The Daily Populous

Wednesday March 6th, 2019 day edition

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Plastic pollution is causing immense harm to the world’s ecosystems and governments around the world are beginning to curb plastic production in accordance with the United Nations’ Global Goals.

Stories of whales, turtles, and seabirds with guts filled with plastic have become increasingly common.

In the Mariana Trench, the deepest point of the ocean, every single amphipod captured had at least one plastic fiber in its stomach, according to the research published Wednesday in the journal Royal Society Open Science.

Alan Jamieson, the lead author of the report, told the Atlantic that the plastic likely harms the creatures in multiple ways.

If enough plastic is in an animal’s stomach, the creature could mistakenly think it's full and starve to death as a result.

Plastic can also be a magnet for toxic chemicals such as polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, that disrupt the health of animals.

It’s likely that amphipods are similarly harmed by plastic and, if that’s the case, then plastic pollution poses an existential to marine ecosystems. »

Wisconsin man charged with breaking measles quarantine to go to gym

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A Wisconsin man has been criminally charged with breaking a measles quarantine by leaving his home to go to the gym, according to court documents.

Murawski allegedly admitted to breaking the quarantine because "he was going crazy," having had to stay inside since April 26.

It is unclear if Murawski had measles at the time or was under quarantine in case he was infected. »

President pressured staff to grant security clearance to Ivanka Trump

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Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump pressured his then-chief of staff John Kelly and White House counsel Don McGahn to grant his daughter and senior adviser Ivanka Trump a security clearance against their recommendations, three people familiar with the matter told CNN.

The President's crusade to grant clearances to his daughter and her husband, Jared Kushner, rankled West Wing officials.

The development comes on the heels of Thursday's New York Times report that President Trump ordered Kelly to grant Kushner a top secret security clearance despite concerns raised by intelligence officials. »