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Alarm at recovery of plastic waste in human bodies

Vienna - Plastic pollution and the recovery of micro-particles of plastic is not only a concern for marine life, according to a new report. Particles of plastic material are being recovered in the human digestive tract.

Q&A: Why developed economies need new waste solutions Special

Levels of recycling in developed economies like the U.S. are low and considerable quantities go to landfill. To address this requires new policies, new behaviors, and new technologies. An expert in waste solutions provides some solutions.

Q&A: The ever-growing rise of waste in developed economies Special

Many countries have problems with waste and a considerable proportion of this waste is not recycled. More needs to be done to transition from focusing on waste management to focusing on sustainable materials management, according to a leading expert.

Paris, Tokyo, New York and others pledge to slash waste

New York - By slashing food waste and improving waste management and recycling, 23 global cities and regions representing 150 million people pledged Tuesday to significantly cut the pollution-causing garbage they generate by 2030.

Sofia theatre group explores 'invisible hands' of recycling

Sofia - In a neighbourhood in downtown Sofia, theatregoers are looking for entertainment among the city's rubbish -- quite literally.

'Trash is gold' as Benin community turns waste into biogas

- Garbage has never smelled so sweet for a small village in southern Benin since it opened a pilot waste treatment centre to turn household rubbish into gas -- and cash. "Our trash has become gold. We no longer throw it into the bush.

Australia supermarket bagged after plastic backflip

Sydney - A leading Australian supermarket was Thursday forced into a backflip after facing a barrage of criticism for reneging on plans to phase out free plastic bags.

'Bag rage' as Australia supermarkets impose plastic ban

Sydney - Dozens of supermarket staff have suffered abuse as two major Australian grocery chains struggled to impose a ban on single-use plastic bags, with one irate customer putting his hands around a shop assistant's throat.

Electric Zoo is going eco-friendly, says 'no' to plastic straws

New York - New York's premiere electronic dance music festival, Electric Zoo, is saying no to plastic straws at this year's event, "The Big 10," which will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary.

UN says world choking on plastic as environmental crisis grows

New Delhi - Up to five trillion grocery bags are used each year and like most plastic garbage barely any is recycled, the UN said Tuesday as it warned the world was choking on trash.

Plastic wasteland: Asia's ocean pollution crisis

Vietnam - A Vietnamese mangrove draped with polythene, a whale killed after swallowing waste bags in Thai seas and clouds of underwater trash near Indonesian "paradise" islands -- grim images of the plastic crisis that has gripped Asia.

No time to waste: Moscow urged to recycle, not burn

Moscow - Protests have been growing in recent months over the stench from landfill sites around Moscow, overflowing with millions of tonnes of rubbish.

Indonesia scrubbing the 'world's dirtiest river'

Indonesia - The scabies on Indonesian rice farmer Yusuf Supriyadi's limbs are a daily reminder of the costs of living next to the "world's dirtiest river".

Campaigners slam UK plans on cutting plastic waste

London - Campaigners on Thursday criticised British Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste within 25 years, calling it a "missed opportunity" that lacked the necessary urgency.

Mountains of garbage and despair in India's dirtiest city

Gonda - Flies throng over piles of faeces, the drains overflow with sewage and the foul smell in the air is inescapable.Welcome to Awas Vikas: one of the most exclusive parts of Gonda, a city suffering the ignominy of being branded the dirtiest in India.

The waste-collecting cyclists who caught the UN's eye

Nantes - Putting an end to the unnecessary burning of biodegradable waste, one restaurant at a time, has become the forceful mission of a team of French cyclists.

Waste industry needs to wake up to digital technology

The waste collection industry has been slow to adopt digital technology according to a business analyst group. In unregulated areas, established companies are starting to face challenges from start-ups.

Waste-to-energy technologies present opportunity for startups

Researchers have demonstrated that landfill waste can be used to produce energy which generates less greenhouse gases than simply letting the waste decompose. The study highlights an opportunity for startups.

Earth's 2017 resource 'budget' spent by next week: report

Paris - Humanity will have used up its allowance of planetary resources such as water, soil, and clean air for all of 2017 by next week, said a report Tuesday.

Kicking up a stink: Ukraine's Lviv blighted by trash crisis

L'viv - Ukraine's western city of Lviv is famous for its picture-postcard graceful domes and cobblestone streets but it's not such a pretty sight in the back alleys, which are blighted by growing mountains of garbage.

Plastic-eating caterpillar addresses waste problem

Cambridge - A plastic-eating caterpillar could munch polymeric waste and help to address the problems of plastic waste disposal that accumulates in landfills, according to a Cambridge science team.

Despite EU fines, Greece struggling to promote recycling

Atenas - A steady stream of EU fines and two decades of trying have failed to get recycling off the ground in Greece, where eco-awareness is only half-heartedly promoted by authorities.

Desperate choice of Ethiopia landslide survivor: run or die

Addis Ababa - One minute, Zemed Derib stood negotiating with her precocious siblings who had locked themselves inside their uncle's home as a prank.The next, the playful scene gave way to horror as the hillside of the rubbish dump above them collapsed.

Hazardous waste sites in Florida may be linked to cancer

Tallahassee - There are several environmental factors associated with an elevated risk of cancer. One area that is receiving attention is the disposal of hazardous waste (such as waste from industrial sites). New results from Florida suggest a concerning connection.

How India's 'Garden City' became garbage city

Bangalore - The stench of rubbish hanging over swathes of Bangalore is so powerful it rouses residents in the middle of the night, the fetid result of a trash crisis that threatens its reputation as one of India's nicest places to live.

Why the technosphere keeps increasing in size

The space on the Earth is rapidly becoming full of mechanical objects, quite a few of them are now obsolete and classed as junk. The so-called technosphere now weighs some 30 trillion tons.

Investigation launched on the impact of microplastics

London - Microplastic particles are consumed by marine life as a result of human pollution. In turn, the particles may pose a health risk to humans. This concern is sufficient to trigger a research study.

Waste-besieged Easter Island slowly learns to recycle

Hanga Roa - Every Friday, a cargo plane loaded with three tonnes of waste cardboard takes off from wind-swept Easter Island, bound for the Chilean mainland thousands of miles away across the Pacific.

Garbage crisis returns to parts of Lebanon

Birut - A garbage crisis has returned to Lebanon with trash piling up in regions north of Beirut months after the government headed off a political crisis over uncollected waste.

Nature's 2016 resource 'budget' already used up, report says

Paris - In just over seven months, humanity has used up a full year's allotment of natural resources such as water, food and clean air -- the quickest rate yet, according to a new report.
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