• U.N. begins work on treaty to fight global plastic pollution

    U.N. begins work on treaty to fight global plastic pollution

    Mar 02, 2022 09:25 PM EDT

    ... oceans, rivers and landscape. The U.N. Environment Assembly voted unanimously Wednesday at its meeting in Kenya's capital Nairobi for a resolution "to end plastic pollution." It sets the stage for international negotiations designed to produce a treaty by 2024. "Today we wrote history. Plastic pollution has grown into ...

  • United Nations considering global treaty to fight plastic pollution

    United Nations considering global treaty to fight plastic pollution

    Feb 25, 2022 04:55 PM EDT

    ... ways to reduce single use plastic. The first, by Peru and Rwanda, calls for a full spectrum approach to plastic pollution, covering raw materials extraction, plastic production, as well as plastic use and disposal. It urges creation of "an international legally binding agreement ... to prevent and reduce plastic pollution in ...

  • How can individuals combat plastic pollution?

    How can individuals combat plastic pollution?

    Apr 22, 2018 08:50 PM EDT

    The equivalent of one dump truck of plastic enters the ocean every minute, according to a study published by the World Economic Forum in 2016. On Earth Day, the Earth Day Network is asking people to reduce their consumption of plastic in order to stop plastic pollution. Jenna Jambeck, associate ...

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    World's Oceans Face Problem of Plastic Pollution

    Nov 13, 2008 11:45 PM EDT

    ... This day, they easily found several handfuls of plastic garbage, including round plastic pellets, or nurdles, used in fabrication of plastic objects. They use the plastic they find to create art and jewelry. And despite their free art supplies, they are disturbed by how much plastic comes from the sea ...

  • Canada to ban sale of single use plastics by end of 2023

    Canada to ban sale of single use plastics by end of 2023

    Jun 20, 2022 02:02 PM EDT

    ... 3 million tons of plastic was thrown out, almost half of it plastic packaging. Less than one-tenth of that was recycled. Most of the plastic ended up in landfills, where it will take hundreds of years to decompose.An estimated 29,000 tons ended up as plastic pollution, littering ...

  • Interior Department to phase out single-use plastics at national parks

    Interior Department to phase out single-use plastics at national parks

    Jun 08, 2022 07:57 PM EDT

    ... 80 percent of all marine debris found from surface waters to deep-sea sediments, the department said. Many marine species ingest or are entangled by plastic debris, causing severe injuries or death, and plastic pollution threatens food safety and quality, human health, coastal tourism and contributes to climate change, the ...

  • News Wrap: Federal Reserve chair expects interest rates to rise this month

    News Wrap: Federal Reserve chair expects interest rates to rise this month

    Mar 02, 2022 11:40 PM EDT

    ... levels, and officials warned the flooding could be the worst in more than 60 years. The United Nations will begin drafting a global treaty on plastic pollution. A total of 175 nations agreed unanimously today to come up with a proposed document by 2024. It is meant to be legally ...

  • Countries take steps toward curbing plastic waste in oceans

    Countries take steps toward curbing plastic waste in oceans

    Sep 02, 2021 06:21 PM EDT

    GENEVA (AP) — An intergovernmental conference has taken early steps toward drawing up an agreement to curb plastic pollution and marine litter around the world, which can choke off sea life, harm food safety and coastal tourism, and contribute to climate change. A draft resolution presented by Peru and Rwanda, and ...

  • Jackson Browne: ‘We could have a society in which justice is real’

    Jackson Browne: ‘We could have a society in which justice is real’

    Jul 25, 2021 06:46 PM EDT

    ... example he notably opposed US intervention in Central America. Jackson Browne (singing): There are lives in the balance There are people under fire Tom Casciato: He’s also a longtime advocate for clean oceans and against plastic pollution. The new album’s title song asks that we consider our seas.

  • Recycling plastic has been an uphill challenge. Could chemical recycling change that?

    Recycling plastic has been an uphill challenge. Could chemical recycling change that?

    Jun 23, 2021 10:25 PM EDT

    Plastic pollution is a global threat on our lands and seas. Since World War II, we have created over 9 billion cubic tons of it, yet its recycling remains extremely limited. As part of our "Breakthroughs" series, Miles O'Brien looks at new ideas and innovations, such as chemical recycling ...