More than 100 environmental groups have called on the government to prohibit the import of plastic waste and instead encourage the use of domestic plastic waste for recycling as a way to safeguard the environment and promote the circular economy.
China will ramp up its efforts to phase out single-use plastics, boost recycling and promote alternatives to plastic in the next five years in a bid to curb pollution and meet the country's carbon neutrality targets.
Researchers previously thought that sunlight would only ever break down plastics in the sea into microplastics – which then persist in the environment forever. But analysis of real-world bags produced by retailers showed that the effect of sunlight is often very different.
Water, sediments and biota in the Sal river—a major water body in South Goa—are contaminated with microplastics, the most common being black MPs which are caused by the abrasion of motor vehicle tyres on road surfaces, a study has revealed.
Plastic made in 2019 will cost the environment and society about $3.7 trillion – or more than the gross domestic product of India – over its estimated lifetime, according to a new report by wildlife charity WWF.
From endangered freshwater dolphins drowned by discarded fishing nets to elephants scavenging through rubbish, migratory species are among the most vulnerable to plastic pollution, a United Nations report on the Asia-Pacific region says.
At a Ministerial Conference, Spain's Ministry of Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (MITECO) has advocated the need to create an Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Marine Litter and Plastic Pollution.
Lawyers at the University of Victoria Environmental Law Centre are calling for an independent assessment of three proposed petrochemical and plastics facilities in Prince George, B.C., that they say pose "profound risks to the global environment."