The plastic industry uses powerful tactics to convince us it’s not that bad, but in reality many of their green solutions aren’t working.
The Vaal River, which serves more than 11 million people, is considerably polluted with microplastics.
Better enforcement of existing international laws would be a much faster way of addressing plastic pollution from fishing vessels than waiting for a new treaty to be adopted.
This Plastic Free July, we need to be teaching children to demand less plastic from the world’s worst producers instead of expecting change from individual recycling efforts.
Nigeria generates 2.5 million tonnes of plastic waste yearly. Research and public enlightenment can help address the problem.
Protecting green turtles is difficult because they perform some of the longest migrations known in the animal kingdom.
Normally land-bound pathogens that cause deadly diseases for both humans and animals can cling to microplastics and end up in your seafood.
A global treaty on plastic pollution must incentivize a take-make-reuse waste management system and include quantitative targets based on geography-specific emissions.
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.
Over 170 countries have endorsed a resolution to negotiate a plastics treaty that’s much more precise than the Paris climate change agreement.
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.
Global plastics production is set to double by 2040. The upcoming UN meeting is a chance for New Zealand to stake a stronger position on a proposed treaty to reign in plastic pollution.
In South Africa, the work of ensuring plastic bottles are recycled lies with consumers and volunteers instead of the large industry polluters.
Each home testing kit contains around 10 grams of plastic.
In spite of monsoon season and cyclone Nivar, the most recent floods are largely man-made disasters.
In this episode, two Indigenous scientists running collaborative labs to address our climate crisis offer some ideas for environmental justice, including a redefinition of pollution.
Colonialism is manifested by the way pollution impacts the lives of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Two Indigenous environmental scientists discuss how they’ve overcome obstacles in their research.
Researchers are uncovering how microplastic particles are carried in wind, rain and snow to remote regions of our planet.
African government and international funding partners should focus on building laboratories in different parts of Africa to support plastic pollution research.