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

Tags: oil-industry plastic plastic-pollution composite-materials petrochemicals plastic-packaging lobbying

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

Tags: plastic plastic-pollution marine-plastic-litter g20

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

Tags: environment plastic-pollution

What happens to the plastic you recycle? Researchers lift the lid

We investigated plastic recycling in the UK and uncovered startling inconsistencies.

Diego Vazquez-Brust, Professor of Global Business Sustainability and Strategy, University of Portsmouth • conversation
Sept. 2, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: recycling plastic plastic-pollution waste-management plastic-waste plastic-packaging

Coronavirus: Pandemic 'causing new wave' of plastic pollution

Charity Surfers Against Sewage says it has seen a wave of discarded masks and plastics on beaches.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Aug. 31, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: plastic-pollution surfing personal-protective-equipment-ppe

Newly hatched Florida sea turtles are consuming dangerous quantities of floating plastic

A new study reports that baby Florida sea turtles are consuming large quantities of plastic waste during a critical early life stage at sea.

Catherine Eastman, Sea Turtle Hospital Program Coordinator, Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, University of Florida • conversation
Aug. 31, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: plastic plastic-pollution animal-welfare endangered-species veterinary-medicine florida plastic-waste ocean-plastic plastic-bags sea-turtles sargasso-sea

Seaweed: The food and fuel of the future?

The farming of seaweed is accelerating as firms exploit its fast growth and green credentials.

By Adrienne Murray • bbcnews
Aug. 27, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: plastic-pollution faroe-islands

Microplastic in Atlantic Ocean 'could weigh 21 million tonnes'

There are 12-21 million tonnes of tiny plastic fragments floating in the ocean, scientists say.

By Victoria Gill • bbcnews
Aug. 18, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: environment plastic plastic-pollution marine-biology atlantic-ocean

Healthcare is still hooked on single-use plastic PPE, but there are more sustainable options

The UK alone may use 10 million disposable items each day, though more sustainable alternatives are available.

Chloe Way, PhD Researcher in Geography and Environmental Science, University of Southampton • conversation
Aug. 6, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: personal-protective-equipment plastic-pollution

Abandoned fibreglass boats are releasing toxins and microplastics across the world

Too many small yachts and speedboats are simply being abandoned to shed toxins and microplastics into the sea.

Corina Ciocan, Senior Lecturer in Marine Biology, University of Brighton • conversation
Aug. 4, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: plastic-pollution marine-biology ships microplastic boats

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