plastic pollution

Snake Vomiting Bottle Highlights World’s Plastic Problem

Snake Vomiting Bottle Highlights World’s Plastic Problem

Disturbing footage of a snake in Goa, India vomiting an empty soft drink bottle highlights the world’s mounting plastic pollution crisis. The clip shows a handler and several bystanders observing a cobra writhing and eventually regurgitating a disposable bottle that it probably mistook for food. The group cheers as the reptile successfully discharges the item. […]

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    How Best to Rid the World’s Oceans of Plastic?

    How Best to Rid the World’s Oceans of Plastic?

    The Ocean Cleanup, the Dutch foundation aiming to eliminate ocean plastic, unveiled Thursday a major design update to its highly vaunted cleanup system and announced that the technology will be deployed in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the first half of 2018, two years ahead of schedule. Boyan Slat, the 22-year-old founder and CEO […]

    Fracking Pennsylvania to Make Plastics in Scotland?

    Fracking Pennsylvania to Make Plastics in Scotland?

    A new report from Food & Water Watch documents how a Scottish energy billionaire’s dangerous plan to ship gas liquids across the Atlantic is linked to a controversial pipeline currently under construction across Pennsylvania. The report, The Trans-Atlantic Plastics Pipeline, tracks how the fracking boom in the U.S. has spawned a resurgence in petrochemical and […]

    22-Year-Old Raises $21.7 Million to Rid Pacific Ocean of Plastic

    22-Year-Old Raises $21.7 Million to Rid Pacific Ocean of Plastic

    The Ocean Cleanup—the ambitious Dutch venture devoted to ridding the world’s oceans of plastics—announced this week that it has raised $21.7 million in donations since last November. This latest round of funding brings The Ocean Cleanup’s total funding since 2013 to $31.5 million and allows the startup to initiate large-scale trials of its cleanup technology […]

    This Tiny Caterpillar Could Help Solve the World’s Plastic Crisis

    This Tiny Caterpillar Could Help Solve the World’s Plastic Crisis

    A research team discovered that the caterpillars of the greater wax moth—considered a pest in Europe because it eats the beeswax from honeycombs—also has the ability to biodegrade polyethylene, the same material used in whale-choking, landfill-clogging plastic shopping bags. Incredibly, this discovery was all down to chance. Scientist and amateur beekeeper Federica Bertocchini of Spain’s […]

    Our Plastic Habit Now Pollutes the Arctic Ocean

    Our Plastic Habit Now Pollutes the Arctic Ocean

    Ocean plastic has reached the northernmost ends of the earth. The remote and icy waters of the Arctic Ocean are also being inundated by this form of non-biodegradable pollution. According to a paper published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances, currents carrying trash, originating mostly from the North Atlantic, are flowing north into the Greenland […]

    Edible Water Globes Set to Replace Plastic Bottles

    Edible Water Globes Set to Replace Plastic Bottles

    Bottled water is bad for the planet in many ways, especially since it tends to leave behind a mountain of plastic waste and other wasteful packaging material. To help make this problem disappear, London-based startup Skipping Rocks Lab created the Ooho, a biodegradable and fully edible capsule for water. These golf ball-sized sachets are made […]