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Rise in plastic pollution a ‘planetary emergency’ – EIA

Rise in plastic pollution a ‘planetary emergency’ – EIA The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) says that a predicted rise in plastic pollution constitutes a ‘planetary emergency’.  The Agency which investigates and campaigns against ‘environmental crime and abuse’, says ‘addiction to plastic’ and failure to prevent it contaminating the food web ‘directly undermines’ human health, drives bio...
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Minister working on strategy to ban single-use plastics

Minister for Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton has he would like to introduce a nationwide ban on single use plastics and he is considering applying fees to manufacturers who wrap supermarket products in non-recyclable plastics. Speaking at the Waste Summit in Dublin, Mr Bruton said is working on a strategy which could ban single-use plastic plates, cutlery, straws, balloon sticks, co...
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Why compostable plastics may be no better for the environment

As companies move to get rid of single-use plastic bags and bans on microbeads are coming into force, new biodegradable or compostable plastic products seem to offer an alternative. But they may be no better for the environment.  Recently, European scientists argued that existing international industry standards are insufficient and cannot realistically predict the biodegradability of compostable ...
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Artificial Intelligence (AI) could help us protect the environment — or destroy it

Artificial intelligence (AI) continues to evolve exponentially. With environmental concerns ever more at the forefront, experts are turning to AI to find sustainable solutions. But the technology also presents risks. Today, we can pull out our smart phones and use various apps to enhance our everyday lives. Digital assistants like Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri are able to complete a number of...
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