West Coast cleanup nets over 200 tonnes of marine debris

A shocking 210 tonnes of flotsam and plastic detritus was removed over six weeks from a mere 300 kilometres of B.C.'s intricate 25,000-kilometre shoreline in a massive cleanup of the ecologically sensitive shores of the Great Bear Rainforest.
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Bay Area group sues Coca-Cola over plastic pollution 'greenwashing'

A Bay Area environmental group is suing Coca-Cola for false advertising, accusing the multinational beverage corporation of "greenwashing" its image despite generating more plastic pollution than any other company in the world.

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Drones are helping to clean up the world's plastic pollution

UK startup Ellipsis Earth is using drones and computer software to map trash around the world.
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Europe’s drive to slash plastic waste moves into high gear

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.

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These microscopic robots swim through the ocean and dissolve microplastics

Our oceans are filled with tiny pieces of plastic. These tiny devices can break them down.
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As the rest of world tackles plastics disposal, the U.S. resists

The United Nations Basel Convention regulates international transport of hazardous waste, which in 2021 expanded to include plastics. But the U.S. has never fully implemented the agreement; Biden may change that.
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A giant levitating tap spewing garbage: How a Montreal artist is raising awareness of plastic pollution

Volunteers in Montreal are helping to construct a massive art installation around 10 metres tall, which will take the form of a giant levitating tap, spewing plastic garbage, all to make a statement on plastic pollution in our oceans.
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Polluted coastlines: How a diver reinvented his career to clean up N.L.'s harbours

Shawn Bath switched his underwater focus after experiencing an epiphany about the state of Newfoundland and Labrador's shorelines. As Andie Bulman writes, his work is the subject of a new documentary.
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The plastic cradles of life

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?
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How far does trash travel down the Mississippi? Scientists put GPS in plastic bottles to find out

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.
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SC Johnson's support of Plastic Bank helps reduce ocean pollution

With funding from SC Johnson, Plastic Bank has established more than 250 collection points in Indonesia, Brazil and the Philippines.
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Inside the new world of plastic credits

In their attempts to go “plastic neutral,” some companies are paying to clean up plastic from nature. But does that mean anything if it just gives them license to make more plastic themselves?
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They're everywhere: New study finds polyester fibres throughout the Arctic Ocean

Microplastic pollution is a global issue, but where do they come from and how are they transported across the ocean?

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Climate storytelling: Creativity and imagination in the face of bleak realities

Working with youth writers on a climate-fiction screenplay has opened my eyes to the power of the arts in confronting environmental crises.

Peter Dykstra: Protected by an alphabet soup of acronyms

CITES, CCAMLR, LDC, MBTA, CBD, Ramsar, LWCF ... they may make your eyes glaze over, but they protect our health and planet.

Alabama PFAS manufacturing plant creates the climate pollution of 125,000 cars

The manufacturing plant responsible for PFAS-coated fast food packaging pumps out loads of a banned ozone-depleting compound along with "forever chemicals."

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