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Egypt beach resorts fight global scourge of plastic trash

Hurgada - Combing the Red Sea beach at an Egyptian luxury resort, workers find bagfuls of plastic garbage -- but the news isn't all bad, thanks to a new environmental initiative.

Ecuador city recycling plastic bottles for bus tickets

Guayaquil - Looking after the environment is paying off in Ecuador, at least for public transport users in the business hub of Guayaquil.

Microplastics in drinking water not a health risk for now: WHO

Geneva - The World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday the level of microplastics in drinking-water is not yet dangerous for humans but called for more research into potential future risk.

Could Mexico cactus solve world's plastics problem?

Guadalajara - Mexico's prickly pear cactus, which is emblazoned on the country's flag, could soon play a new and innovative role in the production of biodegradable plastics.

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.

Egypt Red Sea province to ban single-use plastic

Hurgada - Egypt's Red Sea Governorate is to introduce a ban on single-use plastics that are destroying marine life, the province's top official said Wednesday.

Oceans of garbage prompt war on plastics

Paris - Faced with images of turtles smothered by plastic bags, beaches carpeted with garbage and islands of trash floating in the oceans, environmentalists say the world is waking up to the need to tackle plastic pollution at the source.

Dutch join G7-led push to rid oceans of plastics

Ottawa - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced his country's endorsement of a G7-led initiative to rid the oceans of plastics, during a visit to Ottawa on Thursday.

Coca-Cola, Walmart to cut plastic pollution in oceans

Montr - Coca-Cola, Walmart and other big multinationals pledged on Thursday to help reduce plastic pollution in the world's oceans in support of a campaign by five of the G7 industrialized nations.

Degrading plastics emit greenhouse gases: study

Tampa - Need another reason to hate plastics piling up in the environment?

'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.

Top bottled water brands contaminated with plastic particles: report

Miami - The world's leading brands of bottled water are contaminated with tiny plastic particles that are likely seeping in during the packaging process, according to a major study across nine countries published Wednesday.

Kenya bans plastic bags in bid to fight pollution

Nairobi - A ban on plastic bags came into force in Kenya on Monday in a bid to slow pollution, with offenders liable to jail time or hefty fines.

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