The World's deepest trench, 36.000 feet underwater, also known as the Mariana Trench, is now the house of a plastic bag that managed to make its way through. Scientists said this is the world's deepest known piece of trash that we know of.
Things are moving fast in the southwest Pacific Ocean. Starting July 1, Vanuatu will ban plastic bags, plastic straws and polystyrene foam containers in order to protect the environment, following an announcement made in January this year.
During the late 19th to the early 20th centuries, the whaling industry reduced the population of humpback whales across the globe to near extinction. But now, the large mammals known for their haunting songs may be bouncing back in some places. Recently, more female humpbacks in the Southern Ocean are giving birth to more calves, reports Karen Weintraub for The New York Times.
U.S Mc Donald’s shareholders will vote on May 24 on a proposal to launch a study aiming at analyzing the business risks of using plastic straws. But the chain’s board of directors are urging them to vote against. Read more.
Companies are taking a pledge to fight against plastic pollution by promising to eliminate single-use packaging through smarter design. The UK plastics pact, as it is called, sees 40 companies such as Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble or the supermarket chain Asda, join forces with the government and trade associations.
One of the promises made by the companies that joined the pact is to make 100% of plastic packaging ready for recycling or composting by 2025.
Oceans plastic pollution has just set a new record, three times higher than its previous level. 12,000 microparticles of plastics were found per litre. Read the story.
Marine heat waves have increased by 54% between 1925 and 2016, leading to an increase in coral reefs bleaching and marine animals dying. Read the full story.
It was the decision of Buckingham Palace to ban plastic straws in February that inspired campaigners in Malibu to push for action.
How can you make public water fountains better than what they already are? You add sparkling water, of course. Or at least, it’s what they are doing in Paris. Read the story.