Big Pharma Toxic Waste Pollution
Following the Center for Popular Democracy's report last month (exposing major pharmaceutical companies' dumping of toxic waste in Puerto Rico) - pharma companies are now facing future financial implications. The European Commission has just this week revealed 'that 92 per cent of toxic micropollutants in water came from pharmaceuticals and personal care products and new rules would require companies to pay for the upgrade of water treatment plants required for their removal.' The commission estimated impact on manufacturers' profit margins of up to 0.9 per cent by 2040.
- Pharma and cosmetics groups targeted by tougher EU water rules
- Big Pharma Is Flooding Puerto Rico With Toxic Waste
- Report: Exposing the Industry’s Environmental Degradation in Puerto Rico
- It's Not Just Maiden Pharmaceuticals. India's Health Care Authorities Also Need To Take The Blame For The Gambian Fiasco
California Plastic Producer Probe
The petrochemical and plastic industries are being heavily scrutinized for their role in the global plastic pollution crisis. Greenwashing allegations have spurred California's attorney general to demand Novolex, Inteplast and Papier-Mettler substantiate claims that their bags used by California retailers are recyclable - with concerns over their misleading language and symbols that falsely suggest to consumers their bags can be recycled.
US Banks Cyber Ransomware Risk
A new record $1.2 billion in potential ransomware-related payments was recorded by US banks and financial institutions in 2021, a new report by FinCEN reveals. FinCEN said there were 1,489 ransomware incidents costing nearly $1.2 billion last year, a substantial rise from $416 million in damages recorded in 2020, according to the report.
- California expands plastic producer probe into bag manufacturers
- U.S. banks paid nearly $1.2B in ransomware last year
6G Research Initiatives
Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications will set aside 66.2 billion yen ($450 million) support research and development into next-generation 6G wireless networks over several years. The technology is earmarked to offer communication speeds more than 10 times faster than current 5G standards and supposedly reduce power consumption - boosting global decabonisation efforts.
- Japan to earmark $450m for next-gen 6G research fund
- Deutsche Telekom Leads 6G NeXt Research Consortium
- Samsung establishes new 6G research group
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