Single-use plastics ban approved by European Parliament Increasing soil health and productivity of rice crops Study: Replanting Trees After Wildfires May Not Be Necessary Unique immunity genes in one widespread coral species Amazon forests failing to keep up with climate change Rainforest destruction from gold mining hits all-time high in Peru Indonesian farmers earn more thanks to rice breeding Stop biodiversity loss or we could face our own extinction, warns UN Bill Gates Unveils Toilet That Transforms Waste Into Fertilizer, Doesn’t Require Water or Sewers Flood-tolerant rice saves farmers livelihoods
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Single-use plastics ban approved by European Parliament

The European Parliament has voted for a complete ban on a range of single-use plastics across the union in a bid to stop pollution of the oceans. MEPs backed a ban on plastic cutlery and plates, cotton buds, straws, drink-stirrers and balloon sticks. The proposal also calls for a reduction in single-use plastic for food […]

‘Single-use’ named 2018 word of the year

Single-use, a term referring to products – often made of plastic –that are made to be used once and thrown away, has been named Collins Dictionary’s word of the year for 2018. Collins, whose lexicographers monitor a 4.5bn-word corpus to come up with an annual list of new and notable words, said images such as […]

How Banning Plastic Straws Could Make Pollution Even Worse

Californians are embroiled in a debate over banning plastic products, including everything from straws to grocery bags. San Diego is considering prohibiting a particularly ubiquitous plastic product: expanded polystyrene (EPS)—better known as styrofoam—which is used widely in takeout food containers, cups, ice chests, and packing peanuts. (The trademarked product Styrofoam is slightly different than EPS.) […]

Plastic straw and cotton bud ban proposed

Plastic straws and cotton buds could be banned in England as part of the government's bid to cut plastic waste. Announcing a consultation on a possible ban ministers said 8.5bn plastic straws were thrown away in the UK every year. The prime minister said plastic waste was "one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the […]

European parliament backs single-use plastics ban

The European Parliament has voted to ban a range of single-use plastics such as straws, cotton buds and cutlery and to ensure most bottles are recycled in a bid to curb ocean pollution. Under the proposal, 10 single-use plastic products would be banned by 2021 and EU states obliged to recycle 90% of plastic bottles […]

Plastic recycling industry’s problems costing councils up to £500,000 a year

Major problems in the plastic recycling industry are costing local councils in England up to £500,000 extra a year, as they struggle to deal with the continuing fallout from import bans imposed by countries who are no longer able to take the UK’s waste. A survey by the Local Government Association (LGA) revealed nearly half […]

Microplastics found in human stools for the first time

Microplastics have been found in human stools for the first time, according to a study suggesting the tiny particles may be widespread in the human food chain. The small study examined eight participants from Europe, Japan and Russia. All of their stool samples were found to contain microplastic particles. Up to nine different plastics were […]

Three companies responsible for two-thirds of single-use plastics

The 97.5kg non-recyclable plastic waste sample was collected from a one-kilometer area of Dhanmondi Lake, in two hours Three leading companies produce two–thirds of Bangladesh’s total single-use non-recyclable plastics, leading pollution and posing serious consequences to the environment. Among the national and multinational companies, PRAN Food Limited, Abdul Monem Limited, and Bombay Sweets Company Limited […]

Huge rise in US plastic waste shipments to poor countries following China ban

Exports of plastic waste from the US to developing countries have surged following China’s crackdown on foreign waste imports, new research has shown. Nearly half of plastic waste exported from the US for recycling in the first six months of 2018 was shipped to Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam, according to analysis of US census bureau […]

Disposable nappies: What’s their environmental cost?

Disposable nappies have been in the firing line at the Conservative Party conference, as Environment Secretary Michael Gove hinted at a future ban. He later clarified his comments to say that nappies wouldn't be banned but suggested they could be part of plans to "tackle waste better". So what is the environmental cost of single-use […]

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