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The average person is responsible for the disposal of an estimated 22 pounds of single-use plastic waste per month. A new programme launching tomorrow will offer consumers the option to "offset" that plastic waste by funding the clean up of 22 pounds of plastic from the environment.

The world's nations are racing to rein in the climate crisis while maintaining strong economies. Troublingly, Canada is far behind in this time-critical race to build a low-carbon economy. Our decades of foot-dragging have put both our future prosperity and our climate at risk.

Endangered turtles and dolphins species in the River Ganges are at risk from becoming entangled in abandoned fishing gear, new research has found.

Binish Desai has already made more than 40,000 bricks for projects including homes and factories, and is gearing up to produce 15,000 a day.

The Ocean Cleanup is a highly touted nonprofit with the ambitious goal of cleaning up 90 percent of the ocean's plastic. In reality, the initiative's impact on the world's floating debris would be minimal, researchers reported recently in Science of the Total Environment.

Villagers once burned the toxic waste as fuel, but a pioneering couple's radical education model uses it much more creatively.

A stealthy source of pollution leaves the highway in astonishing amounts and heads to sea, toxic chemicals and all.

Researchers found bags of bottle caps can serve as a home-base for bacteria to remove excess nitrogen from the water, lessening toxic algae blooms

Scientists have found microplastics hidden in the snow and streams on the famous climber's mecca, Mount Everest, adding to the concerning body of evidence that no place on the planet is free from these microscopic pollutants.

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Young people are often dubbed "Generation Green" – millennials and teenagers championing climate action and environmental values, often with a well-aimed dig at older generations who have failed to prevent a climate catastrophe. Yet it is their baby boomer parents and grandparents who are most likely to act in support of green issues.

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Hundreds of sea turtles and marine mammals have been choked, snared, and hooked by plastic debris.

Choked, Strangled, Drowned: The Plastics Crisis Unfolding in our Oceans is the first compilation of data spanning 2009 to early 2020.

A just-released study from the marine conservation group Oceana reports that over 90% of the 1,800 marine animals it studied had eaten plastic, which can lead to pain, starvation, and death.

Britain has thrown its weight behind a new global agreement to tackle the plastic pollution crisis, which would go "far beyond" existing international agreements.

A state district judge sent critical air permits for a $9.4 billion Formosa Plastics complex back to state environmental regulators so they can take a closer look at the St. James Parish facility's emissions impacts on Black residents living nearby.

A new report examines how plastic waste affects marine wildlife.

Last week the Wisconsin Environment Research & Policy Center, along with Plastic Pollution Coalition, BRINGiT, and Student PIRG chapters, pressed Whole Foods to rein in their expanded use of single-use plastic packaging.

For environmental advocates, it includes small measures like reusing ingredients, and broader efforts like rethinking our relationship to the holiday.

Plastic pollution is a global crisis, and countries in the United Nations are considering an international treaty to take on the issue. But the biggest perpetrators seem uninterested in addressing the problem.

Support is growing internationally for a new global treaty to tackle the plastic pollution crisis, it has emerged, though so far without the two biggest per capita waste producers – the US and the UK – which have yet to signal their participation.

Expansion of energy-from-waste incineration could stop UK hitting its net zero carbon target, campaigners warn.

Stuart Gillies wanted to learn what consequences his lifestyle of convenience was having on the planet and how he could alter its trajectory. His journey has been documented in the new film Creatures of Convenience.

Peter Dykstra and Host Bobby Bascomb cover a sweeping ban on single use plastic bags in the State of New Jersey.

As importantly, it’s nearly as cheap as plastic.
At the 36th annual California’s Coastal Cleanup, over 13,000 volunteers collected 130,000 pounds of trash from neighborhoods, beaches, parks and other outdoor recreational areas in September 2020.

Friends of the Earth has welcomed West Dorset MP Chris Loder's support for new legislation to cut plastic pollution.

Life-cycle assessments of food packaging often omit the impact and possible toxicity of plastics leaking into the environment. Excluding these factors gives plastics an unjustified advantage.
Western Australia will start banning single-use plastics within three years.

A new study finds that plastic water bottles submerged three weeks at sea contained more detrimental bacteria than seawater, creating conditions that lead to ocean acidification.