Plastic

Campaign for plastic bag free Avalon

Patrick Begley Instead of plastic, the residents of Avalon in Sydney's north could soon be carrying their goods in bags made of old sheets, Doona covers and upholstery offcuts.

Fake plastic trees and a volcanic push to keep the globe cool

Volcano

Ben Cubby, Tom Arup, Adam Morton and Nicky Phillips examine plans that range from the realistic to the wacky.

Could this mean the end of the line for the plastic water bottle?

Water

David Sygall It's a battle over billions, but both sides agree plastic bottle sales are falling, writes David Sygall.

Plastic greatest danger for marine turtles

New research from the Earthwatch program Turtles in Trouble shows that 36 per cent of marine turtles are affected by marine rubbish, with soft plastic being the major villain.

Deadly diet of marine plastic kills seabirds

Lord Howe

Andrew Darby, Hobart For years a remote patch of the North Pacific has served as a benchmark of global marine plastic pollution - and now it appears we have our own.

Plastic out, biodegradable bags in to reduce landfill

Aaron Cook THE state government plans to introduce biodegradable bags to supermarket checkouts and open more waste collection centres to reduce landfill.

Ban on plastic bags spreads to Tasmania

Andrew Darby HOBART MOMENTUM appears to be growing nationally for a ban on plastic checkout bags, as Tasmania joins three other jurisdictions to outlaw them.

Europe may ban plastic bags

With each European using 500 plastic bags per year, and tonnes of plastic littering the Mediterranean, the European Commission may ban them from stores or tax them to combat pollution.

20 kilograms of plastic found in dead giraffe

A male giraffe that died in an Indonesian zoo had 20 kilograms of plastic in its stomach, officials say, the latest suspicious animal death at the facility.

Plastic fibres an increasing threat to marine environment, study shows

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Deborah Smith SYNTHETIC clothing could be a significant source of tiny pieces of plastic that are accumulating in the marine environment, a study shows.

Message in 12,500 plastic bottles

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Adventurer and environmentalist David de Rothschild sails with his crew on the Plastiki, a catamaran made entirely out of recycled plastic, from the US to Australia to promote the recycling of...

Plastic is fantastic for banking dynasty heir

David de Rothschild

Glenda Kwek David de Rothschild doesn't believe in half measures.

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Fantastic plastic too good to waste

Paul Sheehan

Paul Sheehan A research expedition is being prepared in San Francisco to sail a plastic boat into the northern Pacific Ocean as part of a wider study of sustainability in the ocean, writes Paul Sheehan.

Target calls it a wrap on plastic

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Ben Cubby Retail giant Target has confirmed it will ban plastic bags in its 283 Australian stores next month. It will be the first large retailer to break ranks and ban bags on environmental grounds.

Dumping is trashing Australian beaches, says CSIRO report

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Marc Moncrief Illegal dumping is one of the primary sources of rubbish on the nation’s beaches, according to the world’s largest survey of coastal trash.

NSW calls for national ban on shampoo additives that are choking the oceans

Harbour health under threat from micro-nasties.

Peter Hannam The NSW government has called for a national ban on the sale and production of shampoos and other products containing microplastics before they inflict worse damage on marine environments.

The tiny terrors at the bottom of the harbour

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Heath Gilmore Tiny fragments and threads of plastic have been found for the first time among the smallest grains of sand at the bottom of Sydney Harbour, potentially poisoning fish and other sea life.

Tackling the fire threat on the home front

NCH NEWS. Lloyd Blows, the elderly resident of a Tomago caravan park who went missing over a week ago was found alive today in bushland near the power lines which cross Old Punt Road, Tomago. Pic shows bush on the side of Old Punt Road where there was some fresh human tracks in the leaves on the ground. Pic by MAX MASON-HUBERS MMH. 5th May 2014. Newcastle

Peter Hannam Up at the top end of a cul-de-sac, amid towering eucalypts at Durren Durren, north of Sydney, Mike White has been getting expert advice on how to prepare the family home for the coming fire season.

What lies beneath

NOT FOR SYNDICATION - FAIRFAX PHOTOS OUT - A Salt Water Crocodile surfaces at Dawn on Yellow Water Billabong in Kakadu National Park Photo Glenn Campbell

Stephanie Wood The Top End's crocodile population has bounced back since the animals were protected, and stakeholders agree that resolving the sometimes deadly conflict between crocs and humans is a priority.

Weather warning as freezing wind gusts hit Victoria

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Caroline Zielinski Wild weather is lashing Victoria, playing havoc with the train network and closing roads in the state's alpine region as holidaymakers head for the snow fields.