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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.

Plastic in rivers major source of ocean pollution: Study

Plastic in rivers major source of ocean pollution: Study

Researchers at The Ocean Cleanup - a Dutch foundation developing new technologies for ridding the oceans of plastic - say rivers carry an estimated 1.15-2.41 million tonnes of plastic into the sea every year, an amount that need between 48,000 to over 100,000 dump trucks to carry it away.

Breathtaking sand art by Sudarsan Pattnaik on World Environment Day

Breathtaking sand art by Sudarsan Pattnaik on World Environment Day

Pattnaik's sand art at Versova beach in Mumbai, dedicated to our oceans, also reads “Say No To Plastic”, though which he appealed to all to keep the environment clean plastic free.

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.

DNA: Analysing the harmful effects of plastic toys

Analysing how plastics used in toys can lend children into dreadful diseases. Watch complete news story for getting the detailed news updates!

Fungus that devours plastic may help clean environment

 Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences have found an unexpected solution to the growing plastic problem in the form of a soil fungus.

Bizarre! Kolkata man held for selling 'fake' eggs made out of plastic

Bizarre! Kolkata man held for selling 'fake' eggs made out of plastic

The Kolkata police arrested a man in city's Tiljala area in West Bengal on charges of selling fake eggs on Friday

Plant cellulose may replace plastic in 3D printing

Plant cellulose may replace plastic in 3D printing

Using cellulose acetate the number of hydrogen bonds in this material was reduced by the acetate groups.

Juhi Chawla wants to raise awareness about plastic's harmful effects

Juhi Chawla wants to raise awareness about plastic's harmful effects

The Supreme Court says unless we examine a ban on plastic, the next generation will be threatened with more serious threats than the atom bomb. Plastic can't decompose.

DNA: Analysing how plastics are devastating our health silently

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Centre asks states, Union Territories to avoid use of National Flag made of plastic

Centre asks states, Union Territories to avoid use of National Flag made of plastic

The Centre has asked states and Union Territories to avoid use of the National Flag made of plastic.

Wow! KFC India to replace plastic packaging with edible bowls!

Wow! KFC India to replace plastic packaging with edible bowls!

KFC is introducing edible serving bowls in India by this week in a bid to make its products more eco-friendly.  

Scientists discover bacteria that eats plastic

Scientists discover bacteria that eats plastic

 Researchers at Japan's Kyoto University have discovered a type of bacteria that uses only two enzymes to break down plastic, according to a study published in the journal Science.

Scientists use micro-organisms to produce 'green' plastic

Scientists use micro-organisms to produce 'green' plastic

In recent years, biorefineries which transform non-edible biomass into fuel, heat, power, chemicals and materials have received a great deal of attention as a sustainable alternative to decreasing the reliance on fossil fuels.

Human activity driving Earth into new geological era

Human activity driving Earth into new geological era

London: The impact of human activities on the Earth has triggered a new geological era, the Anthropocene, which is marked by the spread of man-made materials such as aluminium, concrete, plastic, and fallout from nuclear testing across the planet, says a study.

"Humans have long affected the environment, but recently, there has been a rapid global spread of novel materials including aluminium, concrete and plastics, which are leaving their mark in sediments,” said Dr Colin Waters of the British Geological Survey. 

Waters is part of an international team of researchers who are trying to find out to what extent are human actions recorded as measurable signals in geological strata, and whether the Anthropocene world is markedly different from the stable Holocene Epoch of the last 11,700 years that allowed human civilisation to develop, according to the University of Leicester.

The Holocene Epoch was a time in which human societies advanced by gradually domesticating the land to increase food production, built urban settlements and became proficient at developing the water, mineral and energy resources of the planet. 

The proposed Anthropocene Epoch, however, is marked as a time of rapid environmental change brought by the impact of a surge in human population and increased consumption during the 'great acceleration' of the mid 20th century.

“Fossil fuel combustion has dispersed fly ash particles worldwide, pretty well coincident with the peak distribution of the 'bomb spike' of radionuclides generated by atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons," Dr. Waters noted. 

"All of this shows that there is an underlying reality to the Anthropocene concept", said Jan Zalasiewicz of the University of Leicester, a co-author of the study.

The researchers found that humans have changed the Earth sufficiently to produce a range of signals in sediments and ice, and these are sufficiently distinctive to justify recognition of an Anthropocene Epoch in the geological time scale.

Akhara Council decides to ban use of plastic in Kumbh Mela

To conserve the environment, the Akhara Council has decided to put a ban on the use of plastic items and loudspeakers at the venue of the ongoing Kumbh Mela here.

Israeli scientists develop strong plastic to replace steel

Israeli scientists are developing a super strength polypropylene to replace steel and other materials used in pipelines and machinery.

World`s most efficient plastic OLEDs developed

Plastic use can substantially reduce the cost of production, while providing designers with a more durable and flexible material to use in their products.

Plastic `that conducts electricity`

Scientists claim to have created a new array of plastics that can conduct electricity just like metal.

Bacteria that converts bio-wastes into plastic

A scientist has `trained` bacteria to convert sugar in vegetables into high-quality bio-plastics.