Plastics straws are now hard to find. Are plastic bags next?
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Governments need better information on which types of plastic generate the most pollution — citizens can help.
Segments of PVC pipe washed up on shore in Denman Sound, B.C.
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Growing demand for large salt-water clams is leaving parts of the B.C. coast littered with plastic debris.
Plastics pile up at Thilafushi, an artificial island created as a landfill, in the Maldives.
Without action, the amount of plastic waste produced globally could reach as much as 265 million tonnes per year by 2060.
The world urgently needs to move past plastic.
We need a global treaty to combat plastic pollution, but a small group of countries is blocking real action.
Teenager Alex Weber and friends collected nearly 40,000 golf balls hit into the ocean from a handful of California golf courses.
Snorkeling off the California coast, a high school student found heaps of golf balls on the ocean floor. With a marine scientist, she showed that golf courses were producing tons of plastic pollution.
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A floating park made from discarded plastic in Rotterdam could spark new thinking on how we manage waste.
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Research finds removing plastic from the ocean has huge economic benefits, even if there is little money to be made doing so.
Plastic bags, balloons, and rope fragments were among more than 100 pieces of plastic in the gut of a single turtle.
Autopsies of 1,000 turtles washed up on Australian beaches paint a grim picture of the impact of plastic debris. Even a single piece can be deadly, and on average 14 pieces equals a 50% fatality rate.
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Microbeads from cosmetics are just a drop in the ocean. Other microplastics are more pervasive and just as dangerous.
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We should look instead at the successful fight to save the ozone layer.
Taxing plastic takeaway boxes will help to reduce the massive amount of plastic which is dumped into the oceans.
The same beach on Henderson Island, in 1992 and 2015.
After making worldwide headlines with the story of the Pacific "garbage island", researchers were sent a photo of the same beach, white sand free of litter, as recently as 1992.
Tiny fibres from washing machines are being eaten by a multitude of marine species.
The researchers found nearly 38 million pieces of plastic rubbish on Henderson Island, in one of the remotest parts of the ocean.
Plastics pose a major threat to seabirds and other animals, and most don't ever break down - they just break up. Every piece of petrochemical-derived plastic ever made still exists on the planet.
Drink containers are the biggest contributors to rubbish in Australia.
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Refunds for drink bottles and cans get litter out of the environment – but industry remains opposed.
Had a gutful of plastic rubbish affecting wildlife?
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By 2050, 99% of the world's seabird species will be accidentally eating plastic, unless we take action to clean up the oceans. And some of the highest risk to wildlife is in the Southern Ocean off Australia.
Trawling for plastic at different depths.
We dump more plastic into the ocean each year than we've been able to find. New research says much of it is lurking just below the waves.
Plastic waste washed up on a beach in Haiti.
You might have heard the oceans are full of plastic, but how full exactly? Around 8 million metric tonnes go into the oceans each year, according to the first rigorous global estimate published in Science…
Plastic bags are still hanging around years later.
Adrian S Pye
After months of deliberation and consultations, the UK government’s long-awaited announcement about a plastic bag charge arrives, only for Defra to shoot it full of holes by opting to exempt retailers…
Not early blossom.
The European Parliament has voted in a draft law aimed at halving the use of plastic bags across the continent by 2017, and further reducing them by at least 80% by 2019. This positive move is aimed at…