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The Supreme Court ruled today that anyone who is serving life in prison for a crime they committed as a minor can now appeal. According to NBC News, that gives roughly 1,000 inmates the chance to reduce their sentences. This ruling is an extension of a 2012 case known as Miller v. Alabama. This case concluded that sentencing a juvenile to life in prison was a violation of the Eighth Amendment's ban of cruel and unusual punishment, saying children had “diminished culpability and heightened capacity for change.” Today's ruling decided that Miller v. Alabama can be applied retroactively to minors who had already been sentenced to life in prison in 2012, now giving prisoners the chance to negotiate shorter sentences or even parole. “The opportunity for release will be afforded to those who demonstrate the truth of Miller’s central intuition—that children who commit even heinous crimes are capable of change,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the Court’s majority opinion. Discuss

New findings by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation project that, when measured by weight, the ocean will have more plastic than fish by 2050. The study says that plastic runs economic annual losses of up to $120 billion due a low rate of reusing before plastic products are disposed. According to Keep America Beautiful, Americans produced more than 30 million tons of plastic in 2009 and recovered only 2 million tons. And, since the economy of plastic is largely linear, disposable plastics end up in oceans and landfills, slowly degrading and harming nearby wildlife. In a news release, Dominic Waughray of the World Economic Forum said:

"This report demonstrates the importance of triggering a revolution in the plastics industrial ecosystem and is a first step to showing how to transform the way plastics move through our economy. To move from insight to large scale action, it is clear that no one actor can work on this alone; the public, private sector and civil society all need to mobilize in order to capture the opportunity of the new circular plastics economy.”