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  • UN Environment can't do basic mathmatics

    The UN Environment Program has put up a news story about straws that contains some pretty fundamental mathematical illiteracy within it - not that one can expect much better from them.

    Latin America wakes up to the problem of plastic straws

    According to recent estimates, straws represent only 0.025% of the total volume of marine litter. Heavy fishing nets and devices account for a quarter of the total. But the amount of straws we consume in our daily lives is so huge that this number increases exponentially every day.
    https://www.unenvironment.org/news-a...plastic-straws

    Exponential means doubling. Using it in reference to "daily" means that someone who uses one straw on Monday, uses two on Tuesday, four on Wednesday, eight on Thursday, sixteen on Friday and so forth.


  • #2
    Originally posted by TheKiwi View Post
    Exponential means doubling. Using it in reference to "daily" means that someone who uses one straw on Monday, uses two on Tuesday, four on Wednesday, eight on Thursday, sixteen on Friday and so forth.
    Seriously?

    Definition of exponential in English:

    exponential

    adjective

    1 (of an increase) becoming more and more rapid.
    ‘the social security budget was rising at an exponential rate’

    2 Mathematics
    Of or expressed by a mathematical exponent.
    ‘an exponential curve’

    Source: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/de...on/exponential
    Where does it say that it automatically means doubling?

    That said I agree that it's BS and that there are other much more relevant sources for plastic trash in the oceans than straws.

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    • #3
      True there, it doesn't have to be. Regardless however, the use of exponential gives rise to rapid and constant growth.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exponential_function

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      • #4
        I honestly have never understood the point of using straws - even for cocktails unless you are a retarded 19 year old college student in a sorority.

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        • #5
          They're quite helpful for me to be able to drink while I'm driving without risking a spill.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Jake View Post
            I honestly have never understood the point of using straws - even for cocktails unless you are a retarded 19 year old college student in a sorority.

            Try drinking in gas mask without it... or under water or anywhere where risking a spill is a problem.

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            • #7
              Wow their math sucks.

              Pun intended.

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