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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Aluminum Cookware: A Major Source of Lead and Other Toxic Metal Contamination in Bangladesh

High level of toxic heavy metal has been found in aluminium cookware in Bangladesh. A study reportentitled “Aluminum Cookware: A major source of Toxic Metal Contamination in Bangladesh”disclosed the facts and warned that aluminium cookware causes neurological difficulties. The report was officially launched by Environment & Social Development Organization-ESDO in a press briefing yesterday (Saturday) […]

UK retailers ‘will not suffer financial losses’ from bottle deposit scheme

Retailers will not suffer financial losses from the introduction of a plastic bottle deposit return scheme (DRS) in the UK, according to an analysis of a similar system in Norway. The environment secretary, Michael Gove, has announced plans to launch a deposit system for bottles and cans in the UK, and MPs are due to debate […]

UK supermarkets launch voluntary pledge to cut plastic packaging

UK supermarkets and food companies launched a new voluntary pledge to cut plastic packaging on Thursday as ministers consider forcing them to pay more towards collecting and recycling the waste they produce. In a first response to a growing public backlash against the huge volumes of plastic rubbish, most of the UK’s largest supermarkets signed […]

‘Mountains and mountains of plastic’: life on Cambodia’s polluted coast

Looking down into the water that lies beneath the ramshackle houses of Sihanouk, Cambodia, it is hard to imagine that the sea is there at all. Instead, there is dense layer upon layer of plastic waste clogging the water, piling up around poles that support the wooden homes, carpeting the beach. New images of from Sihanouk, in […]

Fatberg ‘autopsy’ reveals growing health threat to Londoners

Fatbergs, the congealed mass of fat and discarded items that are increasingly blocking Britain’s sewers, are the consequence of the plastic crisis in Britain and contain potentially deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria, tests show. A study by Channel 4 in conjunction with Thames Water has analysed the contents of one supersize fatberg discovered underneath the streets of South Bank […]

What happened to winter? Vanishing ice convulses Alaskans’ way of life

A few days before Christmas last year, Harry Brower, mayor of Alaska’s North Slope Borough, was at home when he heard a stunning noise – the sound of waves lapping at the shore. The sound was as wrenching and misplaced as hearing hailstones thud into the Sahara. Until fairly recently, the Arctic ocean regularly froze up hard […]

Plastic straw and cotton bud ban proposed

Announcing a consultation on a possible ban ministers said 8.5bn plastic straws were thrown away in the UK every year. The prime minster said plastic waste was "one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world". And Theresa May will urge leaders at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, which starts later, to follow the […]

Single-use plastics could be banned in England next year

Cotton buds, plastic drinking straws and other single-use plastics could be banned from sale in England next year in the next phase of the campaign to try to halt the pollution of the world’s rivers and oceans. Theresa May hopes to use the announcement to encourage the Commonwealth heads of government to join the fight […]

I kept all my plastic for a year – the 4,490 items forced me to rethink

We all know, in theory, that we ought to use less plastic. We’ve all been distressed by the sight of Blue Planet II’s hawksbill turtle entangled in a plastic sack, and felt chastened as we’ve totted up our weekly tally of disposable coffee cups. But still, UK annual plastic waste is now close to 5m […]

Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis by enabling for the first time the full recycling of bottles. The new research was spurred by the discovery in 2016 of the first bacterium that had naturally evolved to eat […]

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