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Plastic pollution threatens marine life, humans and ecosystems. Enter FRED, a future vacuum of the ocean

A nonprofit group is trying to help solve one of the planet’s most daunting problems: oceans littered with plastic.
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Plastic bag bans around the world: Who’s leading the way?

Plastic bag bans are sweeping the globe. But it’s too soon to tell how effective they are keeping single use plastic out of landfills and the ocean.
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Plastic threatens our health from before production to long after it’s thrown away: Report

Plastic pollution is a "threat to human life and human rights" and, in order to stem this problem, we have to overhaul how we produce, use and dispose of it, according to an international report released today.

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Industry launches campaign to rid ocean of plastic. Is it for real?

The plastics industry has a new billion-dollar campaign to get plastic trash out of the ocean. But is industry really suited to clean up the mess its products create?

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