Waitrose
Waitrose announces recipients of £1m plastic-reduction prize

The supermarket giant’s money will help reduce fishing nets getting lost, use fungus to digest plastic and allow mussels to filter seawater

Burning plastic bags
Plastic bag bans ‘can slash air pollution’

A new study published by UN Environment highlights that incineration of plastic waste is a major source of toxic fumes, especially in continents such as Africa

Air filters at German junction suck up harmful dust and nitrogen dioxide

MANN+HUMMEL has retrofitted its 17 ‘Filter Cubes’ in Stuttgart to absorb nitrogen dioxide in addition to particulate matter

Startup sketches a carbon-free future with emissions-based ink

The Graviky Labs group says it has found a way to capture soot from vehicles and chimneys and turn it into ink for pens

Plastic bag in mountains
Plastic pollution reaches new heights in the Pyrenees

A new study shows microplastic fragments can be carried long distances from cities, covering even the most remote areas with a ‘blanket’ of waste

Sir David Attenborough
Has the ‘Attenborough effect’ led to a 53% fall in single-use plastic use?

A new study suggests that TV programmes such as Blue Planet II may have influenced the public to be more conscious of the waste they produce

Asthma
Air pollution ’causes four million children to develop asthma every year’

Researchers say around 11,000 new cases of the breathing condition occur each day around the world as a result of toxic air from traffic

Cargo bike
Central London deliveries switch to cargo bikes ahead of clean air scheme

The Bikes for Business initiative will help 60 businesses switch to cargo bike deliveries ahead of the Ultra Low Emission Zone launching on the 8th of April

Marine plastic pollution
Plastic pollution in the world’s oceans ‘costs up to $2.5bn a year’

A new report suggests plastic pollution could be responsible for the benefit humans can gain from oceans falling by 5%

School sign
Wandsworth Council considers banning traffic from school roads

The scheme aims to slash air pollution at times children are on the pavement