The End of Plastic Bottles? New Plant-Based Ones Will Degrade in a Year

Report Details Coronavirus Spread Within UK Hospitals ; Lawmaker Claims Hitler Was Not a White Supremacist ; and More Picks

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The author writes, “Beer and soft drinks could soon be sipped from ‘all-plant’ bottles under new plans to turn sustainably grown crops into plastic in partnership with major beverage makers. A biochemicals company in the Netherlands hopes to kickstart investment in a pioneering project that hopes to make plastics from plant sugars rather than fossil fuels.” Photo credit: Fabio Achilli / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
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In California’s Crowded Prison System, COVID-19 Takes the Vulnerable (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “California owns 34 prisons. At least four of those are now dealing with outbreaks of COVID-19: the California Institution for Men, the nearby California Institution for Women, the Los Angeles County prison and the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo. All told, more than 600 prisoners and nearly 200 staffers have tested positive for the virus.”

Report Details Coronavirus Spread Within UK Hospitals (Mili)

The author writes, “Up to 20 per cent of patients who have contracted coronavirus caught the disease while seeking treatment in hospital for another illness, senior NHS figures have revealed.”

PODCAST: The Beginning of Coronavirus (Chris)

From the BBC: It is week one of the coronavirus. In this critical time, decisions were made that set the entire trajectory of the crisis. The program uses exclusive interviews with a cast of characters who were on the ground at the hospital in the very beginning.”

Why a Struggling Rust Belt City Pinned Its Hopes on a Self-Chilling Beverage Can (Chris)

The author writes, “Welcome to Youngstown, Ohio, home of Chill-Can, the self-chilling beverage container you’ve probably never heard of. Officials have gambled millions of dollars and demolished a neighborhood for the product. Not one job has been created yet.”

Lawmaker Claims Hitler Was Not a White Supremacist (Reader Steve)

From the Houston Chronicle: “The uproar began when an Alaska lawmaker emailed all 39 of his statehouse colleagues to compare health screening stickers to the badges that singled out Jews during the Holocaust.”

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