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Turning the tide: Vietnam’s war against plastic waste

Vietnam has ambitious targets to tackle the challenge posed by plastic waste. Effective enforcement and implementation are key for success.

More than 1 million gallons of oil leaks into Gulf of Mexico, potentially putting endangered species at risk

The U.S. Coast Guard said Monday that an estimated 1.1 million gallons of crude oil has leaked into the Gulf of Mexico near a pipeline off the coast of Louisiana.

143 Fossil Fuel and Chemical Lobbyists Target Plastics Treaty Talks

“The fossil fuel and petrochemical industries are heavily resisting people- and planet-saving measures in the global plastics treaty. Their growing presence in the negotiations is very telling,” said a Greenpeace campaigner.

Delhi’s Anand Vihar sees 999 AQI: How much should it be?

The Air Quality Index in Delhi’s Anand Vihar touched a massive 999 on 2 November.

Air pollution raises risk of type 2 diabetes, says landmark Indian study

Inhaling polluted air increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, the first study of its kind in India has found.

Viral ‘plastic-eating’ boat removes 3 tons of garbage per hour: ‘This is actually so cool’

An ingenious solution to rid our oceans of plastic waste has been going viral after climate-positive content creator Sam Bentley explained the terrific technology.

Scientists close the cycle on recycling mixed plastics

Little of the mixed consumer plastics thrown away or placed in recycle bins actually ends up being recycled.

Toxic Flame Retardants Contaminating Wildlife on Every Continent: Analysis

“Killer whales shouldn’t have to swim in a sea of flame retardants. The science is clear that these chemicals harm their development—as well as that of our children.”

Paper Straws are Actually Worse than Plastic Ones, Scientists Say

Paper straws were most likely to test positive for PFAS with 90 percent of the paper straws having the forever chemicals.

In a first, researchers have engineered marine bacteria to destroy plastics in seawater

By combining key traits of two bacterial species, the team created a novel bug that can break down plastics in salty conditions—at room temperature.

Cleaning Europe’s rivers: Meet the teams trying to turn the plastic tide

80% of ocean plastic pollution comes from rivers and canals carrying urban litter into the seas. We speak to the teams and volunteers leading the fight against Europe’s plastic problem.