Tag: plastics

Scientists report ‘heartening’ 30% reduction in plastic pollution on Australia’s coast | Australia news | The Guardian
The amount of plastic pollution on Australia’s coast has decreased by up to 30% on average as a result of work by local governments to reduce litter, according to research by Australia’s science agency. Scientists from CSIRO surveyed 183 coastal sites in six Australian states for plastic and other litter, such as glass, in 2018-19. […]
Cocktail of chemical pollutants linked to falling sperm quality in research | Pollution | The Guardian
A cocktail of chemical pollutants measured in people’s bodies has been linked to falling semen quality by new research. Chemicals such as bisphenols and dioxins are thought to interfere with hormones and damage sperm quality, and the study found combinations of these compounds are present at “astonishing” levels, up to 100 times those considered safe. […]
Almost 90% of us now believe climate change is a problem - across all political persuasions
Getty If a week is a long time in politics, three years is an eternity. Since the 2019 election, Australia has endured devastating megafires and unprecedented floods. Meanwhile, news of extreme weather such as India and Pakistan’s horrific heatwaves has poured in. And international pressure to act on climate change is growing. Perhaps in response, […]
Environmental toxins are worsening obesity pandemic, say scientists | Pollution | The Guardian
Chemical pollution in the environment is supersizing the global obesity epidemic, according to a major scientific review. The idea that the toxins called “obesogens” can affect how the body controls weight is not yet part of mainstream medicine. But the dozens of scientists behind the review argue that the evidence is now so strong that […]
An ocean of noise: how sonic pollution is hurting marine life | Whales | The Guardian
We were whaling with cameras, joining a flotilla of a dozen other tourist boats from harbours all around the Salish Sea. It was one of my first trips to the area, in August 2001. The fuzz and beep of ship radios stitched a net over the water, a blurry facsimile of the sonic connections of […]
Plastic pollution: Ambitious global treaty agreed in Nairobi | New Scientist
Plastic garbage collected on Eastern Island in Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge All Canada Photos / Alamy One hundred and seventy-five countries have agreed to a legally binding global treaty to end the plastic pollution crisis by tackling the material’s entire supply chain. Inger Anderson, executive director of the UN Environment Programme, says it is […]
Plastic pollution: Global treaty drafted to end plastic pollution | New Scientist
Plastic garbage collected on Eastern Island in Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge All Canada Photos / Alamy Nearly 200 governments have provisionally agreed to a legally binding global treaty to end the plastic pollution crisis by tackling the material’s entire supply chain, in what Inger Anderson, executive director of the UN Environment Programme, says will […]
U.N. adopts historic resolution aimed at ending plastic pollution - The Washington Post
“This is just an amazing show of what the world can do when we work together,” said U.S. delegate Monica Medina, the assistant secretary of state for oceans and international environmental and scientific affairs. Choking back tears, she added, “It is the beginning of the end of the scourge of plastic on this planet. … […]
MPs call for bathing rivers across England as part of anti-pollution drive | Rivers | The Guardian
Water companies in England should each designate a stretch of river as bathing water by 2025 to drive the cleanup of a chemical cocktail of sewage, agricultural waste and plastic pollution that is suffocating biodiversity and risking public health, MPs have said. In a report published on Thursday, MPs on the environmental audit committee said […]
Microbes Are Evolving to Eat Plastic Pollution, Scientists Say
Plastic Planet In a study that truly underscores the profound and devastating impact humans have on the environment, researchers have found that microscopic bugs are evolving to eat plastic.  The study, , found a growing number of microbesthat have evolved to carry a plastic-degrading enzyme. These bugs could hold the key to creating enzymes that […]