The plastic polluters won 2019- and we’re running out of time to stop them

Further steps have been taken to clean up beaches and seas in 2019 but much more needs to be done The beach at Muncar on the island of Java was revolting. The 400-yard wide, mile-long stretch of sand was feet deep in foul-smelling sauce sachets, shopping bags, nappies, bottles and bags, plastic clothes and detergent […]

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Ocean cleanup device successfully collects plastic for first time

Floating boom finally retains debris from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, creator says A huge floating device designed by Dutch scientists to clean up an island of rubbish in the Pacific Ocean that is three times the size of France has successfully picked up plastic from the high seas for the first time. Boyan Slat, […]

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Microplastics in our mussels: the sea is feeding human garbage back to us

A new report procured the seafood contains an alarming amount of plastic and in fact no ocean creature is immune. Its as if the ocean is wreaking its revenge Shellfish are the natural filter systems of our seas, mechanisms of purity. So, to discover in a report released on World Oceans Day that mussels bought […]

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414 million pieces of plastic found on remote island group in Indian Ocean

Debris on Cocos( Keeling) Islands was mostly bottles, cutlery, suitcases and straws, but also included 977,000 shoes, study says On the beaches of the tiny Cocos( Keeling) Islands, population 600, marine scientists saw 977,000 shoes and 373,000 toothbrushes. A comprehensive survey of debris on the islands- among the most remote places on Earth, in the […]

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Mismanaged waste ‘kills up to a million people a year globally’

Report says plastics adding to death tolls in the developing world from easily prevented diseases Mismanaged waste is causing hundreds of thousands of people to die each year in the developing world from easily preventable causes, and plastic waste is adding a new and dangerous dimension to the problem, a report has found. Municipal waste […]

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‘Plastic is not cool’- is fashion ultimately cleaning up its act?

As World Oceans Day approaches, Net-a-Porters Lucy Yeomans is leading the route in tackling ways addiction to the plastic drug. But theres a long way to go In April, at a Net-a-Porter event where the online retailer’s trends for this autumn were presented, one of the most popular accessories was not a leather handbag by […]

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Antarctica: plastic contamination reaches Earth’s last wilderness

Traces of microplastics and hazardous chemicals found in majority of snow and ice samples taken earlier this year Plastic and tracings of hazardous chemicals have been found in Antarctica, one of the world’s last great wildernesses, according to a new study. Researchers spent three months taking water and snow samples from remote areas of the […]

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

Photographs from Sihanouk in the countrys south west reveal locals living amid a staggering tide of plastic pollution 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 […]

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Record levels of plastic discovered in Arctic sea ice

Samples taken from five locatings saw concentrations of more than 12,000 microplastic particles per litre of ocean ice Scientists have found a record quantity of plastic trapped in Arctic sea ice, creating concern about the impact on marine life and human health. Up to 12,000 pieces of microplastic particles were found per litre of ocean […]

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EU proclaims war on plastic waste

Brussels targets single-use plastics in an urgent clean-up scheme that aims to make all packaging reusable or recyclable by 2030 Plastic EU declares war on plastic garbage Brussels targets single-use plastics in an urgent clean-up scheme that aims to make all packaging reusable or recyclable by 2030 Daniel Boffey in Brussels Tue 16 Jan 2018 […]

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