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A billion more tons of plastic could blanket Earth by 2040

Even with immediate action, 710 million metric tons of plastic will enter the environment in the next two decades, scientists show. Welcome to Plastic Planet.

COVID-19 has resurrected single-use plastics – are they back to stay?

Pandemic precautions have given new life to disposable plastic products, which the industry claims are more 'hygienic' than reusables. But critics say there's no scientific evidence this is so.

Nick Mallos: Plastics epidemic: Let's not waste the opportunity to tackle waste

While PPE is absolutely critical to tackling the pandemic, we must address the increased strain that they place on our already overburdened waste management systems if we want to avoid aggravating another crisis: ocean plastic pollution.

Another reason to cut down on plastics

This month, millions of people across 177 countries have pledged to cut down on the amount of plastic they use, including by using environmentally conscious face masks.

Amazon has eliminated single-use plastic at its Indian fulfilment centers

Last year, Amazon pledged to eliminate single-use plastics in its packaging across its fulfilment centers in India - now it's made good on that promise.

Floating litter booms are now on Cape Town’s rivers to help fight plastic waste

A series of innovative floating plastic litter booms has just made its way onto Cape Town's waterways, which will go a long way toward collecting waste that otherwise would have dispersed into the ocean or potentially become hazardous for those living along the riverbanks near it.

COVID-19 is laying waste to many US recycling programs

The COVID-019 pandemic has boosted use of disposable packaging and personal protective equipment, at the same time that many recycling programs are facing budget cuts. The upshot: More plastic trash.

Senator Udall on the “Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act”

In February, New Mexico U-S Senator Tom Udall and California Congressman Alan Lowenthal introduced the first-ever comprehensive bill in Congress to tackle the plastic waste crisis.

Takataka Plastics turns plastic waste into COVID face shields

Takataka Plastics is trying to build a local market for recycling—and has quickly pivoted to pandemic response.

Nestlé weights sale of water unit in push toward sustainability

Facing tepid sales and criticism from environmental groups, the Swiss food giant is looking to exit brands like Poland Spring and Deer Park.

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.

Coronavirus is causing a flurry of plastic waste; campaigners fear it may be permanent

All of the defining images of the coronavirus pandemic seem to feature one thing: plastic.

Coronavirus plastic waste polluting the environment

Single-use masks, gloves and bottles of sanitizer shielding us from the spread of COVID-19 are ending up on the streets, in the seas and among wildlife.
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Stranded whales and dolphins offer a snapshot of ocean contamination

"Many of the chemical profiles that we see in cetaceans are similar to the types of chemical profiles that we see in humans who live in those coastal areas."

Cutting forests and disturbing natural habitats increases our risk of wildlife diseases

A new study found that animals known to carry harmful diseases such as the novel coronavirus are more common in landscapes intensively used by people.

The President’s green comedy routine

A token, triumphal green moment for a president and party who just might need such a thing in an election year.

Diversity and community focus: The future of science communication

How EHN's Agents of Change series highlighted the inequities—and opportunities—in environmental health.

Cutting edge of science

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

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