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Mediterranean sharks risk 'disappearing': conservationists

Paris - Sharks -- the sea's top predators for millions of years -- are at risk of disappearing from the Mediterranean as overfishing and plastic pollution choke populations of the endangered hunters, conservationists warned Friday.

Japan faces critics, conflict on environment issues at G20

Apo - G20 host Japan hopes world leaders will endorse a deal on marine plastic waste and find common ground on climate change, but its own environmental record is under increasing scrutiny.

'Baby India': video shows newborn found in plastic bag

Washington - Police in the US state of Georgia have released a poignant video of officers finding an abandoned newborn girl inside a plastic bag, as part of their efforts to find the child's mother.

New process turns carbon dioxide into eco-plastics

Scientists have developed a means by which they can manipulate bacteria to generate biofuel and degradable bioplastics by utilizing airborne carbon dioxide, water vapor, and nitrogen, via a light-initiated biochemical reaction

Stomach 'portholes' in cows draw ire of French activists

Paris - A French animal rights group published unsettling images Thursday of cows with a plastic "porthole" surgically inserted into their sides to allow access to their stomach contents, rekindling a debate over the welfare of animals in industrial farming.

G20 agrees marine plastic pollution deal

Apo - The Group of 20 major economies said they agreed a deal to reduce plastic waste that is choking the seas at a meeting in Japan on Sunday.

Getting to zero: the Japan town trying to recycle all its waste

Apo - Plastic, paper, metal? In Japan's Kamikatsu, sorting rubbish isn't that simple. Residents face a mind-boggling 45 separate categories for their garbage as the town aims to be "zero-waste" by 2020.And that's not all: there isn't even trash collection.

Do you consume a credit card's worth of plastic every week?

Paris - People worldwide could be ingesting five grammes of microscopic plastic particles every week, equivalent in weight to a credit card, researchers said Wednesday.

Canada to ban single-use plastics from 2021

Montr - Canada will ban single-use plastics from 2021, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday, declaring it a "global challenge" to phase out the plastic bags, straws and cutlery clogging the world's oceans.

Canada to ban single-use plastics in 2021: Trudeau

Montr - Canada will ban single-use plastics from 2021, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday, declaring it a "global challenge" to phase out the bottles, straws and plastic bags clogging the world's oceans.

Johnsonville recalls over 47 tons of sausage over plastic pieces

Johnsonville, LLC., a Sheboygan Falls, Wis. establishment, is recalling approximately 95,393 pounds of its ready-to-eat jalapeño cheddar smoked sausage products that may be contaminated with extraneous material, specifically hard green plastic.

An explanation for why Canada's waste ended up in Asia

With criticism of plastic waste exports mounting in many developed nations, most countries have had very little to say about the problem.

We are just seeing the tip of the iceberg on non-recyclable waste

For the past year, the waste of the world has been gathering on the shores of south-east Asia. Containers full of unwanted waste have been accumulating in ports in Indonesia and Vietnam - while vast toxic wastelands of plastics cover parts of Malaysia.

Malaysia to ship back hundreds of tonnes of plastic waste

Port Klang - Hundreds of tonnes of imported plastic waste will be shipped back to where it came from, Malaysia said Tuesday, insisting the country did not want to be a global dumping ground.

Plastic polluter: Brazil recycles 'almost nothing'

Rio De Janeiro - Standing among sacks of used supermarket shopping bags, soft drink bottles and detergent containers, Evelin Marcele is scornful of Brazil's efforts to recycle plastic waste.

New river study on origins of plastic pollution in the oceans

Where does plastic waste originate? How does it arrive in the Ocean? Where should we concentrate our efforts to stop the flow of this waste? These questions will be addresses in a new study of ten rivers by the Tara Ocean Foundation.

Deepest submarine dive ever finds plastic waste in Mariana Trench

An American diver broke the record for deepest submarine dive ever and found something disheartening at the bottom of the ocean — a plastic bag. Victor Vescovo traveled seven miles down to the deepest part of the ocean, the Mariana Trench in the Pacific

180 nations agree UN deal to regulate export of plastic waste

Geneva - Around 180 governments on Friday agreed on a new UN accord to regulate the export of plastic waste, some eight million tonnes of which ends up in the oceans each year, organisers said.

Mexico City bans disposable plastics

Mexico - Mexico City's legislature voted Thursday to ban businesses from buying, selling or giving their customers disposable plastics, a major shift for a sprawling capital that is awash in them.

Protesters slam Sudan state media for coverage blackout

Khartoum - Grasping an empty plastic bottle that stands in for a microphone, young Sudanese protester Abu Bakr Marghani pretends to be a journalist interviewing demonstrators at Khartoum's sit-in outside the army complex.
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