Plastic pollution

New sustainable 'plastics' in the offing

Plastics take hundreds of years to decay, So bottles and bags create plastic 'continents' in the oceans, endanger animals and pollute the environment.

Dec 26, 2018, 10:19 AM IST

President Kovind, VP Naidu, PM Modi urge people to beat plastic pollution

World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5. Plastic pollution is becoming an increasing menace around the world and there is an increasing call for shunning its use.

Jun 05, 2018, 12:11 PM IST

World Environment Day 2018: 10 ways to avoid plastic in our day-to-day life

On World Environment Day today, let's take a pledge to save this environment from the harmful effects of plastic.

 

Jun 05, 2018, 11:21 AM IST

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

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

Kenyan sea turtle manages lucky escape from humanity's plastic binge

Dozens of the endangered creatures need rescuing every year around Watamu, where plastic litter accumulates in Indian Ocean.

Dec 04, 2017, 20:40 PM IST

Scientists find plastic in creatures living at the bottom of deepest ocean on Earth

An analysis showed that each creature was found to have consumed some form of manmade material, including the plastics Nylon, PVC, and PVA. 

Nov 17, 2017, 10:07 AM IST

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

Scientists express concern after discovery of plastic chunks in Arctic ice

The finding has prompted fears that as the ice melts, because of climate change, plastic that has long been trapped in it is flowing into the Arctic.

Sep 25, 2017, 18:28 PM IST

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

Arctic waters littered by trillions of plastic debris swept in by currents

Every year, about eight million tonnes of plastic gets into the ocean, and scientists estimate that there may be as much as 110 million tonnes of plastic trash in the ocean.

May 02, 2017, 23:23 PM IST

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

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

Sea turtles face deadly risk from plastic pollution

With plastic pollution increasing, both on land and at sea, all species of marine turtles face the grave risk of losing their population, researchers have warned.

Oct 10, 2015, 12:48 PM IST

Oceans laden with 269,000 tonnes of plastic: Study

The world`s oceans are laden with nearly 269,000 tonnes of plastic pollution, international researchers said on Wednesday after a six-year study of conditions across the globe.

Dec 11, 2014, 01:34 AM IST

Plastic pollution in sea reaches alarming levels

Plastic pollution is reaching alarming levels off the coast of Pacific Northwest, which is just as bad as the notoriously polluted North Sea.

Jul 05, 2012, 17:45 PM IST