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03 08 2021 | 10:14

Kenya launches nationwide crackdown on single-use plastic bags

The National Environment Management Authority (Nema) will next week start a major crackdown on single-use plastic bags across the country. This comes after the authority expressed concern that some…

17 07 2021 | 11:59

Here's What Happens When You Eat From Plastic Containers.

Drinking water is supposed to be good for you, but what happens when you diligently carry that disposable water bottle around all day, to remind yourself to take a sip? With that sip, you take in an…

17 07 2021 | 09:09

Plastic pollution is nearing irreversible tipping point, experts warn.

Biodiversity loss, rising temperatures and increased toxicity for oceans and wider society if emissions continue. The world may be approaching an irreversible tipping point for plastic pollution, a…

10 07 2021 | 06:58

Call for global treaty to end production of ‘virgin’ plastic by 2040.

Scientists say agreement must cover extraction of raw materials and pollution that blights seas and land A binding global treaty is needed to phase out the production of “virgin” or new plastic by…

05 07 2021 | 11:10

New Zealand to Ban Most Single-Use Plastics by 2025

In its latest environmental commitment, New Zealand has announced a ban on the majority of single-use plastics by 2025. The new measure builds on the country's 2019 decision to phase-out plastic…

05 07 2021 | 11:06

Plastic rafting: the invasive species hitching a ride on ocean litter

There is now so much ocean plastic that it has become a route for invasive species, threatening native animals with extinction Seascape: the state of our oceans is supported by

05 07 2021 | 09:08

We can now track ocean microplastics from space, by looking at how winds and water interact

Researchers at the University of Michigan (U-M) have developed a new approach to tracking microplastics in ocean waters, anywhere in the world, on a daily basis. This relies on satellites from the…

18 06 2021 | 11:37

Malawi's landscape is clogged with plastic waste that could linger for 100 years. One woman has taken on plastic companies and won

For more than five years, Gloria Majiga-Kamoto, a 30-year-old Malawian environmental activist, has waged a David v Goliath battle against some of the country's largest plastic manufacturers to bring…

18 06 2021 | 11:13

Scientists convert used plastic bottles into vanilla flavouring.

Production of chemical could help make recycling more attractive and tackle global plastic pollution. Plastic bottles have been converted into vanilla flavouring using genetically engineered…

02 06 2021 | 11:26

GREENPEACE AFRICA: Africa is not a dumping ground!

Say it with me: Africa is not a dumping ground!

30 05 2021 | 16:44

Who’s Making — and Funding — the World’s Plastic Trash?

ExxonMobil is the world's single largest producer of single-use plastics, according to a new report published today by the Australia-based Minderoo Foundation, one of Asia's biggest philanthropies.

30 05 2021 | 16:43

World to waste one trillion more plastic bottles and bags by 2025 as production ramps up.

20 firms will account for most of the addtional 70 million metric tonnes of polymer churned out in the next four years. The world’s biggest manufacturers of single-use plastic are set to increase…

30 05 2021 | 16:41

In Historic Move, Chile Unanimously Approves Ambitious Single-Use Plastics Law

In a historic move, Chile's legislature has unanimously passed a plastic regulation law that advocates say will reduce the country's plastic waste by more than 23,000 tons every year. The new law…

30 05 2021 | 16:36

It’s on our plates and in our poo, but are microplastics a health risk?

The omnipresent plastic is rife in dust, rice, placentas and tap water, but experts say it’s hard to untangle whether it’s harmful to humans. As much as the idea might be unpalatable, all of our…

26 05 2021 | 09:27

UK plastics sent for recycling in Turkey dumped and burned, Greenpeace finds.

Turkey has become the latest destination for British plastic waste, which ends up dumped, burned or left to pollute the ocean, a Greenpeace investigation has found.

21 05 2021 | 18:54

More than a handful: A thousand rivers bring plastic into the oceans.

It's not just the big rivers, the small ones also contribute to the problem. The global plastic problem just got more complicated. In a new study, researchers found nearly 80% of the plastic…

21 05 2021 | 10:10

Africa’s plastics bans are pitting the environment against the economy.

An insufficient supply of potable water in many countries, mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa, has given rise to a new plastics economy driven by the increasing popularity of water sachets. More than 30…

20 05 2021 | 13:35

Twenty firms produce 55% of world’s plastic waste, report reveals

Twenty companies are responsible for producing more than half of all the single-use plastic waste in the world, fuelling the climate crisis and creating an environmental catastrophe, new research…

15 05 2021 | 12:27

Plastic bag charge to rise to 10p in England from 21 May.

The charge will be extended to all businesses, previously it only applied to those with 250 employees or more. The single-use carrier bag charge will increase from 5p to 10p and extend to all…

21 04 2021 | 06:46

Microplastics in air ‘spiral the globe’, pollution study finds.

Fragments being blown across continents and threatening ecosystems, researchers warn. Plastic particles in the air are being blown across continents by the wind, interfering with natural ecosystems …