Seattle introduced a new law that bans restaurants from using plastics straws and eating utensils, becoming the first major U.S. city to do so. The ban comes into effect on July 1.
Earth/Environment June 21, 2018
A pilot whale that was found struggling for his life in Thailand died on June 1. Marine biologists said that the 17 pounds of plastic bags on the whale’s stomach prevented it from digesting food.
Animals June 4, 2018
A recent research has found a new way to detect very small pieces of plastic waste that float invisibly near the surface of the ocean using fluorescent dye. The method could be used one day to identify 99 percent of lost tiny pollutants in the sea.
Earth/Environment November 27, 2017
The wax worm has the special ability to eat polyethylene offering a potential solution for plastic pollution. Here are other organisms with the odd ability to break down plastic.
Animals April 26, 2017
Plastic pollution has slowly crept into the once-pristine Arctic Ocean. Why is this happening, how much plastic pollution really ends up in our oceans, and will it stay there forever?
Earth/Environment April 21, 2017
Plastic pollution carried by a major ocean current has found its way into the Arctic ocean, threatening the region’s pristine ecosystem, a new study revealed. Researchers say the consequences can be “disastrous.”
Earth/Environment April 19, 2017
A law that will be fully implemented in 2020 makes France the first country in the world to ban the use of plastic dishware. Disposable dishes, cups and utensils can still be used as long as they are made from biologically sourced materials and are compostable.
Public Health September 18, 2016
Using an organometallic catalyst, scientists sped up the breakdown of polyethylene into liquid product that can be used as fuel. Once the process is scaled up, it can potentially make a dent in global plastic pollution.
Earth/Environment June 20, 2016
Biodegradable plastics are not simple solutions to the growing plastic waste crisis. A United Nations report shows that they break down extremely slowly in marine environments.
Earth/Environment May 25, 2016
A design student created a 100 percent natural, all-edible water bottle made of algae. The design can pave way for new products that will help solve the growing plastic crisis.
Earth/Environment March 27, 2016
Plastics are helpful and convenient but not exactly great for the environment. To make the material more environment-friendly, researchers developed a renewable version made from carbon dioxide and plant waste material.
Earth/Environment March 12, 2016
Plastic waste can be a serious problem for landfills, particularly PET's, a common material in food storage and clothing. However, a newly-discovered bacteria eats the plastic, converting the garbage into simple chemicals.
Earth/Environment March 10, 2016
Whole Foods Market received social media backlash as a photo of its pre-peeled oranges in plastic tubs went viral on Twitter. The company is known to promote green ways to care for the environment.
Business March 5, 2016
Researchers found dispersing plastic collectors near the coasts is more effective than targeting the cleanup of the Great Pacific garbage patch in the North Pacific open sea. Clearing the plastic waste near the coasts will prevent them from doing any harm compared to the ones already in the ocean garbage patch.
Earth/Environment January 19, 2016
Continuing its campaign to raise awareness on ocean waste control, Adidas just introduced a new prototype. In partnership with Parley for Oceans, the sportswear company developed a shoe manufactured entirely out of recycled ocean plastic.
Society December 10, 2015
A Dutch company is working with the city of Rotterdam to develop plastic roads made entirely from recycled plastic collected from the oceans. The initiative, while in its early stages, could make a huge dent in pollution generated from creating asphalt roads.
FUTURE TECH July 13, 2015
Adidas, in partnership with a nonprofit called Parley for the Oceans, has created a shoe that is made entirely from ocean trash and creates zero waste. The company plans to release a line of shoes made like this later this year.
Earth/Environment June 30, 2015
Eight millions tons of plastic waste going into world's oceans each year, study estimates. Asian countries identified as the world offenders.
Earth/Environment February 13, 2015
Plastic pollution has been seen all around the world, and now scientists have estimated how much there is out there. What did they find?
Earth/Environment December 10, 2014
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch and other whirlpools of plastics are missing 99 percent of the material that should be there. What is the mystery of the missing garbage?
Earth/Environment July 5, 2014
A study conducted at the University of Cadiz collected and analyzed data from sites of floating plastic debris in the world's oceans and found less than expected. The reason is unknown, but explanations have scientists worrying about contamination in the food chain and pollution of the ocean floor.
Animals July 2, 2014
The world's oceans are in danger from pollution and overfishing, an international group reports in a new study.
Earth/Environment June 27, 2014
The UN estimates that at least $13 billion is lost every year to the destruction of marine environments due to the use of plastic, and the overall environmental cost of plastic waste could be far higher than that.
Earth/Environment June 25, 2014
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