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A federal judge on Monday threw out a closely watched lawsuit brought by two California cities against fossil fuel companies over the costs of dealing with climate change. The decision is a stinging defeat for the plaintiffs, San Francisco and Oakland, and raises warning flags for other local governments around the United States that have filed similar suits, including New York City.
The legislation kicked in at the weekend, and also includes a ban on plastic bags and products made out of polystyrene.
Experts have warned plastic pollution is “slowly killing the human race” as it has spread to every part of the Earth. Shocking data revealed traces of microplastics were found even in remote parts of the Southern Ocean, hundreds of miles away from land. Turn The Tide on Plastic, a vessel currently competing in Volvo’s Ocean Race, collected the seawater samples during its 45,000-mile journey across the world. High readings of plastic were detected close to largely populated areas, with the Western Mediterranean showing 307 particles per cubic meter of seawater, Sky News reported.
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