‘Technologies to clean plastic waste from ocean surface won’t work’

Scientists say newly announced devices to skim rubbish from the top of the world’s seas won’t have any significant impact in cleaning up pollution

‘Almost 30% of Britons don’t know fly-tipping is breaking the law’

One in eight UK residents admit to illegal fly-tipping, according to a new report

‘UK households waste 30% more food’ as lockdown eases

People who worked fewer hours or were furloughed during the lockdown and those with children who returned to school post-lockdown generate more food waste, according to a new report

Microplastics found in guts of sharks off UK coast

Microplastic and other man-made fibre particles were found in 67% of the creatures studied

‘Parts of the Thames see 94,000 microplastic particles flow through water every second’

Three separate studies have found high levels of microplastics are impacting the river, seriously affecting its inhabitants, habitats, water column and shoreline

UK parks flooded with mountains of waste ‘equal to the weight of 20 London buses’ in June alone

The increase in waste left on the grass rose by 32% compared with June last year, according to reports from the Royal Parks

Nitrogen dioxide air pollution in China fell by 48% during the coronavirus lockdown

While some of this reduction is expected in normal years due to the Lunar New Year public holiday and weather changes, levels were still 21% below the average for 2015-19

Environmental projects secure £1.4m of funding raised by fining companies that broke rules

The Environment Agency says donations to environmental projects are offered to offenders as an alternative to prosecutions

Global amount of e-waste generated up two million metric tonnes in 2019

Worryingly, researchers expect the global generation of electronic waste to grow to 74.7Mt by 2030

Remote working practices ‘must continue to keep a lid on air pollution’

Charity Global Action Plan notes staff working from home post-lockdown will not only prevent a second spike of Coronavirus but would also avoid a fifth of all commutes by car