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

Tags: plastic plastic-pollution

Price of plastic carrier bags in England to double to 10p next year

The fee for single-use bags will rise to 10p and be extended to all shops from April 2021.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Aug. 31, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: plastic greenpeace department-for-environment-food-rural-affairs plastic-bag-charge

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

Plastic pollution to weigh 1.3 billion tonnes by 2040

An estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of plastic is destined for the environment by 2040 unless global action is taken, scientists say.

By Victoria Gill • bbcnews
July 23, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: environment pollution plastic

River Thames 'severely polluted with plastic'

The Thames has some of the highest recorded levels of microplastics in the world, a study says.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
July 21, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: environment pollution plastic plastic-pollution river-thames

Washing machines' microplastic filters 'untested'

Filters can cut ocean-bound microplastics from washing machines, but more tests are needed, study finds.

By Mark Kinver • bbcnews
June 27, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: environment plastic plastic-pollution

Pollution: Birds 'ingesting hundreds of bits of plastic a day'

Plastic pollutants in UK rivers are finding their way into wildlife and moving up the food chain.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
May 21, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: environment pollution wildlife plastic plastic-pollution

High microplastic concentration found on ocean floor

Mediterranean sediments are shown to have up to 1.9 million tiny plastic pieces per square metre.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
April 30, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: earth-science pollution plastic plastic-pollution oceans

UK using 1.2 billion tonnes of material a year

The figure is the equivalent of 18.5 tonnes of material per person and that has increased.

By Roger Harrabin • bbcnews
April 2, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: plastic landfill

Plastic: How to predict threats to animals in oceans and rivers

Scientists find out more about the threats of plastic to thousands of fish, whales and other aquatic life.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
March 27, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: animals plastic plastic-pollution oceans marine-biology whales

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