Plastic waste

Whales are at 'significant' risk from ocean microplastic, says study

Whales are at 'significant' risk from ocean microplastic, says study

The team's analysis also found that species tend to congregate in areas that overlap "microplastic pollution hotspots", which include the Gulf of Mexico, the Mediterranean Sea, the Bay of Bengal and the Coral Triangle in Southeast Asia.

Feb 05, 2018, 18:41 PM IST
Corals becoming diseased due to plastic waste: Study

Corals becoming diseased due to plastic waste: Study

The findings, published in the journal Science, add to the burden of climate-related disease outbreaks that have already had an impact on coral reefs globally.

Jan 27, 2018, 09:16 AM IST
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

Maharashtra govt decides to use plastic waste in building roads

Maharashtra government has decided to use plastic waste along with tar in a bid to improve the durability and longevity of asphalt roads and reduce soil pollution.

Jun 15, 2016, 16:38 PM IST

Focus on coasts to clean up plastics in ocean

The most efficient way to clean up plastics floating in the oceans is to place plastic collectors near coasts, suggests a new study.

Jan 19, 2016, 15:15 PM IST
Watch: Japanese man shows how to convert plastic waste to oil

Watch: Japanese man shows how to convert plastic waste to oil

A video which has re-surfaced on social media shows how a Japanese scientist invents a magic machine that produces oil from waste plastic!

Sep 22, 2015, 19:22 PM IST

Panchayat in Theni to impose fine on those selling plastic

With a view to curbing use of plastic bags, Panchayats of this district have decided to impose fine on those selling banned plastic cups and bags and using them in roadside eateries and hotels.

Aug 19, 2015, 13:43 PM IST

3,501 tonnes plastic waste generated daily in 60 major cities

Over 3,500 tonnes of plastic waste is generated every day in 60 major cities in the country, Lok Sabha was informed Tuesday.

Aug 04, 2015, 14:00 PM IST

Environment Ministry seek comments on draft waste management rules

The Environment Ministry has sought public comments on draft rules for waste management including bio-medical and e-waste.

Apr 09, 2015, 17:13 PM IST
Prince Charles sounds alarm about world's oceans

Prince Charles sounds alarm about world's oceans

Prince Charles made an impassioned speech Wednesday in Washington about the deteriorating state of the world`s oceans, striking a somber note on the first full day of his US tour with wife Camilla.

Mar 19, 2015, 05:29 AM IST

New device turns plastic into 3D-printing material

Researchers have developed a new desktop device that quickly turns plastic waste into raw material needed for 3D printing.

Mar 15, 2015, 18:56 PM IST
Plastic waste responsible for nearly 92% life-threatening cases in marine life

Plastic waste responsible for nearly 92% life-threatening cases in marine life

Debris in the ocean, such as plastic and glass, has been having a life-threatening global impact on marine life.

Feb 20, 2015, 11:19 AM IST