plastic pollution

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 […]

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    Microplastics in Oceans Outnumber Stars in Our Galaxy by 500 Times

    Microplastics in Oceans Outnumber Stars in Our Galaxy by 500 Times

    The United Nations is “declaring war” on the biggest sources of planetary pollution—ocean plastic. On Thursday, the intergovernmental organization’s environment program (UNEP) launched its #CleanSeas campaign at the World Ocean Summit hosted by The Economist in Bali, Indonesia. The unprecedented global initiative urges governments and businesses to take measures to eliminate microplastics from cosmetics and […]

    Toxic Chemicals Banned in 70s Found in Deep Ocean Creatures

    Toxic Chemicals Banned in 70s Found in Deep Ocean Creatures

    English researchers have discovered an alarming amount of toxic pollution in the bodies of amphipods living in the deep sea trenches of the Pacific Ocean. The research team from Newcastle University, the James Hutton Institute and the University of Aberdeen caught and tested small crustaceans in the Mariana and Kermadec trenches, which reach about 30,000 […]

    Man Wears Trash for 30 Days

    Man Wears Trash for 30 Days

    Rob Greenfield, adventurer and activist, wore every piece of trash he created for 30 days. Watch the video to find out the challenges Greenfield faced during this epic experiment.

    Whale Found With 30+ Plastic Bags in Its Stomach

    Whale Found With 30+ Plastic Bags in Its Stomach

    Norwegian zoologists have discovered some 30 plastic bags and other marine debris inside the stomach of a malnourished 20-foot Cuvier’s beaked whale. The whale was an adult male that weighed about 2 tons. Local authorities were forced to euthanize the distressed animal on Jan. 28 after repeatedly stranding itself off the shallow waters of Sotra, […]

    Disposable Plastics Outlawed in One of the World’s Most Populous Regions

    Disposable Plastics Outlawed in One of the World’s Most Populous Regions

    Did you know that nearly a month, India’s National Capital Region—a massive swath of land that includes the nation’s capital territory, Delhi—outlawed disposable plastic? On Jan. 1, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) enacted a ban on one-time use items such as plastic grocery bags and cups for the region’s 54 million inhabitants, the world’s second […]

    The Unintended Consequences of Giving Water

    The Unintended Consequences of Giving Water

    In war, natural disaster and poverty, water is the first relief to arrive alongside the security of life and limb. It is the gift that aids the weary traveler, sits at the table before a meal arrives. The lack of it kills before the lack of food does. It is not a commodity, as in […]

    How California Became America’s First State to Ban Plastic Bags

    How California Became America’s First State to Ban Plastic Bags

    By Matt Davis California’s environmental protections are not for sale. That’s the message California voters sent to out-of-state plastic bag manufacturers when they upheld Proposition 67 by 53 to 47 percent in November. But how did the Golden State manage to win a state-wide bag ban against a national political backdrop that went the other […]

    6 Communities Where Nestlé Bottled Water Plans Are Under Fire

    6 Communities Where Nestlé Bottled Water Plans Are Under Fire

    By Daniel Ross With much of North America still in the grips of a drought going back years, managing dwindling drinking water resources is a pressing topic. And in a year when bottled water sales in the U.S. are expected to exceed soda sales for the first time, Nestlé Waters—a water-for-profit poster child that dominates […]