Hidden Beneath the Ocean’s Surface, Nearly 16 Million Tons of Microplastic

New research shows that the quantity of fragments embedded in the sea floor far exceeds the plastic floating on the ocean’s surface.

#australia, #great-australian-bight, #oceans-and-seas, #plastics, #research, #waste-materials-and-disposal

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‘Super-Enzyme’ Speeds Up Breakdown of Plastic, Researchers Say

A new cocktail of enzymes that degrades plastic faster is a step to fully recycling soda bottles and other waste, British and American researchers said this week.

#plastic-bottles, #proceedings-of-the-national-academy-of-sciences, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #research, #waste-materials-and-disposal

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Left Litter in the Park? Thailand Officials Will Mail It to Your Home

After campers left trash in a national park, park employees tracked them down, mailed the garbage back and reported them to the authorities.

#khao-yai-national-park-thailand, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #thailand, #waste-materials-and-disposal

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Big Oil Is in Trouble. Its Plan: Flood Africa With Plastic.

Faced with plunging profits and a climate crisis that threatens fossil fuels, the industry is demanding a trade deal that weakens Kenya’s rules on plastics and on imports of American trash.

#american-chemistry-council, #basel-action-network, #center-for-international-environmental-law, #chemicals, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #international-trade-and-world-market, #kenya, #plastic-bags, #plastics, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #united-states, #waste-materials-and-disposal

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How the World’s Largest Garbage Dump in Staten Island Became a Green Oasis

The radical fix for a noxious landfill in Staten Island: Bury the trash, plant some grass and do nothing for 20 years.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #fresh-kills-landfill-staten-island-ny, #freshkills-park-staten-island-ny, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #staten-island-nyc, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #wetlands

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Pollution Is Killing Black Americans. This Community Fought Back.

African-Americans are 75 percent more likely than others to live near facilities that produce hazardous waste. Can a grass-roots environmental-justice movement make a difference?

#air-pollution, #black-people, #discrimination, #factories-and-manufacturing, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #philadelphia-pa, #waste-materials-and-disposal

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Your Used Mask Needs to Make It to the Trash Can

They’re on beaches, in parking lots and on sidewalks. You probably won’t catch the coronavirus from a discarded mask, but the litter poses a risk to the environment.

#citizens-campaign-for-the-environment, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #masks, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #plastic-bags, #plastics, #pollution, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

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New Orleans’s Striking Sanitation Workers Still Fight for Dignity

A determined handful of men in New Orleans carry on the cause Dr. King died defending in Memphis.

#black-people, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #labor-and-jobs, #organized-labor, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #strikes, #wages-and-salaries, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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After Fighting Plastic in ‘Paradise Lost,’ Sisters Take On Climate Change

Melati and Isabel Wijsen began campaigning to reduce plastic waste in Bali seven years ago. Now 19 and 17, they say the pandemic shows that stark measures to protect the planet are possible.

#bali-indonesia, #global-warming, #plastic-bags, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #wijsen-isabel, #wijsen-melati

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You’re Probably Inhaling Microplastics Right Now

A new study found plentiful evidence of these tiny particles in dust in the nation’s most remote places.

#air-pollution, #grand-canyon-ariz, #joshua-tree-national-park-calif, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #plastics, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #western-states-us, #wyoming

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Toxic Ghosts

My father and I worked for years at a factory that became a Superfund hazardous-waste site. We’re still feeling the repercussions.

#air-pollution, #chemicals, #colitis, #digestive-tract, #factories-and-manufacturing, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #pcb-polychlorinated-biphenyls, #prostate-gland, #superfund, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

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What New York’s Trash Reveals About Life Under Lockdown

New Yorkers seem to be drinking more at home. But they’re also being productive, decluttering and gardening during the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #garcia-kathryn, #new-york-city, #quarantines, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #waste-materials-and-disposal

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‘Aggressive’ Rats May Increase During Pandemic, C.D.C. Says

“They’re simply turning on each other” after being deprived of food and waste generated by restaurants that have closed during the pandemic, an expert said.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #jim-fredericks, #michael-h-parsons, #rats, #restaurants, #robert-m-corrigan, #rodents, #shutdowns-institutional, #waste-materials-and-disposal

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How to Embrace Your Inner Trash Animal

There’s a lot you can do with the food scraps you usually throw away.

#cocktails-and-mixed-drinks, #coffee, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dyes-and-dyestuffs, #vegetables, #waste-materials-and-disposal

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Sewer Cleaners Wanted in Pakistan: Only Christians Need Apply.

In Pakistan, descendants of lower-caste Hindus who converted to Christianity centuries ago still find themselves marginalized, relegated to dirty jobs and grim fates.

#caste-systems, #christians-and-christianity, #deaths-fatalities, #discrimination, #karachi-pakistan, #labor-and-jobs, #minorities, #muslims-and-islam, #pakistan, #sewers-and-sewage, #waste-materials-and-disposal

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The Japanese Artist Turning Fruits and Vegetables Into Sculpture

Ikebana’s most irreverent practitioner, the 80-year-old Kosen Ohtsubo, finds beauty in the banal.

#art, #flowers-and-plants, #ohtsubo-kosen, #tokyo-japan, #trees-and-shrubs, #vegetables, #waste-materials-and-disposal

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Jakarta’s Trash Mountain: ‘When People Are Desperate for Jobs, They Come Here’

The scavengers who make a living picking plastic, metal and even bones from a huge landfill face additional misery as the global economic slowdown closes the recycling centers they count on.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #families-and-family-life, #indonesia, #jakarta-indonesia, #resa-boenard, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Why Aren’t We Excited About Earth Day Anymore?

Three organizers from the first event in 1970 remind us that we still have a lot of work to do.

#air-pollution, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #clean-air-act, #clean-water-act, #colleges-and-universities, #conservation-of-resources, #earth, #earth-day, #education-k-12, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hudson-river, #law-and-legislation, #united-automobile-workers, #united-nations, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

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11 Numbers That Show How the Coronavirus Has Changed N.Y.C.

Unemployment has skyrocketed, but so has the size of the city’s volunteer pool and the number of people fostering animals. One month into the shutdown, the city is as complex as it ever was.

#air-pollution, #bridges-and-tunnels, #city-harvest, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #crime-and-criminals, #dogs, #food-bank-for-new-york-city, #new-york-cares, #new-york-city, #noise, #police-department-nyc, #roads-and-traffic, #subways, #unemployment, #volunteers-and-community-service, #waste-materials-and-disposal

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The Worms Turn in My Composting Bin

My relationship with trash changed for the better from the first banana peel I kept out of it.

#compost, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #sustainable-living, #waste-materials-and-disposal

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Moored in a Fragile Paradise

Hundreds of boaters stuck in the Caribbean have converged on the U.S. Virgin Islands, but there are fears that their safe haven comes at a cost for residents.

#boats-and-boating, #bryan-albert-v, #caribbean-area, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #islands, #sailboats-and-sailing, #virgin-islands-us, #waste-materials-and-disposal

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