Dutch prototype clean-up boom brings Pacific plastics solution a step closer

Clean-up broom for ocean debris

If tests of the 100m-long barrier that collects rubbish on the sea’s surface are successful, it could be deployed at a larger scale in the ‘great Pacific garbage patch’

Senate Rejects Proposed New FBI Surveillance Powers That Would Cull Digital Privacy

digital privacy under attack

The amendment, which was sponsored by Arizona Republican Senator John McCain, received 58 votes. That was two shy of the 60 votes needed to end further debate and move on to lump the amendment into a criminal justice funding bill. 46 Republicans and 11 Democrats supported the ammendent while seven Republicans and 30 Democrats dissented.

The amendment would have permitted the FBI to expand the types of information it collects through a special subpoena tool called a National Security Letter, which allows surveillance without needing a court order. Had the amendment passed, the FBI would be allowed to look at what websites someone visits and for how long, the IP addresses they use as well as email subject lines without needing a court warrant.

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Sanders’ Youth Revolution: Who Will They Support?

Youth montage

History has proven that young people’s votes matter: In 2012, for example, at least 80 electoral votes were dependent upon voters under 30, according to Circle data. Without the youth vote, the swing states of Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, which supported Obama that year, would have gone red. Mitt Romney could have become president.

In the YouGov poll, 32 percent of Sanders supporters under 30 said they’d choose a third-party option if the senator didn’t make the ballot.

For many young Sanders supporters, however, getting a victory in the 2016 presidential election is no longer the point. It’s about 2020 — and beyond.

EA News commentary: The poll conducted here may be informal, but the results show that nine out of 29 students categorically support the Green Party candidate, Jill Stein and two others would pick between her and another candidate. That gives Dr. Stein the largest wedge of supporters when it comes to this sampling of young Bernie Sanders voters.

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Obama To Sign Revamped Toxic Chemical Rules, Give EPA New Authority

EPA given new authority over toxic chemicals

Along with updating rules for tens of thousands of everyday chemicals used in household cleaners, clothing and furniture, the bill also sets safety standards for harmful chemicals like formaldehyde and styrene, and minerals such as asbestos.

The Associated Press reported White House press secretary Josh Earnest saying the bill was an outlier in a political climate in which the two parties agree on little.

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