Budget earmarks $500m to mitigate Great Barrier Reef climate change Aluminum Cookware: A Major Source of Lead and Other Toxic Metal Contamination in Bangladesh Bin liners to takeaway containers – ideas to solve your plastic conundrums ‘Infinitely’ recyclable plastic created by chemists for first time The hills are alive with the signs of plastic: even Swiss mountains are polluted UK retailers ‘will not suffer financial losses’ from bottle deposit scheme Climate change to drive migration from island homes sooner than thought UK supermarkets launch voluntary pledge to cut plastic packaging Record levels of plastic discovered in Arctic sea ice ‘Mountains and mountains of plastic’: life on Cambodia’s polluted coast
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Budget earmarks $500m to mitigate Great Barrier Reef climate change

The Turnbull government will allocate $500m to mitigate the impacts of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef. The funding, to be unveiled on Sunday and confirmed in the May budget, follows a recent study finding that 30% of the reef’s corals died in a catastrophic nine-month marine heatwave in 2016. The government will partner with the Great […]

Bin liners to takeaway containers – ideas to solve your plastic conundrums

Plastic has become an environmental disaster. Microplastic pollution has been found in our waterways, fish stocks, salt, tap water and even the air we breathe. Reducing our reliance on plastic by refusing it wherever possible has never been more important, especially as Australia’s recycling system is in crisis. Yet there are conundrums that continue to defeat […]

The hills are alive with the signs of plastic: even Swiss mountains are polluted

Microplastic pollution contaminates soil across Switzerland, even in remote mountains, new research reveals. The scientists said the problem could be worse in other nations with poorer waste management and that research was urgently needed to see if microplastics get into food. In the first major study of microplastics in soil, the researchers analysed soil samples from […]

Climate change to drive migration from island homes sooner than thought

Hundreds of thousands of people will be forced from their homes on low-lying islands in the next few decades by sea-level rises and the contamination of fresh drinking water sources, scientists have warned. A study by researchers at the US Geological Survey (USGS), the Deltares Institute in the Netherlands and Hawaii University has found that many […]

Record levels of plastic discovered in Arctic sea ice

Scientists have found a record amount of plastic trapped in Arctic sea ice, raising concern about the impact on marine life and human health. Up to 12,000 pieces of microplastic particles were found per litre of sea ice in core samples taken from five regions on trips to the Arctic Ocean – as many as three times […]

£10m a year needed to ensure England’s soil is fit for farming, report warns

England must invest £10m a year to ensure its soil is productive enough to continue to grow food by the end of the century, a new report warns. Soil erosion and the pollution of watercourses is putting the entire £8bn farming industry at risk, according to the study from WWF, the Angling Trust and the Rivers Trust, […]

How plastic-eating bacteria actually work – a chemist explains

The plastic bottles we throw away today will be around for hundreds of years. It’s one of the key reasons why the mounting plastic pollution problem, which is having a deadly effect on marine life, is so serious. But scientists recently discovered a strain of bacteria that can literally eat the plastic used to make bottles, and […]

Gove’s cotton bud ban is feeble. This is how we can wipe out plastic

At least two decades after cotton buds (known in my childhood home as “ear cleaners”) became well known as a public health hazard, never, ever to be placed anywhere near ears, the government has announced plans to ban them, maybe next year. Low-hanging fruit and all that, but like the 5p plastic bag charge introduced in 2015, this […]

More than 95% of world’s population breathe dangerous air, major study finds

More than 95% of the world’s population breathe unsafe air and the burden is falling hardest on the poorest communities, with the gap between the most polluted and least polluted countries rising rapidly, a comprehensive study of global air pollution has found. Cities are home to an increasing majority of the world’s people, exposing billions to […]

Hidden plastics: just when you thought it was safe to dunk a teabag

Spanish researchers found that all 21 types of sea and well salt they tested contained microplastics – typically polyethylene terephthalate, which is used to make plastic bottles. Similar results have been discovered by researchers in China, France and the US, showing how ubiquitous microplastics are in the environment. Table salt is usually mined, so should be free […]

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