumer, but I wish there was more we could do, and there probably is. That’s the “reduce” part. We also reuse plastic that we know cannot be recycled if we throw it away – in particular packaging of all kinds. I get angry when I see a few vegetables “packaged” quite unnecessarily in supermarkets, on a styrofoam plate covered in plastic wrap. Why?

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Las sandalias

Santiago Galicia Rojon Serrallonga

SANTIAGO GALICIA ROJON SERRALLONGA

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Un día antes, en el monasterio, el monje habló a sus discípulos acerca de las apariencias, las superficialidades y la petulancia que condenan a millones de hombres y mujeres, en todo el mundo, principalmente en occidente. Citó las prisiones que la gente fabrica, los anfiteatros y las trampas que los seres humanos construyen al rivalizar racialmente, por su aspecto, por sus grados académicos, por sus creencias y por el dinero, el poder y las cosas materiales que obtienen y, erróneamente, no utilizan para trascender. Mostró a sus alumnos, sorprendidos, carteles con fotogafías de calzado moderno. Se asombraron al detectar la incomodidad de la mayor parte de los modelos, unos que oprimían las puntas de los pies y otros, en tanto, que exigían mantener equilibrio, impedían caminar libremente, presionaban la corriente sanguínea, bloqueaban las terminales nerviosas y agotaban. El maestro…

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COVID-19 antibodies last up to 9 months following infection, study finds – UPI.com

People infected with COVID-19 continue to produce antibodies against the virus for up to nine months, whether or not they experienced symptoms, a study published Monday by Nature Communications found.

Just under 99% residents of Vo, Italy — which saw a high volume of cases in the early stages of the pandemic — who were infected in February or March of last year still had antibodies against the virus in November, the data showed.

Source: COVID-19 antibodies last up to 9 months following infection, study finds – UPI.com

Opinion | Dolly Parton Tried to Get Tennessee Vaccinated. But It’s Not Enough. – The New York Times

She gave it a good try, a heroic try, but somehow the bonehead politicians running this state managed to overcome even the good will generated by its favorite daughter.

Remember how hopeful we were when the new Covid-19 vaccines arrived so astonishingly quickly, and were so astonishingly effective and safe? As a nation — politically, institutionally, too often personally — we’d botched almost everything about this pandemic, and we did not deserve a miracle. The miracle arrived anyway.

Democrats launch immigration reform Hail Mary – POLITICO

Taking that backdoor approach to immigration, which wouldn’t require a single GOP vote, could cast a chill over any future attempts at bipartisan reform. But those bipartisan talks have stalled out in the Senate after nearly a dozen meetings, and Democrats have perhaps their only opportunity at going around Republicans on the issue.

Though a long way short of a comprehensive overhaul, Congress’s fiercest immigration advocates are embracing it.

“We have had an every-which-way approach to immigration reform,” said Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.), who leads the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and began pushing for the idea in January. “This is currently our best effort.”

Source: Democrats launch immigration reform Hail Mary – POLITICO

Ask a Pediatrician: Is It Safe To Get My Teenager Vaccinated Against COVID-19? – Gothamist (Me: Doc says – YES)

The CDC still recommends vaccination against COVID-19 for young adults 12 and older, as does the American Academy of Pediatrics and a whole host of other medical associations.

For parents who still have lingering questions, we enlisted pediatrician and infectious disease expert Dr. Sean O’Leary, director of the Colorado Pediatric Practice-Based Research Network and vice-chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Infectious Diseases, to discuss the risks and benefits of COVID-19 vaccination in greater depth.

His answers have been edited for length and clarity.

Since data collection on the vaccines is ongoing, some parents may think it’s better to put off getting their children vaccinated, or “wait and see.” Do you think that makes sense or should people get their kids vaccinated as soon as possible?

I think the sooner, the better, frankly, for everyone. That’s for two reasons. The first is that the higher the vaccination rate, the sooner we will get past all of this. And you’re probably well aware that we’re seeing COVID-19 cases rise now in most of the U.S. And that’s in the summertime when normally respiratory viruses go semi-dormant.

Source: Ask a Pediatrician: Is It Safe To Get My Teenager Vaccinated Against COVID-19? – Gothamist

COVID vaccines work. Why is L.A. mask mandate necessary? – Los Angeles Times (Me: Newspaper should not join in on disregarding health advice from health department! Article slanted toward masks maybe not needed)

L.A. County officials are now worried that unvaccinated people instead responded by not masking up in required settings. And with cases and hospitalizations growing, authorities say they hope reinstituting masking as a social norm will help reduce disease transmission.

“We’re not where we need to be for the millions at risk of infection here in Los Angeles County, and waiting to do something will be too late given what we’re seeing now,” said Dr. Muntu Davis, the county’s health officer.

In essence, they hope requiring everyone to wear masks indoors will force the unvaccinated to do so, giving them more protection.

Source: COVID vaccines work. Why is L.A. mask mandate necessary? – Los Angeles Times