Burying Manhattan? Another fear-mongering headline from AP

The Associated Press has a truly stupid headline today that is reprinted throughout the U.S.: "World's plastic waste could bury Manhattan 2 miles deep." The purpose of the article and headline is to predict disaster and scare the people, especially the children, by implying that we are destroying the Earth. Industry has made more than 9.1 billion tons of plastic since 1950 and there's enough left over to bury Manhattan under more than two miles of trash, according to a new cradle-to-grave global study. They calculated that of the 9.1 billion tons made, nearly 7 billion tons are no longer used. Only 9 percent got recycled and another 12 percent was incinerated, leaving 5.5 billion tons of plastic waste on land and in water. "At the current rate, we are really heading toward a plastic planet," said study lead author Roland Geyer, an industrial ecologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara. "It is something we need to pay...(Read Full Post)