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Green campaigners have urged higher prices for so-called bags for life after dramatic sales increases at some retailers since the ending of sales of single-use plastic carrier bags.

A project aimed at reducing plastic pollution along the Mississippi River is deploying new technology in an ancient form: This is not your average message in a bottle.

The two countries said they would treat global warming “with the seriousness and urgency that it demands.”

Animal models and human studies suggest that forever chemicals, delivered through water, food, and air, alter the immune system, potentially diminishing our ability to fight disease or respond to a vaccine.

Trash heaps deep in the ocean have attracted an array of creatures to live—and even spawn—on them. Are these dumps actually biodiversity hotspots?
A new law could soon see toxic chemicals, including harmful plastics, undergo more rigorous assessments aimed at better protecting vulnerable Canadians, the Trudeau government has announced.
Fashion Revolution Week, April 19-25, looks to promote local fashion, sustainable alternatives to microfiber-laden "Fast Fashion."
Personal protective equipment is made of plastic and isn't recyclable. Now it’s being found everywhere on earth, including the oceans. The solution isn’t complicated: Throw them away.
Riders’ water bottles are treasured souvenirs among cycling fans. Cyclists are unhappy with a new rule that outlaws tossing them into the crowd.
At any given time, 1,100 tons of microplastic are floating over the western US. New modeling shows the surprising sources of the nefarious pollutant.

Microplastics, tiny fragments ubiquitous in bodies of water the world over, remain a dire threat to the Black Sea in Turkey's north.

Tiny bits of plastic from your packaging and soda bottles could be traveling in the atmosphere across entire continents, carried by winds, a new study found.
A growing number of U.S. veterans say they have developed serious health ailments after facing prolonged exposure to flaming trash piles at overseas bases.
A pilot in Seattle will offer customers reusable mugs. In South Korea, the company will phase out single-use cups entirely.
Experts say China's ban forced Maine and the country to confront 'flaws' in its waste system, and advocates hope greater awareness and pending state and federal legislation will kick-start more recycling.
A project aimed at reducing plastic pollution along the Mississippi River is deploying new technology in an ancient form: This is not your average message in a bottle.

Unanimous City Council concerned how $9.4 billion complex would affect constituents 65 miles downriver.

As an island nation, we all have a relationship with the ocean and we must reach out and enable new and diverse ocean activists from city centres to coastal crofts.

The public is being urged to clear plastic and litter from their local beaches, rivers and parks as part of a million-mile clean-up to mark the emergence from lockdown.

With funding from SC Johnson, Plastic Bank has established more than 250 collection points in Indonesia, Brazil and the Philippines.

Malaysia became the destination of choice for the world's plastic waste after China banned imports in 2018, but is struggling to fend off a deluge of generally unlicensed unrecyclable garbage.

If you can get it from the tap, you can’t buy it in these Oregon and California supermarkets.
The appeal of the Netflix hit is that it suggests there’s one solution to the ocean’s woes. That’s not true. A marine ecologist explains.
Amy Ash knew reducing her waste wouldn’t be easy. But the cost of wasting less took her by surprise.

Mangroves are known to trap plastic waste and stop it entering the sea, but this defense comes at a high cost to mangrove forests themselves, a new study shows.

Companies that make, use, dispose, and recycle plastics must participate in international efforts to restrict plastic waste and chemicals used to make plastic, because the policies will affect how they do business, industry officials say.
The world’s biggest online retailer must become a leader in reducing single-use packaging.

A new report from the Ocean Conservancy said nearly 100 percent of volunteers found PPE at coastal cleanup sites, including in Oregon, with face masks the most common item.

For years, European countries have built “waste-to-energy” incinerators, saying new technology minimized pollution and boosted energy production. But with increasing concern about the plants’ CO2 emissions, the EU is now withdrawing support for these trash-burning facilities.
A bill proposing to ban exports of non-recyclable plastic waste from Canada to foreign countries narrowly passed through a parliamentary committee Wednesday.

"Seeing" our family car litter 15 plastic straws out its tailpipe every second on the highway completely changed my understanding of our climate pollution emergency. And then I did the math for my flight.

The waste caught by fishing boats used to be thrown back into the sea but in Kerala it is now turned into black gold.