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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.

Billions of tiny plastic pellets are floating in the ocean, causing as much damage as oil spills, yet they are still not classified as hazardous.

The existence of plastics in large bodies of water results in a multitude of issues, including the disruption of the ecosystem when animals ingest plastics and release toxic gas and foods containing tiny plastics. 
Quantifying the dangers of plastic pollution in the seas and nature, a team of researchers in a new study estimates that about half of the world’s seabirds have ingested plastic additives.

Casella Waste Systems fired up Vermont's $3 million waste-processing plant in January and, with it, a controversy about the new type of food waste it generates.

‘The model is holding a child’s doll, looking out over the wreckage. It represents the future generations we’re condemning to environmental catastrophe’
Under a new law, a large portion of the country's produce will no longer be sold in single-use plastic containers.
Heavy industries like shipping, steel and plastics have long opted out of climate action. That is starting to change.

On Nov. 22, Pittsburgh City Councilor Erika Strassburger (D-Shadyside) introduced a bill that would regulate the sale of single-use plastic bags within the Pittsburgh city.

While the chemistry industry has an important role to play in moving to low-carbon economies it's also hugely carbon intensive and predicted to become more so.

As part of the company’s goal to become fully circular, it needs to work to eliminate the 10% of its packaging that still uses plastic.

Single-use plastics and other forms of waste pollution are finding their way to Sarangani Bay, which puts the water's diverse ecosystem in peril as well as the livelihood of fisherfolk.

Campaigners have warned that British beaches are being inundated by a form of plastic pollution that looks exactly like rocks.

The founder and chief scientist at Environmental Health Sciences makes his case for a new set of R's around plastics: rethink, redesign, reform.

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Oceanic colonies are hotbeds of antibiotic-resistant genes. Now, it seems, something similar might be going on in the dark recesses of your home.

Even art can be destroyed by the toxic effects of our runaway carbon emissions. Even plastic art.

On the Farallon Islands, invasive mice and hungry owls are a deadly combination that threatens the endangered ashy storm petrel.

Are we just going to keep making plastics and other endocrine-disrupting products until the environment is irreparably compromised and future generations are sterile?

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The United States threw its support behind negotiations on a treaty to curb plastic pollution, ending a key holdup in international efforts to clean up the planet's oceans and save marine life.

Piles of cardboard and fleets of delivery trucks are changing the environmental equation of retail.
German consumers religiously return their bottles under the bottle deposit scheme. But how exactly does it work? And is it a model other countries could follow?

"Safe" limits on human exposure to phthalates set by national and international regulatory authorities may not adequately protect public health, according to a new analysis published in the journal Environmental Health on Monday.

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The co-director of the Peak Plastic Foundation discusses the size and shape of the plastic problem, how the pandemic reshaped the plastic landscape, and how food fits into the plastics puzzle.
Trading buzzwords, talking circularity and grappling with the role of clothes in the climate crisis.
An investigation by German journalists alleges that the company is breaking German law by downcycling shoes that could be resold.

Two prominent scientists are refusing to allow their work to be included in the Science Museum's collection because of the institution's links to Shell.

The strategy calls for a “circular economy” approach to recycling, with particular attention to environmental justice and climate impacts. But some say the plan is flawed.
All around the world the remnants of a global pandemic are testing the resolve of governments and private firms to rid the planet of its waste.
Almost all of the glitter you’ve ever used is still floating around the planet. This new formulation has just one ingredient, but it’s still as shimmery as the original.
It’s common practice for apparel brands to hop from factory to factory in search of cost savings. Experts say this keeps companies hooked on fossil fuels.
At COP26, delegates address the need to curb emissions and mass consumption to save the planet while the reality of today’s throwaway society is all too apparent nearby.

The Mediterranean is considered to be one of the world's most polluted bodies of water due to waste disposal problems in many countries bordering the sea, as well as the intensity of marine activity in the region.

On the penultimate day of COP26, scientists have deployed plastic pollution tracking devices into the ocean around Scotland.

Some 8 million metric tons of pandemic-related plastic waste has been created by 193 countries, about 26,000 tons of which is now in the world's oceans, where it threatens to disrupt marine life and further pollute beaches, a recent study found.