Science Says: Amount of straws, plastic pollution is huge

Cities and nations are looking at banning plastic straws and stirrers in hopes of addressing the world's plastic pollution problem. The problem is so large, though, that scientists say that's not nearly enough.

Recycling in the US is broken. How do we fix it?

Recycling in the U.S. is broken. In 1960, Americans generated 2.68 pounds of garbage per day; by 2017, it had grown to an average of 4.51 pounds. And while many Americans dutifully put items into their recycling bins, much ...

Proposed bans on plastic straws run into resistance

Hard on the heels of banning plastic bags, states and cities are being pressed by environmentalists to eliminate another consumer convenience—plastic straws. But objections from the plastics industry, restaurants and disability ...

The path to reducing plastic pollution

Shuddering and unable to breathe, he vomited up five plastic bags. The small pilot whale, found in a Thai canal this past June, is another symptom of a crisis in the world's oceans. Plastic waste, mostly broken down into ...

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