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« on: Saturday, 02 March, 2019 @ 02:28:39 »
Latest I've heard, the controversial biological waste treatment plant between Skala and Poros will open 31/03/19

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« Reply #1 on: Saturday, 02 March, 2019 @ 02:32:07 »
On that subject...

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Wiped out: America's love of luxury toilet paper is destroying Canadian forests

We’re all becoming more aware about the damage single-use plastics and fast fashion has on the environment. Yet there is one product we all throw away every single day that, so far, has not been a major part of conversations about sustainability: toilet paper.

The boreal forest covers almost 60% of Canada and is home to 600 indigenous communities. Its huge size means it can absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, the equivalent to the annual emissions of 24m cars each year.

The report found that major brands’ refusal to switch to sustainable materials in toilet paper is having a devastating impact on forests and climate. About 28m acres of Canadian boreal forest is cut down each year, an area the size of Pennsylvania. Virgin pulp, the key ingredient in toilet paper, accounted for 23% of Canada’s forest product exports.

Americans are particularly to blame for this crisis. They make up just over 4% of the world’s population, yet account for more than 20% of global tissue consumption. The average four-person household in the US uses over 100lb of toilet paper a year.

Are there any options out there to prevent this destruction? Well, in ancient Rome they used a sponge on a stick, which they would then leave in a pot of vinegar to be used again. The Talmud, the central text of Jewish law, prescribes a handful of gravel, with stones to be “the size of an olive, a nut and an egg” for greatest effectiveness.

Fortunately, we are unlikely to have to resort to such measures.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/01/canada-boreal-forest-toilet-paper-us-climate-change-impact-report

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« Reply #2 on: Saturday, 02 March, 2019 @ 02:35:06 »
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Madeleine McCann: Met police chiefs ask for more money to extend investigation
'We are considering a request to extend funding until the end of March 2020,' says Home Office

Metropolitan Police chiefs have asked the Home Office for more money to extend the investigation into Madeleine McCann’s disappearance into its 13th year.

Scotland Yard was given around £150,000 to continue the investigation last October, and the hunt for Madeleine and a suspect has cost about £11.75m so far.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/madeleine-mccann-investigation-police-money-funding-a8803946.html

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Phone scams: Rise in fraudsters making fake HMRC calls

An increasing number of scammers are using landline phone calls to con people out of money, after a crackdown on bogus emails and mobile phone texts.

HM Revenue and Customs said it received 60,000 reports of phone scams in the six months to January 2019 - up 360% compared with the previous six months.

It said conmen pose as tax officials, threatening legal action or jail.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-47422903

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Alka Seltzer health warning as 'daily dose' contains as much salt as 20 bags of crisps

Maximum daily doses of Panadol extra soluble tablets, Beechams cold relief orange flavour and Gaviscon cool mint liquid all contained more than six bags of crisps' worth of salt, the study showed.

A single tablet of Berocca contains the equivalent salt level to 1.4 packets of Walkers crisps.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/03/02/alka-seltzer-health-warning-daily-dose-contains-much-salt-20/

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Ryanair charges customers extra through hidden currency conversion
The airline is ripping off consumers, according to a Which? investigation
https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/ryanair-dynamic-currency-conversion-charges-hidden-cost-flights-rip-off-europe-a8802861.html