Friday, April 18, 2014

Spirit- makes Ryan Air look positively sunny

Spirit Airlines' Passenger Complaints: Part of Its Business Model - Businessweek: "If you fly on Spirit Airlines (SAVE) and find the experience unpleasant, odds are your gripe rests not with the specific flight but with the company’s business model. The low-fare, high-fees model requires Spirit to eliminate every possible cost from its operation. The seats won’t recline, there’s no free water—it’s all part of the bargain.

But that doesn’t mean passengers won’t complain about it. Spirit draws roughly three times more complaints to federal transportation officials than any other airline. The rate was about 8 per 100,00 customers over the last five years, according to a report by a consumer group released last week. Spirit says the rate has declined to 5 per 100,000 in the past few months.

The much-maligned airline launched a promotion to “celebrate the 99.99 percent” who don’t lodge complaints with the feds, offering $24 discounts to all. “That’s right, over 99.99 percent of our customers did not file a complaint with the Department of Transportation in 2013,” Spirit declares in a press release. "

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E-waste: Wastes many a life

Toxic Business: India's Informal E-waste Recyclers at Risk: Dangerous Debris - Bloomberg: "As developed countries dump their e-waste in India, an informal industry of recyclers has emerged. In places such as Sangrampur, it's common to find women, young men and children picking away at piles of electronics, breaking them down into increasingly smaller pieces that are then separated and collected."

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Monday, April 14, 2014

If You Thought China's Air Was Bad, Try the Water - Bloomberg View

If You Thought China's Air Was Bad, Try the Water - Bloomberg View: "On Friday the government of Lanzhou, China, informed its 3.6 million residents that their drinking water would be carcinogenic for the next 24 hours. Benzene, a chemical used in plastics manufacture, was the immediate cause, but that wasn't even the most horrifying revelation to come from this crisis. Today, reports from state media revealed that the benzene had been released into the environment as a result of oil pipeline explosions -- in 1987 and 2002. The pipelines, owned by state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation, were repaired at the time. Some 34 tons of contaminated soil, however, were left in place, the benzene allowed to migrate into an underground water duct that empties out via household faucets."

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Why green milk bottle tops are not a green option | Environment | The Observer

Why green milk bottle tops are not a green option | Environment | The Observer: "High density polyethylene (HDPE) has replaced glass for milk bottles because it is much tougher and lighter than glass, which radically cuts the energy costs of transportation, while also being less prone to breakage. This is all good but there is more: because HDPE is a plastic it can be made into complex bottle shapes, yielding a hollow handle which is better for grip, and a thin pouring lip, which means less drip. The rectangular cross-section of HDPE milk bottles enables them to be stacked efficiently, allowing more milk to be put into a lorry or a fridge door, further increasing utility and their general pleasingness. In other words, the modern HDPE milk bottle is close to being a design classic. And it would be… but for the problem with the colour of its lid."

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