We use them once, dispose of and forget about them. But they’ll be causing damage long after we’ve gone, One million every minute, of every hour, of every day, of every year: right now that’s how many single-use plastic bottles are sold around the world, usually containing just water or soft drinks. Don’t
Exclusive: Annual consumption of plastic bottles is set to top half a trillion by 2021, far outstripping recycling efforts and jeopardising oceans, coastlines and other environments. A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and the number will jump another 20% by 2021, creating an environmental crisis some campaigners predict will be
Plastic waste on beaches is becoming a common sight in many of East Asia's coastal areas. East Asia is producing waste faster than any other region in the world. Plastic trash stemming from this waste pollutes rivers, coasts, and oceans. Countries in the region are taking action to tackle this growing problem. Singapore, June 8,
A plastic bottle wedged in coral on the Great Barrier Reef. A new study estimates that 11.1 billion plastic items are lodged in coral reefs in the Pacific Ocean, increasing the risk of coral disease. Credit Dr. Kathryn Berry Joleah Lamb began her career as a coral biologist on the Great Barrier Reef.
Our plastic lifestyle is killing coral reefs. A first-of-its-kind study published recently found that an estimated 11.1 billion pieces of ocean plastic trash are lodged in coral reefs across the Asia-Pacific region, increasing corals' susceptibility to potentially deadly diseases by as much as 89 percent. Scientists examined 124,884 corals at 159 reefs from Thailand to Australia, finding
Plastic pollution is one of the greatest threats to ocean health worldwide. In spite of society’s many efforts to properly dispose of plastic waste, between 4 and 12 million metric tons of plastic waste enter the ocean each year—enough to cover every foot of coastline on the planet. And that amount is expected to more than
Bundanoon ban deals blow to beverage industry as New South Wales government bans bottled water in state departments Residents of a rural Australian town have voted to ban the sale of bottled water. They are possibly the first community in the world to take such a step. Residents of Bundanoon cheered after their near-unanimous
A major issue to our oceans are water bottles and their caps. One clean up in the Whitsundays in 2010 pulled 1,564 water bottle caps off one beach near Hamilton Island. For some reason we are all willing to buy water bottled from Italy or Fiji. For starters this is crazy as it is more