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Neon signs and billboards in Times Square, New York The report says the advertising industry has so far escaped scrutiny about its role in contributing to climate change. Tim Kasser, an emeritus professor of psychology at Knox College in Illinois, who co-authored the report, said there was a body of evidence to show that in order to make progress in addressing and reversing climate and ecological degradation, it would be prudent to rein in and change the practices of the advertising industry. “This report argues that enough sound empirical evidence exists to support the conclusion that the advertising industry indirectly contributes to climate and ecological degradation through its encouragement of materialistic values and goals, the consumption-driving work and spend cycle, and the consumption of two illustrative products, namely beef and tobacco,” Kasser wrote. The researchers examined several studies click this site linking exposure to advertising with increased materialism. They say such exposure “heightens the priority people place on materialistic values and goals” and is associated with “negative ecological attitudes and unsustainable behaviours”. The desire to work longer hours in order to consume more is also laid at the door of advertising. “Advertising leads people to place higher value on consumption of what they see advertised and lower value on having more time available for non-work activities,” the report says. The industry also encourages the purchase of products that have a negative impact on the environment, such as beef and tobacco. “Numerous studies make it clear that raising cattle for beef relies on unsustainable water usage, causes destruction of habitat-providing and carbon-capturing forests, and emits high levels of both greenhouse gases and chemicals such as phosphorus and nitrogen that cause excessive growth of algae in bodies of water,” the report says. Tobacco production also has a direct impact on the environment.

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Black Friday traffic lighter than past years Joplin Police said the roads have looked a little more empty for Black Friday compared to Black Fridays in the past. Police have reported a decrease in traffic on Range Line compared to previous years. This comes as a result of shopping habits changing for Black Friday. Many stores and shopping centers have changed when they open for the shopping holiday. Since several stores only opened Friday morning instead of Thursday evening, police in Joplin haven’t dealt with nearly as many violations as they used to. “Traditionally we see large volumes of traffic on Black Friday and the surrounding weekend and then the time leading up to Christmas,” said Jared Delzell, Sargent at the Joplin Police Department. “This year, this morning traffic was light, we didn’t have any issue. We worked no crashes so far today in the Range Line corridor and we’ve had very little issues.” Police said they roads look comparable to any other Friday traffic and that you couldn’t tell it was one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Copyright 2020 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.