Africa is leading the world in plastic bag bans — Quartz Africa

As of June 1, travelers to Tanzania will have to pack very carefully. The country announced the implementation of the second phase of its plastic bag ban on May 16. Visitors are advised to avoid packing or carrying any plastic bags as they’ll have to leave these at a designated desk in the airport. The first phase of the country’s anti-plastic initiative began in 2017 to “protect the youth and environment,” with an initial ban on the manufacture of plastic bags and in-country distribution. Phase two extends to tourists. “The government does not intend for visitors to Tanzania to find their stay unpleasant as we enforce the ban,” said a statement from vice president Samia Suluhu’s office. “However, the government expects that, in appreciation of the imperative to protect the environment and keep our country clean and beautiful, our visitors will accept minor inconveniences resulting from the plastic bags ban.” There are exceptions to the new rule for medical, industrial, construction, agricultural, and waste management packaging, as well as for the small “ziploc” bags used to carry toiletries (as long as these leave the country when the visitors do). Still, Tanzania aims to be pl...

It Was Just a Kayaking Trip. Until It Upended Our Lives.

A weeklong trip in Alaska was supposed to be an adventure. In an instant, it became the experience that defined us all. A weeklong trip in Alaska was supposed to be an adventure. In an instant, it became the experience that defined us all. The whale sighting happened right away, minutes into Day 1. Jon, Dave and I had just been dropped off on a remote Alaskan shoreline, an hour and a half by boat from the closest speck of a town. Jon was working as a sea-kayaking guide that summer in Glacier Bay National Park, and he had invited us up for a seven-day excursion during his week off. As the boat that delivered us vanished, the drone of its engine dampening into a murmur and then finally trailing off, it became unthinkably quiet on the beach, and the largeness and strangeness of our surroundings were suddenly apparent. It was a familiar phenomenon for Jon from the start of all his trips: a moment that people instinctually paused to soak in. To me, it felt like those scenes of astronauts who, having finally rattled free of the earth’s atmosphere, slip into the stillness of space. Except we weren’t in space. We were on earth — finally, really on earth. We were only starting to move ar...

What We Know About Those Suspicious Devices Right Now

Packages addressed to Hillary Clinton, former President Obama, billionaire George Soros, ex-Attorney General Eric Holder, former CIA director John Brennan, Rep. Maxine Waters – who was sent two — Joe Biden and Robert de Niro all appear to have the same characteristics. NBC has team coverage. Over the last four days, 12 suspected or confirmed pipe bombs have been sent to high-profile Democrats and supporters in five states, mostly in New York. New details continue to emerge about the delivery, contents and treatment of each of those packages — all of which shared the same bulky, manila packaging and the same return address. Sources say the devices were made from PVC pipe and contained a timer to set off the detonator. The powder in the bombs came from pyrotechnics and there was likely shrapnel inside the PVC pipes, the sources say. However officials have since revealed that were flawed and not capable of exploding. It was unclear whether they were hoaxes or just poorly made. Plastic Injection Molding, Wholesale Plastic Injection Molding – Hong Cheng Long,https://www.xmhclsl.com/