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Tim Radford: Waste plastic can find a useful new life

Swedish scientists say they have found a way to recycle plastic perfectly: their new process can turn any waste plastic back into new plastic of identical quality – and recover all of it.

November 4, 2019 · 1 Comment

Dr. Michael Greger: How Plastics Can Affect Your Love Life

Most of the attention on phthalates, a group of hormone-disrupting chemicals found in PVC plastics, has been focused on fetal and child health, particularly regarding genital and behavioral development. Recent data have shown, … Continue reading

February 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

OCEARCH: Track whales and sharks here

Here is a link to the coolest website ever! Track whales, seals, alligators, turtles, and sharks at OCEARCH — an open source project that helps scientists collect previously unattainable data on … Continue reading

January 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Subhankar Banerjee: Biological Annihilation

A Planet in Loss Mode: If you’ve been paying attention to what’s happening to the nonhuman life forms with which we share this planet, you’ve likely heard the term “the … Continue reading

December 21, 2018 · 2 Comments

George Monbiot: Plastic Soup

The problem is not plastic. It is consumerism. Do you believe in miracles? If so, please form an orderly queue. Plenty of people imagine we can carry on as we … Continue reading

September 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Filtering a Plastic Ocean

. Filtering A Plastic Ocean profiles ocean activist Marc Ward and his simple invention that removes toxic microplastics from the beach, and therefore the ocean. The film explores the impact … Continue reading

September 6, 2018 · 2 Comments

Tim Radford: Plastic particles now infest the Arctic

 The research vessel Polastern in the central Arctic Ocean. Image: © Alfred-Wegener-Institut/Ruediger Stein . Tiny plastic particles have been found in every sample collected of Arctic sea ice. But the … Continue reading

May 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Deirdre Fulton: The Anthropocene Is Here

Humanity has pushed Earth Into a new epoch which began in the 1950s when human activity set global systems on a different trajectory. The Anthropocene Epoch has begun, according to a … Continue reading

August 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

Video: How Plastic Microbeads Are Causing Big Problems

. Have you noticed that your facial scrub, toothpaste, or body wash has tiny colored beads in it? Those are microbeads, and they are made from polyethylene and polypropylene. A … Continue reading

May 12, 2016 · 1 Comment

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