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Russian nuclear facility denies it is source of high radioactivity levels

nuclear experts have said there was no evidence to suggest the leak posed a significant hazard
Nuclear experts have said there was no evidence to suggest the leak posed a significant hazard to human health or the environment. Photograph: Martin Argles for the Guardian

Greenpeace calls for investigation after levels of ruthenium-106 in atmosphere near Urals site found to be 986 times norm

November 21, 2017 — A secretive Russian nuclear facility has denied it was behind high atmospheric concentrations of the radioactive isotope ruthenium-106, after Russia’s meteorological Continue reading Russian nuclear facility denies it is source of high radioactivity levels

Sewage plants are leaking millions of tiny plastic beads into Britain’s seas

microplastics used in wastewater plants could be contributing to the problem of plastic pollution in oceans
Microplastics used in wastewater plants could be contributing to the problem of plastic pollution in oceans, according to the report. Photograph: Sandy Young/Alamy Stock Photo

The plastic beads used for filtering sewage are hard to spot and pose a risk to wildlife, according to a new report

October 11, 2017 — Sewage plants are contributing to plastic pollution in the oceans with millions of tiny beads spilling into the seas around the UK, according to a new report. Continue reading Sewage plants are leaking millions of tiny plastic beads into Britain’s seas

EU rules out tax on plastic products to reduce waste

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The EU wants companies to design plastic products with reuse in mind to try and cut back on waste. Photograph: Alex Hofford/EPA

EU opts for public awareness campaign on the impacts of plastics on the environment saying a tax would not be sustainable

October 6, 2017 — The EU has ruled out penalties on single-use plastic products, in favour of raising public awareness of the damage consumer plastics are doing to the world’s oceans. Continue reading EU rules out tax on plastic products to reduce waste

Sydney waste-power incinerator plans halved amid pollution and health fears

552,000 tonnes of waste a year
More than 552,000 tonnes of waste a year would be burnt under revised plans for an energy incinerator in Sydney’s west. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

Plant’s operator seeks approval for a phased development in the face of residents’ opposition and concerns over air quality

October 4, 2017 — Plans for the world’s biggest waste-to-energy plant in Sydney’s west have been cut in half, in an effort to address concerns from health and environmental authorities, and residents. Continue reading Sydney waste-power incinerator plans halved amid pollution and health fears

Shampoo bottle made from ocean plastics hailed as ‘technological breakthrough’

plastics collected from beaches
UV exposure and degradation have traditionally made plastics collected from beaches hard to recycle, says Steve Morgan of Recoup. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Limited edition Head & Shoulders bottle to go on sale in France represents tiny proportion of global sales

January 25, 2017 — Beaches strewn with plastic waste have become a graphic illustration of just how much plastic we use in everything from food packaging to cosmetics, and how much of it gets thrown away. Continue reading Shampoo bottle made from ocean plastics hailed as ‘technological breakthrough’

England’s plastic bag usage drops 85% since 5p charge introduced

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Plastic bag floating underwater at Pulau Bunaken, Indonesia. Around 8m tonnes of plastic flows into the world’s oceans each year. Photograph: Paul Kennedy/Getty Images

Number of single-use bags handed out dropped to 500m in first six months since charge, compared with 7bn the previous year

July 31, 2016 — The number of single-use plastic bags used by shoppers in England has plummeted by more than 85% after the introduction of a 5p charge last October, early figures suggest.  Continue reading England’s plastic bag usage drops 85% since 5p charge introduced