Health crisis: up to a billion tonnes of waste potentially burned in the open every year

Two billion people worldwide lack a dedicated system of waste collection and management.

Ed Cook, Research Fellow in Circular Economy Systems, University of Leeds • conversation
Jan. 7, 2021 ~6 min

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Human-made objects to outweigh living things

The mass of human-made objects will for the first time likely exceed that of living things in 2020.

Dec. 9, 2020 ~3 min


Plastics an 'unfolding disaster' for US marine life

For the first time, advocates have tracked how animals in US waters are harmed by plastic pollution.

Nov. 19, 2020 ~3 min

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Fact-checking the US and China on climate and environment

We fact-check US and Chinese claims about CO2 emissions, plastic waste and illegal timber.

Nov. 13, 2020 ~5 min

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The war against plastic is distracting us from pollution that cannot be seen

We need to focus on causes like overconsumption, not the material itself.

Paul Kay, Associate Professor in Water Quality, University of Leeds • conversation
Oct. 26, 2020 ~8 min

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Glitter litter 'could be damaging rivers'

Glitter contains microplastics, which can get into rivers and seas, taking years to degrade.

Oct. 14, 2020 ~3 min

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Plastic straw ban in England comes into force

Businesses can no longer sell or supply the single-use items as part of efforts to reduce pollution.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Oct. 1, 2020 ~2 min

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Cheap plastic is flooding developing countries – we’re making new biodegradable materials to help

By combining plastic waste with durian wood sawdust, we may have found a way to slow the rise of plastic pollution in Indonesia.

Deirdre McKay, Reader in Geography and Environmental Politics, Keele University • conversation
Sept. 22, 2020 ~7 min

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The ocean is swimming in plastic and it's getting worse – we need connected global policies now

What groups like the G20 can do to help fix the problem.

Keiron Philip Roberts, Research Fellow in Clean Carbon Technologies and Resource Management, University of Portsmouth • conversation
Sept. 17, 2020 ~5 min

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Plastic pollution: Washed clothing's synthetic mountain of 'fluff'

Scientists calculate how many tiny fibres our polyester and nylon garments lose in the wash.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
Sept. 16, 2020 ~7 min

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