plastic pollution

Swedish Company Trains Crows to Clean Up Cigarette Butts

Swedish Company Trains Crows to Clean Up Cigarette Butts

Cigarette butts are the No. 1 form of plastic pollution, with around 4.5 trillion tossed cigarette butts in the world today. In Sweden, a company called Corvid Cleaning is using crows to pick up this discarded waste. For every butt deposited, the birds earn food. They collect the cigarettes, then drop them off in a […]

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    Microbes Are Evolving to Digest Plastic, Study Finds

    Microbes Are Evolving to Digest Plastic, Study Finds

    It’s no secret that plastic is taking over our planet at a rapid pace. Now, researchers of one study have found that microbes in the oceans and soil all around the world are quickly evolving to digest the plastic. The study authors say these findings show “a measurable effect of plastic pollution on the global […]

    Microplastics May Increase Antibiotic Resistance, Study Finds

    Microplastics May Increase Antibiotic Resistance, Study Finds

    A new study from Rice University has found that microplastic particles may allow bacteria to develop higher resistance to antibiotics. As microplastics are just about everywhere — in your takeout containers, tea bags, and clothing — the research is concerning. With higher antibiotic resistance, bacteria can make it harder for human immune systems to fight […]

    U.S. Is World’s Biggest Producer of Plastic Waste, Report Finds

    U.S. Is World’s Biggest Producer of Plastic Waste, Report Finds

    The United States is the world’s leader in the generation of plastic waste, nearly all from fossil fuels, and must develop a plan to curb its destructive impacts on the health of oceans and marine wildlife, concludes a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The first recommendation of the committee […]