The weather, currently.
We wake up today to our low of 13˚C, with another cloudy start to the week and a high chance of showers in both the morning and afternoon. We’re heading for a very mild top of 17˚C. There is a chance of a thunderstorm and winds will be south-westerly at 15 to 25 km/h tending westerly from a rather gusty 30 to 45 km/h in the morning. Gale force wind warnings are present on Port Phillip and Western Port Bays, and the Central, Central Gippsland and East Gippsland Coasts. Strong wind warnings are in place for the Gippsland Lakes and West Coast. We’re in for another unseasonably wet and cool week, so if the sunshine materialises, take advantage of it.
— Megan Herbert
What you need to know, currently.
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San Diego and Los Angeles, California’s two largest cities, banned plastic foam last week.
Expanded polystyrene is the plastic that’s often used in disposable coffee cups and takeout containers. Although it’s lightweight and cheap, it can crumble into microplastic pieces, tiny plastic shards that can creep into almost anything on Earth—including in people’s bloodstream. The material is also made of styrene, which the World Health Organization classified as “possibly carcinogenic.”
Next April, companies in both cities are not allowed to sell any products made from this plastic foam, though there are some exceptions for products like surfboards and coolers. Los Angeles businesses with fewer than 27 employees have an extra year to comply, while San Diego gave businesses who make less than $500,000 annual, have a one-year extension as well.
Los Angeles and San Diego are among the hundreds of municipalities nationwide that are working to get rid of plastic foam, including eight U.S. states.