Fixing planet plastic: How we’ll really solve our waste problem

Fixing planet plastic: How we’ll really solve our waste problem

Stephen Wilkes/Gallery Stock By Aisling Irwin BY NOW, it is just a question of which heart-rending image you choose. There is the hawksbill turtle struggling to free itself from a plastic bag. The sea of polystyrene trash floating over a Caribbean nature reserve. Or the sperm whale washed ashore in Spain, its stomach filled with […]

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is gobbling up ever more plastic

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is gobbling up ever more plastic

Plastic, plastic everywherePaulo Oliveira / Alamy Stock Photo By Michael Le Page There’s even more plastic in the Pacific than we thought. At least 79,000 tonnes of plastic are floating in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. That’s four to sixteen times as much as was estimated by two studies in 2014. The Garbage Patch is […]

UK’s plastic bag ban is a pitiful attempt at a greener future

UK’s plastic bag ban is a pitiful attempt at a greener future

Tough on plastic bags, but it’s not enoughDaniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty By Michael Le Page Prime Minister Theresa May today unveiled the UK government’s long-awaited 25-year plan for improving the environment. It contains much talk about protecting wildlife, making the country cleaner and greener, and so on. It all sounds wonderful, but it is mostly waffle. “The […]

Ban on plastic microbeads comes into force in the UK

Ban on plastic microbeads comes into force in the UK

Tiny microbeads are too tiny to be filtered out using waste-water treatment processesScience History Images / Alamy Stock Photo By New Scientist Staff and Press Association A UK-wide ban on the manufacture of cosmetics and care products containing tiny pieces of plastic known as “microbeads” has come into force. The move is aimed at protecting […]

Tackle UK’s killer toxic air before waging war on ocean plastic

Tackle UK’s killer toxic air before waging war on ocean plastic

Levels of air pollution are dangerously high in many UK citiesGuy Bell/Alamy Stock Photo Two things are almost certain to happen soon. UK environment secretary Michael Gove, moved to urgent action, will publish a plan to tackle plastic pollution. At about the same time, the annual limits on toxic air will be passed in at […]