A look ahead at the issues that will affect—and connect—chemists and chemistry across the globe. Expect to see companies and regulators return their focus to environmental issues such as plastics recycling, climate change, persistent pollutants, and clean energy.
Plastic bags and flexible packaging are the deadliest plastic items in the ocean, killing wildlife including whales, dolphins, turtles and seabirds around the globe, according to a review of hundreds of scientific articles.
The UK's largest supermarket removes more than 20m pieces of single-use plastic from its Christmas range this year – including crackers, lights, cards and the packaging for puddings – as part of a national drive to reduce plastic pollution.
Russia's powerful petroleum industry feels a mounting pressure from alternative energy sources, and strong voices now say the country's vast natural gas resources in the Arctic should be used in petrochemical production.