The world is entering a post-carbon era.
It’s already been two years since we saw the world’s first oil spill and it’s a world in which people have been forced to spend millions of dollars on protective gear, but this week marks the beginning of the third phase of that transition.
The world’s biggest oil spill occurred in the Philippines in May 2016 and led to the evacuation of about 1 million people and the deaths of more than 2,000 people.
The Philippines was already struggling with a high level of pollution and a high-risk of oil spills, but the impact was so severe that in December 2016 the government began using tape seals on public buildings and other areas to reduce the risk of oil from the spill.
The tape seals are made from polyethylene tape and can be used for a range of applications including road sealing, as well as for the purpose of sealants and other sealing.
While tape seals can be very effective, they have been found to be more prone to leakage than other sealants, leading to widespread concern about their safety.
A study published in the journal Science last year found that about 40% of tape seal applications were at risk of leakage, while others found the use of the tape seal to be associated with increased risk of serious problems.
The problem has not gone unnoticed by some of the world´s leading manufacturers of tape seals.
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Engineering and Technology, which has been the industry´s main trade body, recently published a report that found that most tape seal manufacturers had not fully addressed the issue of leaky sealant.
In an effort to address this, the Australian Federal Government is considering legislation to allow manufacturers to make tape seals from a material made from recycled plastics, rather than from petroleum.
But despite the widespread use of tape on public places, the world is already heading into a post carbon era.
Sources: ABC News | ABC News.com.au | ABC Fact Check.com | GlobalPost.com The ABC has decided to stop using the term ‘oil spill’ in this content.