Plastic waste rises as 1.5bn 'bags for life' sold, research finds

Households bought 54 "reusable" bags on average last year, research says, prompting calls for a ban.

BBC Science News | Nov. 28, 2019 | bbcnews
~4 mins   

Tags: environment greenpeace retailing tesco plastic-pollution morrisons waitrose plastic-bag-charge plastic

Attenborough: World 'changing habits' on plastic

"I think we're all shifting our behaviour," the BBC broadcaster says as he wins a prestigious award.

By David Shukman | Nov. 19, 2019 | bbcnews
~4 mins   

Tags: environment plastic-pollution david-attenborough plastic

Western plastics 'poisoning Indonesian food chain'

Chicken eggs were found to contain 70 times the level allowed under European safety standards.

By Louis Lee Ray, Resty Woro Yuniar and Sri Kusmiati | Nov. 14, 2019 | bbcnews
~6 mins   

Tags: indonesia waste-management plastic-pollution plastic

Netherlands forced to slash speed limit to reduce emissions

The daytime motorway limit will be cut to 100km/h (62 mph) in a bid to tackle a pollution crisis.

BBC Science News | Nov. 13, 2019 | bbcnews
~4 mins   

Tags: pollution netherlands

Where plastic outnumbers fish by seven to one

Plastic is building up in the areas of the ocean where fish feed and grow, according to research.

By Helen Briggs | Nov. 12, 2019 | bbcnews
~3 mins   

Tags: environment fish oceans plastic-pollution marine-biology plastic

Climate change: Airlines accused of 'putting profit before planet'

A British Airways insider says the industry deliberately fills planes with extra fuel to save costs.

By Justin Rowlatt | Nov. 10, 2019 | bbcnews
~5 mins   

Tags: air-pollution environment british-airways

Teabags: Is there plastic in yours?

Here's a look at how some of the UK's biggest tea brands are trying to tackle the plastic problem.

By Katie Wright | Nov. 6, 2019 | bbcnews
~10 mins   

Tags: environment plastic-pollution plastic

Pesticide poisoned French paradise islands in Caribbean

France has a pollution crisis in the Caribbean caused by toxic chlordecone sprayed on banana crops.

By Laurence Peter | Oct. 24, 2019 | bbcnews
~7 mins   

Tags: environment pollution france caribbean guadeloupe agriculture prostate-cancer martinique

Northern Ireland's seas a 'mixed picture'

Most seabird populations, including kittiwakes, puffins and herring gulls, remain at risk.

By Conor Macauley | Oct. 24, 2019 | bbcnews
~3 mins   

Tags: wildlife pollution

The battle to break plastic's bonds

US chemists have turned plastic into motor oil, but the scientific battle to break down the tide of plastic waste continues.

By Victoria Gill | Oct. 23, 2019 | bbcnews
~6 mins   

Tags: chemistry recycling plastic-pollution plastic

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