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Single-use plastics a serious climate change hazard, study warns

The proliferation of single-use plastic around the world is accelerating climate change and should be urgently halted, a report warns. Plastic production is expanding worldwide, fuelled in part by the fracking boom in the US. The report says plastic contributes to greenhouse gas emissions at every stage of its lifecycle, from its production to its […]

Single-use plastics a serious climate change hazard, study warns

The proliferation of single-use plastic around the world is accelerating climate change and should be urgently halted, a report warns. Plastic production is expanding worldwide, fuelled in part by the fracking boom in the US. The report says plastic contributes to greenhouse gas emissions at every stage of its lifecycle, from its production to its […]

Canada and Oregon have banned single-use plastics. Here’s how you can too

Eliminating single-use plastic is easier said than done. Plastic is creating problems all over the world. It's in our oceans much more than we thought, and there are even islands in both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans created from the amount of plastics we throw away. Governments, like the European Parliament and Canada, have moved to ban single-use plastics or restrict plastic […]

It is time to impose ban on single-use plastic

All eyes are on the government to see if it will keep its word on banning single use plastic items. The Cabinet on January 31 had taken a decision to ban single use plastic items including carrybags, plates, disposable cups, sheets, straw, expanded polystyrene foam (popularly known as thermocol) and water pouches in the Union […]

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 […]

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