Plastic waste

These 10 rivers are responsible for feeding the seas with 95% of plastic waste

These 10 rivers are responsible for feeding the seas with 95% of plastic waste

While eight of these 10 river systems are in Asia, two are in Africa.

Oct 18, 2017, 18:31 PM IST
Humans turning Earth into 'plastic planet', says study

Humans turning Earth into 'plastic planet', says study

Researchers, including those from the University of Georgia (UGA) in the US, found that by 2015, humans had generated 8.3 billion metric tonnes of plastics, 6.3 billion tonnes of which had already become waste.

Jul 21, 2017, 13:59 PM IST
Ganga second-most polluting river in world; China's Yangtze tops the list

Ganga second-most polluting river in world; China's Yangtze tops the list

The study added that two-thirds of the pollution comes from the 20 most polluting rivers, with majority of them in Asia.

Jun 09, 2017, 16:10 PM IST
Do you know how much trash is floating around in our oceans?

Do you know how much trash is floating around in our oceans?

In 2015, some 322 million metric tons of waste was found in the oceans.

Jun 05, 2017, 21:28 PM IST
Newly-developed compound will be able to break down plastic waste!

Newly-developed compound will be able to break down plastic waste!

Although amide bonds can give great strength to plastics, when it comes to their recycling at a later point, the difficultly of breaking these bonds usually prevents recovery of useful products.

May 29, 2017, 20:12 PM IST
This woman sent a gift made out of garbage to PM Narendra Modi — Here's his reply

This woman sent a gift made out of garbage to PM Narendra Modi — Here's his reply

The woman little knew that she would receive a response from PM Narendra Modi himself, who must be receiving hundreds of gifts daily. 

May 24, 2017, 16:08 PM IST
Solution to curb plastic pollution? A caterpillar that feeds on polythene!

Solution to curb plastic pollution? A caterpillar that feeds on polythene!

They conducted spectroscopic analysis to show the chemical bonds in the plastic were breaking.

Apr 25, 2017, 23:21 PM IST
Malnourished whale found beached in Norway had consumed 30 plastic bags; euthanized

Malnourished whale found beached in Norway had consumed 30 plastic bags; euthanized

 The whale was found with 30 plastic bags inside its stomach.

Feb 05, 2017, 17:02 PM IST
Ever wondered why seabirds consume plastic? Here's a clue

Ever wondered why seabirds consume plastic? Here's a clue

Scientists have found that plastic pollution which exists in the sea throws off a peculiar smell that attracts seabirds and therefore they consume it.

Nov 10, 2016, 11:18 AM IST