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Ocean choking on toxic plastic sea: Phelps

During a live blog with readers of the Wentworth Courier, Kerryn Phelps was asked how she, as an independent, could help address Australia's long-standing waste and recycling crisis. Dr Phelps said her solutions included a packaging law, which Germany recently introduced, that could reduce plastic waste by 40 per cent in the first year. Read […]

World Migratory Bird Day highlights deadly risks of plastic pollution

One-third of global plastic production is non-recyclable and at least eight million tons of plastic flows unabated into our oceans and water bodies each year,” said Joyce Msuya, acting Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). “It is ending up in the stomachs of birds, fish, plankton, and in our soil and water. The world is choking on […]

Australia faces deepening recycling crisis as India bans plastic waste imports

Australia’s waste crisis is set to escalate, with India this month completely banning plastic waste imports a year after China’s drastic restrictions sent shockwaves through the recycling industry. India was the fourth-largest destination for Australia’s waste in December 2018, taking 13 per cent of its total waste exports.  The Australian Council of Recycling has warned that with […]

European parliament votes to ban single-use plastics

The European parliament has voted to ban single-use plastic cutlery, cotton buds, straws and stirrers as part of a sweeping law against plastic waste that despoils beaches and pollutes oceans. The vote by MEPs paves the way for a ban on single-use plastics to come into force by 2021 in all EU member states. The […]

River Thames’ plastic pollution: London river contains one of the highest levels of microplastics of all UK waterways

The research, carried out by Bangor University and Friends of the Earth, has prompted calls for routine monitoring of all UK waters to detect the pollutants. Researchers used a flourescence lighting system to identify microplastics per litre of water tested. The most polluted river was the River Tame in Greater Manchester, which presented more than […]

Microplastic pollution revealed ‘absolutely everywhere’ by new research

Microplastic pollution spans the world, according to new studies showing contamination in the UK’s lake and rivers, in groundwater in the US and along the Yangtze river in China and the coast of Spain. Humans are known to consume the tiny plastic particles via food and water, but the possible health effects on people and […]

Rate of plastic pollution will double by 2030 as report calls for end to single-use plastics

On average, we each use 53 kilograms of plastic a year and generate a collective total of more than 300 million tonnes of plastic waste. By 2030, this is predicted to double, with the brunt of the impacts expected to hit our oceans. These are just some of the figures to come from WWF's global plastic report, Solving […]

World’s deepest waters becoming ‘ultimate sink’ for plastic waste

The world’s deepest ocean trenches are becoming “the ultimate sink” for plastic waste, according to a study that reveals contamination of animals even in these dark, remote regions of the planet. For the first time, scientists found microplastic ingestion by organisms in the Mariana trench and five other areas with a depth of more than […]

Plastics ‘leading to reproductive problems for wildlife’

Plastics are an increasing cause of concern due to potential sources of chemicals that disrupt hormones and affect the growth and reproductive success of a wide variety of wildlife, according to a new report. Wildlife in the oceans and on land are subject to cocktails of pollutants known as endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), but little is still known […]

Creatures in the deepest trenches of the sea are eating plastic

PLASTIC LITTER IS now virtually inescapable throughout every crevice of the world's oceans, and a newly published study finds, for the first time, that the creatures living in the deepest, most remote environs on Earth are eating it in startling amounts. A British research team captured amphipods, tiny shrimp-like crustaceans that scavenge on the seabed, from […]

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