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Problem Plastics, Charging Infrastructure, Beyond Meat, Bluetooth, Scooter Madness

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YouGov finds overwhelming support for banning 'problem plastics': By a wide margin, Brits are more likely to support than oppose a ban on each product. Of the 17 products asked about, for 15 of them a majority of the public supports a ban on the items made either entirely or partly out of plastic. Outlawing disposable coffee cups garners the highest level of support, with 80% of people backing a ban on manufacturing such items with plastic, while only 12% opposing it. Clam-shaped takeaway containers drinking straws, and foam egg boxes are in joint second, with 77% of the public supporting them being taken off the shelves.

G20 to tackle ocean plastic waste as petrochemical producers expand in Asia: Reuters reports, Japan wants to make reducing the glut of plastic waste in the oceans a priority at the Group of 20 summit it is hosting this month as governments around the world crack down on such pollution.

Switch to electric cars hit by ‘poor’ charging infrastructure: FT reports, Parliament’s business, energy, and industrial strategy select committee has described Britain’s charging infrastructure as “poor” and “lacking in size and geographical coverage”, and experts say this is one of the biggest barriers to the widespread adoption of electric vehicles in the UK.

Bloomberg: The race to become the Beyond Meat of fish

Skyrocketing demand is depleting oceans and fueling a problematic fish-farming industry.

@AFP: 86% of internet users admit being duped by fake news: survey

Can bluetooth headsets alleviate depression and insomnia?Brain Machine Interfaces are wearable tech that probe the brain’s electrical circuitry.

Automakers tap VR to banish boredom in autonomous cars.

Margaret Renkl: Scooter madness: Cities are swarming with electric scooters. But this is not the ‘micro-mobility revolution’ we need.

#ESP = End Scotter Pollution

Asian countries take a stand against the rich world’s plastic waste: LAT reports, import bans and stiffer global trade rules are putting a halt to the decades-old practice of shipping scrap to developing countries.

MBA Programs, Smartphones, Plastic, Bicycles, Beyond Meat

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WSJ: More universities shut down traditional MBA programs as popularity wanes

Applications to full-time MBA programs have been falling in the strong job market, leading business schools to shift resources online.

LAT: People spend more time on mobile devices than TV, firm says

"In the United States, adults will spend an average of 3 hours and 43 minutes each day on their smartphones, feature phones and tablets this year, eight more minutes than they’ll spend watching TV, according to a forecast released Wednesday by research firm eMarketer."

The backlash to plastic has oil companies worried: Bloomberg reports, the global crackdown on plastic trash threatens to take a big chunk out of demand growth just as oil companies like Saudi Aramco sink billions into plastic and chemicals assets. Royal Dutch Shell Plc, BP Plc, Total SA and Exxon Mobil Corp. are all ramping up investments in the sector.

WP: Fewer kids are riding and buying bicycles, and the industry is worried

"The number of children ages 6 to 17 who rode bicycles regularly — more than 25 times a year — decreased by more than a million from 2014 to 2018, according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association. That includes both casual rides around the neighborhood and more serious cycling for fitness or competition."

Reuters: Beyond Meat's home in the meat aisle sparks food fight

Beyond Meat and its new meatless burger rivals are counting on going head to head with meat inside stores. They avoid terms such as vegan or vegetarian, and request stores do not place their products in the supermarket vegan aisle where non-meat eaters traditionally buy tofu, tempeh, and other plant-based alternatives.