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Interactive Map of World Ocean Pollution Shows is the Plastic Most Common Type

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Gina-Marie Cheeseman

 Monday May 26th, 2014 

Plastic pollution in the world’s oceans is a huge problem. Plastic makes up the majority of all trash floating in the ocean, with 46,000 pieces per square mile, according to TakePart

Plastic does not biodegrade but photodegrades with sunlight and breaks down into smaller pieces. 

Those smaller pieces are consumed by marine life or washed up on beaches.

There are great, big floating masses of plastic debris within the oceans; more than 100,000 marine mammals and 1 million seabirds die every year from eating or becoming entangled in plastic. 

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch lies in the North Pacific Gyre off the California coast. 

The plastic pieces that make up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch–which is around twice the size of Texas–outnumber marine life by six to one.

Even the Arctic Ocean has plastic debris: USA Today recently reported that the Arctic Ocean may have “trillio…

INDIA : Coca-Cola, Jain Irrigation to scale up mango farming project


Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages and Jain Irrigation are to scale up their joint initiative `Project Unnati' with investments of Rs 50 crore over a period of 10 years.

After achieving the desired results in Phase 1, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages and Jain Irrigation Systems have decided to scale up five-fold the mango farming project for the end-supply of mango juice. The initiative will reach 25,000 farmers in Phase 2.

The project will identify farmers holding an area of 50,000 acres and support them in adopting the Ultra High Density Plantation (UHDP) technology. 

Selected farmers will be provided assistance for using this technology during the duration of the project.

The UHDP technique enables plantation of nearly 600 trees on an acre instead of the conventional method of planting 40 trees, thereby increasing yield and improving the livelihood of the farmers. 

The innovative technique has been standardised and commercialised by Jain Irrigation at its research and develo…

Maersk rejects claims of bribery over Brazil shipping contracts

May 25, 2014 8:09 pm

By Joe Leahy in São Paulo

The Denmark-based Maersk Group has rejected allegations that it bribed an official of Brazil’s state-owned Petrobras to accept shipping contracts.

According to the claims, which surfaced over the weekend in the Brazilian magazine Época, Maersk paid commissions to a Brazilian broker, Gandra Brokerage, which paid bribes to Paulo Roberta Costa, who was then head of refining and fuel supply at Petrobras, in exchange for tanker contracts.

Maersk denied paying any bribes, saying the use of brokers in the shipping industry was standard practice and that all payments made to Gandra had been made through normal banking channels in Brazil with invoices. 

It said it had no contracts with Mr Costa.

“The Maersk Group reiterates its policy of working against corruption,”
the company said.

The allegations came as part of a widening investigation by federal police into money launde…

PACTO DE DICTADORES: Rafael Correa anuncia reelección indefinida

@DolarToday / May 25, 2014 @ 9:00 pm

Siguiendo el ejemplo de Venezuela, neodictador de Ecuador, Rafael Correa, inició hoy el segundo año de su tercer mandato apoyando una iniciativa del oficialismo para que se enmiende la Carta Magna a fin de establecer la reelección indefinida, aviso que no sentó bien a los opositores.

El pasado 1 de mayo, el movimiento oficialista Alianza País (AP) resolvió en su convención pedir a su bloque de legisladores, de mayoría en el Parlamento, enmendar la Constitución para la reelección presidencial.

En su informe ante la Asamblea Nacional (Parlamento), al cumplirse este sábado el primer aniversario de su tercer mandato, Correa apoyó públicamente esa decisión y dijo que solicitará al bloque de asambleístas “que se enmiende la Constitución de la República para establecer la reelección indefinida en todos los cargos de elección popular”.

Ello “para que sea el pueblo ecuatoriano el que, con toda libertad, elija la continuidad o alternancia de sus dirigentes”, ind…


U.S.A. : Newly Elected FPAA Chairman Matt Mandel shares produce industry vision

May 26th, 2014

The recently elected chairman of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA) has started his rein by questioning the very model in which fruits and vegetables are sold, and whether the industry can rise to the task of meeting rising demand worldwide.

When asked about his vision for produce, Matt Mandel he was optimistic but several issues needed to be addressed, like the supply chain structure and adapting to the Food Safey Modernization Act (FSMA).

“The main questions become where does the problem truly lie? Do we need to improve production methods to increase yields, and how best to do so?”
said Mandel, who is also the VP of sales and marketing at SunFed in the Arizona border city of Nogales.

“Do we need to re-create our ideas of what a supply chain is and how we transport goods to ensure that everything we produce is quickly and efficiently transported to …