Packaging generates a lot of waste – now Maine and Oregon want manufacturers to foot the bill for getting rid of it

Maine and Oregon have enacted laws that require makers of consumer product packaging to pay for recycling or disposing of it. Will other states follow?
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Plastic Pollution

Social cost of plastic pollution more than GDP of India

The pollution, emissions and clean-up costs of plastic produced in 2019 alone could be $3.7 trillion, according to a report.
Plastic Pollution

Plastic pollution in lakes provides a habitat for microscopic algae, research finds

Plastic pollution in freshwater lakes can become an established habitat for microscopic algae within just two weeks, according to new research.

Amid the plastic waste crisis, a New scientific discovery offers hope

A team of Chinese scientists has converted a common type of waste plastic into valuable commodities. That could be good news for our trash-choked planet.

87 percent of American shoppers concerned about plastics, packaging waste: Poll

The poll also found that 47 percent of Americans would choose to buy recyclable products if given that option.

LISTEN: Terra Verde: Let's get plastics out of schools

Jacqueline Omania of Oxford Elementary's Zero Waste Classroom Project, and Dianna Cohen, CEO of Plastic Pollution Coalition discuss plastic waste and classroom solutions with Terra Verde host and Earth Island Journal Editor Maureen Nandini Mitra.

Colorado bans plastic bags and Styrofoam, creates bag fee

Single-use plastic bags and Styrofoam takeout containers will eventually be a thing of the past in Colorado after Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill on Tuesday to phase them out.

5 things to know about the EU single-use plastics ban

The plastic food containers, coffee cups and cutlery that came with all that take-away during lockdown are now off the table as the EU gives single-use plastics the bin.

Plastic recycling could be more dangerous than you think

Efforts to end plastic pollution with recycling could leave people — and the environment — laden with poisonous chemicals, a new study has found.

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.

Chemicals in plastic wastes contaminate food chain – study

Burning and improper disposal of plastic wastes lead to contamination of the food chain, especially in developing countries like the Philippines, a global study showed.

Chemicals in plastic wastes contaminate food chain – study

Burning and improper disposal of plastic waste leads to contamination of the food chain, especially in developing countries like the Philippines, a global study showed.


These bottles are made from plastic recycled by enzymes

The enzymes break down plastic to the molecular level, making it easier to use different kinds of plastics to make new bottles.

Plastic waste: The Flintshire takeaways switching to reusable containers

Six restaurants are switching plastic trays to reusable metal tins for takeaway customers.

Petrochemical giants exploit recycling to ramp up plastics production

Australians try to do the right thing each week by separating recyclables into colour-coded wheelie bins. Meanwhile, the plastics industry undermines such efforts: massively ramping up production of virgin plastic.

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Researchers, doctors call for regulators to reassess safety of taking acetaminophen during pregnancy

The painkiller, taken by half of pregnant women worldwide, could be contributing to rising rates of reproductive system problems and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.

LISTEN: Azmal Hossan on the sociology of climate crises in South Asia

"If we look at the rate of carbon emissions, most is emitted by the developed and industrialized countries, but the problem is poor countries like Bangladesh are the main sufferers."

Op-ed: We don’t have time for another fossil fuel bridge

Those holding up carbon capture and hydrogen as new climate solutions are leading us down the wrong path.

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.

Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

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.

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