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The bill increases the maximum fine for the second offense of flying a drone above critical infrastructure from $2,000 to $4,000.
Drilling and refining has often come at the expense of Black communities, engulfing our neighborhoods with massive amounts of toxic pollution

But many studies describe the problem rather than pointing to solutions.

The Philippines was the largest contributing country to the plastic waste that reaches the ocean, with the Pasig River ranked as the most polluting river in the world, a study by a Dutch nonprofit showed.

Researchers at the University of Cambridge have found a way to make plastic from abundant and sustainable plant proteins. Inspired by spider silk, the film works in a way similar to other plastics, but it can be composted at home.

It’s both durable and strong, but also easily breaks down in nature—unlike some other “compostable” plastics.
When it’s no longer needed, the plastic starts eating itself from the inside.

“Mount Recyclemore" depicts President Biden and other leaders with e-waste.

G7 leaders should act to protect the world's oceans by pushing for agreements on plastic pollution and protecting the Arctic and Antarctic, experts said.

In Africa, marine pollution is reaching alarming proportions. One of the causes of this phenomenon is the uncontrolled disposal of solid waste (such as plastic, household, electronic, organic, medical, faecal sludge, etc.).

In honor of World Ocean Day, the Maui Ocean Center Marine Institute announced a beach cleanup program that allows residents and visitors to Maui to take a hands-on approach to help protect marine environments and collect data.

As part of a broader effort to create a circular economy that reduces waste and greenhouse gas emissions, the EU will ban a host of throwaway plastic items next month and is working to create an expansive and lucrative market for recycled plastics.

Even producers have an interest in global rules on plastic waste that would resolve the inconsistencies among countries.

To clean up our oceans, we first need to understand what they’re actually filled with. And it’s different from what you might have heard.
Most plastics take hundreds of years to decompose. This one, from case maker Pivet, harnesses the power of hungry microbes.
The clothing supply chain releases some 265 million pounds of microfibers that wash into the environment each year.
A stream of bubbles is catching trash in Amsterdam's Westerdok canal, preventing it from ultimately flowing into the North Sea.

Steve Green and Monika Hertlová have been honoured for their selfless work helping the environment.

MerMade is rising from the sea with 65-gallon recycling bins made from fully traceable, certified ocean plastic sourced from Oceanworks.

The equivalent of a rubbish truck load of plastic is dumped into the ocean every minute. Isabelle Gerretsen looks at some of the key impacts.

The benefits that IRG claims would accrue to the community and the environment if its plant were built, even if accurate, are heavily outweighed by the foreseeable long-term human health costs and environmental damage of operating the proposed plant.

Scientists have long suspected that the tiny plastic particles floating in the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers — consumed by a growing number of aquatic species — are anything but harmless.

On World Environment Day, German Chancellor Angela Merkel used her weekly podcast to discuss the upcoming EU ban on single-use plastics.

Mabon is an 8-year-old boy from the north Welsh coast. He works with his mother to keep the beaches there clean, spending hours each week scouring the coast for plastic washed up on the sand.

California is often seen as a national leader on eco-friendly policy, but environmentalists say that perception doesn't match the brutal year they've faced in the state Legislature.

I was with some colleagues walking on a beach on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica in 1986, just north of the crumbling town of Limón and south of a large nesting area for green sea turtles.

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Peter Dykstra joins host Bobby Bascomb to talk about the resurgence of humpbacks in Australian waters. Then, a look at a Sri Lankan beach covered in 2 feet of plastic pellets called nurdles. Finally, the pair check the history books for a story where a nuclear power plant was converted into a massive park and solar-generating station.

One boat won’t make much of a dent in the ocean plastic problem itself, but the Manta could illustrate new solutions.

The revamped rules are billed as a “bold step," but critics say the burden could be passed to consumers, and that new targets are too low.

The reality is that less than 10 percent of the plastic ever created has actually been recycled.
One expert said the pellets, known as nurdles, "will persist in the marine environment forever as they are not biodegradable."
A rise in container-ship accidents adds to the growing marine plastic pollution problem and poses risks to ocean health, wildlife and mariners.
The Singapore-flagged X-Press Pearl has already covered the country's coastline in tons of plastic pellets and threatens to spill oil into its rich fishing waters.
Packaging peanuts aren’t really peanuts, but they could really be popcorn.
Plastic, paper, metal and household waste — some 90% of trash ends up in landfills in South Africa. One recycling startup wants change that by rewarding those who separate their refuse.