A Surge of New Plastic Is About to Hit the Planet

A Surge of New Plastic Is About to Hit the Planet

The World Economic Forum predicts plastic production will double in the next 20 years.“In the context of a world trying to shift off of fossil fuels as an energy source, this is where [oil and gas companies] see the growth,” said Steven Feit, a staff attorney at the Center for International Environmental Law, an advocacy group.

The Year Humanity Declared War on Microplastics

The Year Humanity Declared War on Microplastics

Scientists revealed that it’s blowing in the air and swirling in the seas and tainting our food and water, with as yet unknown effects on human health .Microplastic pollution isn’t particularly new to science—researchers have been monitoring the problem for decades.

Baby Fish Feast on Microplastics, and Then Get Eaten

Baby Fish Feast on Microplastics, and Then Get Eaten

Gove and his colleagues dissected hundreds of larval fish and found that 8.6 percent of specimens from slicks—which appear as smooth ribbons on the surface—contained microplastics, more than twice the rate as larvae in nearby non-slick surface waters.

Ocean Cleanup’s New Plastic-Catcher … Kinda Already Exists?

Ocean Cleanup’s New Plastic-Catcher … Kinda Already Exists?

A little over a year ago, a group called The Ocean Cleanup launched an unprecedented campaign to rid the seas of plastic, complete with an unprecedented device: a 600-meter-long, U-shaped tube that was meant to passively gather debris in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch for a ship to come along and scoop up and take back to land.

Fish snack on microplastics

Fish snack on microplastics

Microplastics are being fed to snapper, New Zealand’s most popular recreational fish species, at NIWA’s aquaculture research facility near Whangarei in a bid to establish some baseline data about how fish are being affected.

Unilever to Halve Use of New Plastic as Uproar Over Waste Grows

Unilever to Halve Use of New Plastic as Uproar Over Waste Grows

Unilever pledged to halve its use of newly made plastic by 2025 as the consumer-goods industry wrestles with growing criticism of the environmental impact of throwaway packaging.

Airbnb Wants to Send You to Antarctica. Don't Fall for It

Airbnb Wants to Send You to Antarctica. Don't Fall for It

It’s certainly possible for ordinary folk to help with collecting microplastic samples, as Airbnb intends participants to: Bergmann and her team had regular people living on a Norwegian archipelago pack up snow samples for a study themselves.

The Riddle, and Controversy, of All That Missing Plastic

The Riddle, and Controversy, of All That Missing Plastic

To complement these findings, Ocean Cleanup used data on winds and currents to show that when pieces of plastic come out of, say, rivers, they tend to stick around the coastline.Ocean Cleanup reckons that in total, just .06 percent of plastics from the shore and coastline make their way into gyres.

Arctic Plastic Pollution, a Hacker Joke Gone Awry, and More News

Arctic Plastic Pollution, a Hacker Joke Gone Awry, and More News

Arctic Plastic Pollution, a Hacker Joke Gone Awry, and More News.Microplastics are reaching every corner of the earth, a hacker's joke cost him over $12,000, and WIRED takes a look at the science of dick pics.

Microplastics Are Blowing Into the Pristine Arctic

Microplastics Are Blowing Into the Pristine Arctic

“Snow ‘scavenges’ the particles in the air and brings them down,” says marine ecologist Melanie Bergmann of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, lead author of a new paper in Science Advances .

Little Plastic 'Nurdles' Are Flooding Beaches and Waterways

Little Plastic 'Nurdles' Are Flooding Beaches and Waterways

They want Formosa to pay $184 million in penalties, the maximum allowed by the Clean Water Act. For more than three years, Diane Wilson and two other local volunteers have collected more than 2,400 samples of nurdles and pellet powder discharged illegally by Formosa’s 2,500-acre Port Lavaca facility.

Can't Set Off Fireworks? Try These Science-Backed Alternatives

Can't Set Off Fireworks? Try These Science-Backed Alternatives

If it’s the flashy colors of a fireworks display that you’re after, well, good news: we have lasers .The current state of this once-futuristic technology ranges from the safe and festive to the deliberately dangerous.

Monterey Bay Is a Natural Wonder—Poisoned With Microplastic

Monterey Bay Is a Natural Wonder—Poisoned With Microplastic

For one, microplastic is swirling in Monterey Bay’s water column at every depth they sampled, sometimes in concentrations greater than at the surface of the infamous Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Now Ocean Plastics Could Be Killing Oxygen-Making Bacteria

Now Ocean Plastics Could Be Killing Oxygen-Making Bacteria

The specks materializing even in human feces .Now scientists have exposed a potential new consequence of the plastic menace: The toxins the material leaches into seawater inhibit the growth and photosynthetic efficiency of the bacteria Prochlorococcus , which is responsible for producing an estimated 20 percent of the oxygen we breathe.

Everlane's New Sneaker Treads Lightly on the Environment

Everlane's New Sneaker Treads Lightly on the Environment

Everlane's next project takes its eco-consciousness one step further with a unisex sneaker made from recycled plastic, rubber, and leather. They turned to natural and recycled rubber, which is durable, but also considerably heavier than plastic-derived foams like EVA.The brand developed its own material for the sole of the shoe.

A Shocking Find Shows Just How Far Wind Can Carry Microplastics

A Shocking Find Shows Just How Far Wind Can Carry Microplastics

You might assume a film with more surface area would travel farther than a fragment, but that just hasn’t been tested.“That's one of the challenges moving forward is trying to actually model how these plastics move in 3D in the air, so we can figure out where they come from,” says environmental pollution scientist Deonie Allen of the EcoLab, part of the National Center of Scientific Research for France, coauthor on a new paper in Nature Geoscience.

Watch the Mesmerizing Routine of a World Champion Yo-Yoer

Watch the Mesmerizing Routine of a World Champion Yo-Yoer

Today’s yo-yo’s are mostly butterfly shaped to better catch the string and spin for minutes on a single throw, thanks to smooth spinning ball-bearings instead of a wooden or plastic axle.

Freitag's Latest Bags Have a Funky New Ingredient: Plastic

Freitag's Latest Bags Have a Funky New Ingredient: Plastic

Now Freitag is bringing a new design to market: a line of bags that are made partially of truck tarp, and partially of material spun from recycled plastic bottles.

The World's Recycling Is in Chaos. Here's What Has to Happen

The World's Recycling Is in Chaos. Here's What Has to Happen

Like most municipal recycling programs, those cities contract with Duong’s company to collect and sort recyclable waste at its materials recovery facility, where they are baled and sent to end-market processors.

Want a Foldable Phone? Hold Out for Real Glass

Want a Foldable Phone? Hold Out for Real Glass

“In a glass solution, you’re really challenging the laws of physics, in that to get a very tight bend radius you want to go thinner and thinner, but you also have to be able to survive a drop event and resist damage.” Instead, the early folding phone manufacturers are leaning on plastic polymers.

Since China’s Ban, Recycling in the US Has Gone Up in Flames

Since China’s Ban, Recycling in the US Has Gone Up in Flames

“You may think burning plastic means ‘poof, it’s gone’ but it puts some very nasty pollution into the air for communities that are already dealing with high rates of asthma and cancers.” Hugging the western bank of the Delaware River, which separates Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Chester City was once a humming industrial outpost, hosting Ford and General Motors plants.

Chevron Phillips Chemical Joins New Global Alliance Against Plastic Waste

Chevron Phillips Chemical Joins New Global Alliance Against Plastic Waste

The 25 current members include manufacturers, consumer goods companies, retailers, converters and waste management firms, along with leaders in government and intergovernmental organizations “Compared to alternatives like glass and steel, plastics provide dramatic reductions in energy use, material consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, but it’s time to solve the problem of plastic waste in our environment and oceans,” concluded Lashier.

Scientist collects rubbish to rid rivers of plastics

Scientist collects rubbish to rid rivers of plastics

It’s seen as someone else’s problem because you don’t see it or see what you’ve done.” Dr Valois will also be sorting the plastic rubbish to figure out the major sources and types in the hope of coming up with some ways of intervening before it gets into waterways.

Could Spider Silk Become a Natural Replacement for Plastic?

Could Spider Silk Become a Natural Replacement for Plastic?

Researchers knew from Lewis how the genes were sequenced, and knew what the silk looked like under a microscope once produced, but they didn’t know how the proteins were arranged inside those glands.

A Magic Wand? Nope, Just Good Ol’ Fashioned Physics

A Magic Wand? Nope, Just Good Ol’ Fashioned Physics

What happens if I hang a neutral object from the string and bring the positively charged PVC pipe? These moving electrons experience an attractive force from the positive charges on the PVC and thus move to the right side of the metal (as seen in the diagram).

The Future of Fashion in One Word: Plastics

The Future of Fashion in One Word: Plastics

It comes in the form of a new outwear collection called ReNew which has rescued some three million plastic water bottles (so far) from landfills and beaches, repurposing them as synthetic fabrics.EverlaneThe line of plastic parkas and puffer jackets follows a trend from companies big (Adidas), small (Rothy's), niche (Girlfriend Collective), and mainstream (H&M), all of which have recently incorporated recycled plastic into their wares.

Luxuriate in This Mechanic's Teardown of a 1974 Harley Davidson

Luxuriate in This Mechanic's Teardown of a 1974 Harley Davidson

Luxuriate in This Mechanic's Teardown of a 1974 Harley DavidsonIf you want to get to know something, tear it down.

Just a Few Pieces of Plastic Can Kill Sea Turtles

Just a Few Pieces of Plastic Can Kill Sea Turtles

In some areas with high levels of plastic pollution, like the Mediterranean and the southern Atlantic Ocean, turtles are unable to avoid the debris, while in other areas it is less of a problem.“We know individual turtles are dying, but we don’t know yet whether enough turtles are dying to cause population decline, and that’s where we’re heading to now,” Dr. Hamann said.Jennifer Lynch, a research biologist with the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Hawaii, took issue with the way the study measured vulnerability to plastic.In her own research, she has seen animals that aren’t harmed after swallowing 300 pieces of plastic, so she doesn’t believe that 14 pieces pose such a high risk of death.

A road full of bottlenecks: Dutch cycle path is made of plastic waste

A road full of bottlenecks: Dutch cycle path is made of plastic waste

First path entirely made of recycled bottles, cups and packaging opens in Zwolle The world’s first plastic bicycle path made of recycled bottles, cups and packaging has opened in the Netherlands, as part of a pilot that could see similar roads open up across the country.

Giant Trap Is Deployed to Catch Plastic Littering the Pacific Ocean

Giant Trap Is Deployed to Catch Plastic Littering the Pacific Ocean

Future booms are estimated to cost about $5.8 million each.Major sponsors include Marc Benioff, the chief executive of Salesforce.com, and Peter Thiel, the co-founder of PayPal.Skeptics questioned whether this was the most economically efficient way to address the problem.“I fully agree that this is not the full solution to plastic pollution,” Mr. Slat said.While it’s necessary to prevent more plastic from entering the ocean, what is there already isn’t going to go away by itself, he added.“We have to clean it up at some point in time and, actually, I would say the sooner the better,” he said.