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Subject: Skeptoid: The Trashy Secret of Plastic Bag Bans
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Skeptoid #711: THE TRASHY SECRET OF PLASTIC BAG BANS
All around the world, bans on plastic carryout bags are being passed faster than you can keep track, especially in western countries like the United States where environmental sentiment is most prolific. The idea behind the bans is simple and self-evident: a reduction in waste and litter, and a corresponding reduction in associated environmental impacts like greenhouse gases. At first glance, it seems like a perfectly rational step. Shoppers will turn to lower-impact options like reusable bags or easily-recyclable paper bags. The environment will benefit. Or will it? For it turns out that, from end-to-end, virtually every single belief that informs these bans is based on misinformation; and as a result, bans on plastic carryout bags do more harm than good. Most people have heard this claim, and many have dismissed it as pro-industry propaganda. Today we're going to look at the underlying data and uncover the real facts. by Brian Dunning
WONDER OF THE WEEK
Incredible how gullible even science news can be
An uninteresting frame of FLIR footage that TTSA says is interesting
Today's Wonder of the Week illustrates my wonder at how gullible even science news can be.
Contributed by Brian Dunning.
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