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The Victorian government has a new proposal to ban plastic bags. What is it missing? suvajit/pixabay

Victoria’s plastic bag ban: a good start, but we can do more

Victoria's proposed ban on single-use plastic bags is a step forward, but what about all the other unnecessary packaging? A truly effective waste policy should offer a comprehensive plan for packaging.
Trash washed up on Bali’s Kuta beach on February 2016. Reuters/Antara News Agency

How can Indonesia win against plastic pollution?

To stop Indonesia polluting the ocean with plastic it is important to change the country's land-based waste management.
Plastic trash on San Francisco’s Ocean Beach. Kevin Krejci

Bait and switch: Anchovies eat plastic because it smells like prey

A new study shows that anchovies – key food for larger fish – are attracted to plastic trash because it smells like food. This suggests that toxic substances in plastic could move up through food chains.
Disruption of the thyroid hormones can prevent tadpoles from becoming frogs. Coffee/Pixabay

Everyday chemicals may affect brain development, including foetal IQ

Research shows thyroid hormone, which is required for brain development in all vertebrates, is severely affected by chemicals present in our everyday cleaning products, clothing and cookware.
Around 94% of litter on South African beaches is made of plastic, of which 77% is packaging. Peter Ryan

Five applications where plastic is not fantastic

Waste plastic affects marine life significantly but better education and recyclable plastics could go a long way in resolving this issue.
In most states, the issue of container deposit legislation has festered for decades. Brian Finestone/Shutterstock.com

Spin the bottle: the fraught politics of container deposit schemes

Four decades after South Australia's container deposit scheme began, New South Wales has finally overcome industry resistance and launched its own. Could the rest of the country now follow suit?

New type of plastic performs DIY repair

American researchers have created a plastic that can repair itself. Until recently, only living organisms could regenerate…

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