To manage plastic wastes, nations first need to know what they have and where it's coming from. A case study from Trinidad and Tobago shows how this approach can help identify solutions.
2019 was a big year for dire warnings about the state of the planet, but crises can spur solutions.
Consumerism reaches a frenzied peak as the holidays approach, but it's not too late to put on the brakes.
Nigeria's government must encourage citizens to embrace a system where plastic never become waste.
The most thoughtful gifts can also be the most sustainable, and last long after Christmas has ended.
An inconclusive COAG meeting comes after years of inquiries, announcements, initiatives, investigations and reviews. Australia is no closer to actually tackling our waste problems.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a floating accumulation of rubbish the size of a continent, has whales and dolphins in its heart.
Advertisers that tell a good story can persuade the public of all sorts of things. But some messages are disingenuous and misleading.
The fossil fuel industry plans to compensate for declining demand for gasoline by flooding the world with more plastic.
Where does plastic waste go when it reaches the ocean? For most of it, not far.
Governments need better information on which types of plastic generate the most pollution — citizens can help.
InterContinental Hotels Group plans to switch miniature toiletries for bulk products, but it isn't likely to do as much for the environment as activists might think.
Festival-goers increasingly treat tents as disposable, imagining they are put to good use when discarded. They're wrong.
Australia doesn't want to deal with its own recycling waste, so why do we think other countries should do it for us?
This year's national conference of the Australian Marine Science Association is a plastic-free zone, as marine scientists aim to reduce the environmental burden of throwaway plastic.
The global focus on plastic pollution isn't a distraction from other planetary issues.
A nanotube innovation using waste plastic could help solve one of the world's energy problems.
Recycling is a messy system at the moment. Here's how we can clean up our act.
Poorer countries can now refuse shipments of plastic waste and slow the build-up of pollution on their shores.
The entire Cocos (Keeling) Island group is a little more than twice the size of the Melbourne CBD. So it’s hard to envision 414 million debris items washed up there.