Here’s some good environmental news – local governments and local actions have slashed the plastic on our beaches. Incentives, awareness and access are the key.
Plastic is made from oil and natural gas, which started out as fossilized plant and animal material. But buried deep underground for millions of years, those materials changed in important ways.
Plastic waste is a huge problem. To fix it, we need systemic change, not just a focus on picking it up or recycling plastic once it becomes rubbish.
Without action in the next five years, an extra 80 million tonnes of plastic may end up in the ocean by 2040.
Representatives of 175 countries voted to start developing a global treaty to reduce plastic waste. Treaties addressing mercury, long-range air pollution and ozone depletion offer some lessons.
Just because we’re in a period of social change, doesn’t mean we have to lose momentum on sustainability. There are six things we can do right now to offset our daily waste from disposable masks.
Tossing something into your recycling bin that can’t be processed does more harm than good.
In spite of monsoon season and cyclone Nivar, the most recent floods are largely man-made disasters.
An estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic waste enters the ocean each year – equivalent to dumping in a garbage truckload of it every minute. A new report calls on the US to help stem the deluge.
In Canada, milk is available in jugs, cartons, bags and glass bottles. A new analysis reveals which type of container has the smallest environmental footprint — from container production to disposal.
The Maldives is facing coastal erosion, overdevelopment and a tide of plastic pollution.
Women and girls in low-income countries are disproportionately likely to be affected by the plastic waste that’s flooding our planet.
After soil, water and food, microplastics have now entered the atmosphere, where they influence the climate system and may even change atmospheric chemistry.
Researchers are uncovering how microplastic particles are carried in wind, rain and snow to remote regions of our planet.
The problem of increasing plastic waste has been exacerbated by the pandemic, requiring better regulation and monitoring to solve.
Initiated in 2018 to help address the problem of plastic pollution in Bali, the Pulau Plastik initiative shares the insights from its campaign and the collective actions needed to move forward.
Maine and Oregon have enacted laws that require makers of consumer product packaging to pay for recycling or disposing of it. Will other states follow?
There is an urgent need for legislation dealing specifically with electronic waste in Nigeria.
From larger-than-life Lego blocks to bird-nest inspired structures, researchers are finding innovative ways to reuse and recycle the plastic we throw away.
Some plastic sent overseas for recycling ends up as pollution, or goes up in toxic smoke. But there are steps we can take to ensure our waste is processed as intended.