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
Plastic rice in Indian markets? Here's how to identify fake rice

Plastic rice in Indian markets? Here's how to identify fake rice

But, the good news is that you can easily find out whether the rice you bought from the grocery store is real or fake, using some tricks – in fact, you can try it at home.

Jun 07, 2017, 13:36 PM IST

Common chemicals may reduce vitamin D levels

Exposure to certain common chemicals called endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in several consumer products, including plastic bottles, may reduce levels of vitamin D in the bloodstream, says a study.

Sep 22, 2016, 00:20 AM IST

Earth has entered into an 'age of plastic': Scientists

The research suggests that plastics have such a long-lasting impact on the planet's geology because they are inert and hard to degrade. 

Jan 28, 2016, 20:38 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

Egg white can help make anti-bacterial bioplastic

Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin or egg white and whey show significant anti-bacterial properties, says a new study.

Mar 29, 2015, 15:58 PM IST
About 8.8 million tons of plastics dumped into world's oceans: Study

About 8.8 million tons of plastics dumped into world's oceans: Study

Each year about 8.8 million tons of plastic ends up in the world oceans, a quantity much higher than previous estimates, according to a new study that tracked marine debris from its source.

Feb 13, 2015, 08:53 AM IST

Govt to launch campaign against plastic waste soon

Describing the increasing amount of plastic waste in the country as a 'serious issue', Union minister for environment and forests Prakash Javadekar Saturday said the government would soon start a special campaign to make people aware about its hazards.

Jan 17, 2015, 18:53 PM IST

Lower IQ seen after exposure to plastic chemicals

Pregnant women who were exposed to high levels of common household chemicals found in plastics, cosmetics and air fresheners had children whose intelligence suffered years later, a US study said Wednesday.

Dec 11, 2014, 01:40 AM IST

Super-repellent substance without plastic coatings created

 Scientists have created the most non-stick surfaces yet, using microscopic liquid-repellent structures instead of plastic coatings like Teflon.

Nov 28, 2014, 16:26 PM IST
New plastic to conduct electricity in batteries, solar cells

New plastic to conduct electricity in batteries, solar cells

A new class of electrically conductive plastics may lead to low-cost, transparent solar cells, flexible and lightweight batteries and ultra-thin anti-static coatings for consumer electronics and aircraft, scientists say.

Oct 13, 2014, 13:31 PM IST

Prenatal exposure to BPA linked to diminished lung function in kids

 A new study has revealed that prenatal exposure to bisphenol A (BPA, a common chemical used in some plastics) appears to be inconsistently associated with diminished lung function and the development of persistent wheeze in children.

Oct 07, 2014, 11:30 AM IST

Kerala to ban flex and plastic material for publicity

Kerala will soon enact a new law to ban the use of flex and plastics for making publicity material, said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy here Wednesday.

Oct 01, 2014, 18:22 PM IST
California bans use of plastic bags

California bans use of plastic bags

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a legislation banning grocery stores from using plastic bags.

Oct 01, 2014, 10:41 AM IST

Nature inspires greener way to make colourful plastics

Scientists have developed a new kind of coating that gives plastic its colour without the use of dyes.

Aug 18, 2014, 14:54 PM IST

4D printing to allow for shape-changing materials

Imagine buying a dress online that takes shape in front of your eyes in your living room.

May 26, 2014, 12:35 PM IST

Chemical in plastics can adversely affect developing organs in primates

Researchers have found that exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) - a chemical used in a wide variety of consumer products, such as resins used to line metal food and beverage containers, thermal paper store receipts, and dental composites - can cause fetal abnormalities in primates.

Feb 28, 2014, 10:26 AM IST

Exposure to chemical in plastics may up prostate cancer risk

Researchers have suggested that fetal exposure to a commonly used plasticizer Bisphenol A, or BPA, found in water bottles, soup can liners, could increase the risk for prostate cancer later in life.

Jan 08, 2014, 12:35 PM IST

Plastics dangerously harming marine ecosystems

Up till now it was unknown to researchers whether ingested plastic transfers chemical additives or pollutants to wildlife, but a new study has shown that toxic concentrations of pollutants and additives enter the tissue of animals that have eaten microplastic.

Dec 03, 2013, 15:57 PM IST

3-D printers raise concerns over potential misuse for developing plastic firearms

As the three-dimensional (3D) printers make artists` and hobbyists` dream a reality by allowing them to produce virtually anything from garden gnome figures to nuts and screws, analysts believe that the devices raise serious concerns about their potential misuse.

Oct 03, 2013, 15:33 PM IST