On the coast of Chile, bird nests show the scars of plastic pollution

A new study — and photos — offer a striking look at how plastic pollution has hammered ocean and coastal ecosystems.
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New super-enzyme eats plastic bottles six times faster

A super-enzyme that degrades plastic bottles six times faster than before has been created by scientists and could be used for recycling within a year or two.


You’re generating so much waste with food deliveries. What if it came in reusable containers instead?

Dispatch Goods is a new zero-waste container system for restaurants. Get your food delivered in a metal container. They’ll come pick it up, clean it, and bring it back to the restaurant.

Our plastic planet

It's always a challenge to find good news on the climate and environment beat. And we all desperately need a little more of the upbeat stuff right now.

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Living on Earth: Beyond the Headlines

Peter Dykstra and Living on Earth's Jenni Doering take a look at nurdles, tiny pellets of plastic that are turning up on coasts around the world. Then, the pair travel to the South African town of Ermelo, where coal miners are trying to switch to solar farms.


Plastic pollution: Body Shop will buy 600 tons of waste plastic

Waste-pickers in some developing countries make a living by trading trash in an informal industry that can be dangerous and dirty, but The Body Shop is now working to source plastic from them — and wants other companies to join the initiative.

Even paper bags will be banned from N.J. supermarkets

The bill, which would make the state the first to ban single-use paper bags at supermarkets, would also ban single-use plastic bags in stores and restaurants.

How coronavirus has affected plastic use in the hotel industry

Long before Brexit and Covid-19 obliterated all other thoughts, the travel industry's over-reliance on single-use plastics was the big issue.


These carbon-negative, ocean-degradable straws and forks are made from greenhouse gases

Newlight has developed a material—made by microbes—that uses methane to make everything from utensils to purses to glasses.

Flip-flops, fishing gear pile up at Aldabra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Recovering the plastic trash on Aldabra could cost as much as $7.3 million, a large price to pay for a small island nation like Seychelles.


Newfoundland and Labrador is a ‘net exporter’ of plastic pollution

A comprehensive report of data spanning six decades concludes the vast majority of plastic pollution along the province's coasts originates right here.

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Why environmental justice needs to be on the docket in the presidential debates: Derrick Z. Jackson

If you want to talk about the inequality in our economy, COVID-19, race, and silent violence in our cities, you need to start with environmental injustice.

Disinfection dangers: How to avoid viruses without exposing yourself to toxics

COVID-19 has all of us cleaning more—but the products designed to kill viruses and bacteria can have dangerous health impacts. Here's how to scrub safely.

Microplastics in farm soils: A growing concern

Researchers say that more microplastics pollution is getting into farm soil than oceans—and these tiny bits are showing up in our fruits, veggies, and bodies.

Cutting edge of science

An exclusive look at important research just over the horizon that promises to impact our health and the environment

Building a library of American environmental classics (Part Two)

More recommendations for your home eco-library.

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