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An estimated 640,000 tonnes of lost and abandoned fishing gear enters the oceans annually. (Piqsels)

How to get abandoned, lost and discarded ‘ghost’ fishing gear out of the ocean

An enormous amount of fishing gear is cut loose in the ocean each year. The losses cut into fishers' profits and kill marine wildlife. A new project aims to get ghost gear out of the ocean.
Volunteers load plastic bags for a weekly food pantry service in Everett, Mass., May 10, 2020. Everett has some of the highest COVID-19 infections rates in the state. Joseph Prezioso /AFP via Getty Images

COVID-19 has resurrected single-use plastics – are they back to stay?

Pandemic precautions have given new life to disposable plastic products, which the industry claims are more 'hygienic' than reusables. But critics say there's no scientific evidence this is so.
A discarded medical glove in Jersey City, N.J., April 27, 2020. Arturo Holmes/Getty Images

COVID-19 is laying waste to many US recycling programs

The COVID-019 pandemic has boosted use of disposable packaging and personal protective equipment, at the same time that many recycling programs are facing budget cuts. The upshot: More plastic trash.

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