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India to outlaw six categories of single-use plastic products on 2 October
India

India to outlaw six categories of single-use plastic products on 2 October

Penalties for violations will likely take effect after an initial 6-month period for people to adopt alternatives.

PepsiCo to start distribution of Aquafina water in aluminum cans from 2020
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PepsiCo to start distribution of Aquafina water in aluminum cans from 2020

PepsiCo aims to make aims packaging either 100% recyclable, compostable or biodegradable by 2025.

India has long way to go on meeting climate goals, Narendra Modi's target 'unrealistic', say environmental experts
India

India has long way to go on meeting climate goals, Narendra Modi's target 'unrealistic', say environmental experts

It will take a long time before India achieves its Paris climate conference goals, environment experts said on Monday, terming as 'unrealistic' Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statement on reaching the target set for 2030 in the next year and a half

Plastic 'floating island' resort provides greener solution to ocean pollution
science

Plastic 'floating island' resort provides greener solution to ocean pollution

The island charges 15,000 CFA francs per person per day, includes a meal, the ferry, and 60,000 CFA francs for a night.

Mann ki Baat: PM pitches for launch of 'new mass movement' against single-use plastic from 2 October
Politics

Mann ki Baat: PM pitches for launch of 'new mass movement' against single-use plastic from 2 October

His push against single-use plastic is being seen as an effort to prevent environmental degradation

Microplastics in drinking water is not yet dangerous for human beings says WHO
science

Microplastics in drinking water is not yet dangerous for human beings says WHO

However, it has called for more research into the potential future risk of bottled and tap water.

British supermarkets are going nude by striping plastic off the food in their shelves
science

British supermarkets are going nude by striping plastic off the food in their shelves

The 10 largest grocery chains produce 810,000 tonnes of single-use plastic every year, excluding bags.

Barbecued plastic forms pebbles and is taking over the beaches in the UK
science

Barbecued plastic forms pebbles and is taking over the beaches in the UK

Chemical additives that are used in the plastic that forms the rocks are leaking lead into the ocean.

Researchers find microplastic in ice block taken from deep in the Arctic Ocean
science

Researchers find microplastic in ice block taken from deep in the Arctic Ocean

Several million tonnes of plastics reach the ocean, waves and Sun break them down into microscopic over time.

Pakistan's love affair with plastic is chocking the country and its environment
science

Pakistan's love affair with plastic is chocking the country and its environment

From 14 August, plastic bags will be banned in Islamabad and violators will be subjected to heavy fines.

Southeast Asian countries refuse to be garbage dumps, sending world's trash back
science

Southeast Asian countries refuse to be garbage dumps, sending world's trash back

On 1 January 2018, China closed its doors to almost all foreign plastic waste, as well as other recyclables.

Micro-plastics are entering the human body and are dangerous to human health
science

Micro-plastics are entering the human body and are dangerous to human health

An average Indian consumes approximately 11 kg of plastic products in various forms every year.

A year after plastic ban, BMC collects Rs 3.47 crore as fine, lodges 489 FIRs; activists term move a farce
India

A year after plastic ban, BMC collects Rs 3.47 crore as fine, lodges 489 FIRs; activists term move a farce

A year after the Maharashtra government enforced a state-wide plastic ban, civic officials in Mumbai have collected Rs 3.47 crore as fine from offenders besides lodging 489 FIRs against them in the metropolis

‘Biodegradable’ balloons may be posing serious threats to marine wildlife, time to let air out of the industry
India

‘Biodegradable’ balloons may be posing serious threats to marine wildlife, time to let air out of the industry

The deadliest ocean garbage for seabirds is balloons. In a small survey done on one coast, 1,700 dead seabirds were picked up. Over 500 of these birds had swallowed plastic, with 40 percent of those deaths caused by balloons

G20 nations agree on deal to reduce marine plastic pollution, but details of implementation unclear for now
World

G20 nations agree on deal to reduce marine plastic pollution, but details of implementation unclear for now

The deal would be 'the first step' to tackling plastic waste, Hiroaki Odachi of Greenpeace Japan said in a statement.

Human beings are consuming a credit card worth of plastic in a week: new study
science

Human beings are consuming a credit card worth of plastic in a week: new study

The average person could be consuming 1,769 particles of plastic every week from water alone.

Jet fuel and diesel can now be made from plastic bags, water bottles & daily waste
science

Jet fuel and diesel can now be made from plastic bags, water bottles & daily waste

Scientists believe that farmers can use this technique to make diesel, to fuel their tractors, on their farms.

People eat and breath roughly 320 particles of microplastic a day: New analysis
science

People eat and breath roughly 320 particles of microplastic a day: New analysis

An additional 90,000 particles could be ingested each year if an individual only drank bottled water.

Assam school provides free education for 110 children in exchange for plastic waste
science

Assam school provides free education for 110 children in exchange for plastic waste

They use the plastic to make eco-bricks that are used for the construction of new school building, toilets, etc.

World Environment Day: This year's Mask Challenge is aimed at creating air pollution awareness; know about annual event's history
World

World Environment Day: This year's Mask Challenge is aimed at creating air pollution awareness; know about annual event's history

World Environment Day is observed on June 5 every year, in order to raise awareness about environmental issues plaguing our planet and the action to be taken to tackle them