Balls of seagrass could help kick microplastics out of the sea

Seagrass forms balls that have the potential to capture 867 million pieces of plastic annually

‘World’s oceans could be flooded with 1.5bn face masks by the end of 2020’

Oceans globally face an additional 4,680 to 6,240 tonnes of marine plastic pollution, fuelled by the use of single-use PPE

New £20m UK investment to tackle plastic waste in developing nations

UK Research and Innovation is supporting partnerships with researchers across 11 countries: China, Chile, Egypt, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Peru, Malawi, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Vietnam

Almost 14m tonnes of microplastics ‘cover the global ocean floor’

The amount of microplastics recorded was 25 times higher than previous underwater studies, according to a report

Transatlantic scientific venture creates enzyme cocktail to quickly digest plastic

The innovation could be used in large-scale industrial recycling processes and ‘could create a revolution’ in the treatment of plastic waste

US industry giants pledge to cut plastic pollution in new pact

They seek to collectively meet impactful goals by 2025 that they could not otherwise meet on their own

Wales seeks views on plans to reduce single-use plastics

The consultation is open until 22nd October 2020

Plastic flows into the ocean ‘set to triple by 2040’

The cumulative amount of plastic in the ocean is forecast to reach 600m tonnes by 2040, equivalent in weight to more than three million blue whales

Asia’s consumers demand action on plastic maritime pollution

A recent report by UNEP and FIA notes a rise in plastic waste in South-East Asia, amid the Covid-19 pandemic

Earth Challenge 2020 invites ‘global citizens’ to protect the environment

The initiative encourages individuals across the globe to take civic action and contribute to a citizen-data cloud