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


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?


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

Message in 12,500 plastic bottles


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.

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 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 fibres an increasing threat to marine environment, study shows


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

Paul Sheehan

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

Target bag

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.

Blaze destroys houses but not street's spirit

The aftermath of the bushfires

Emma Partridge, Megan Levy Catherine Hubbard might have suffocated in smoke had it not been for a phone call.

Officer stayed at the desk

Paul and Karen Bousfield and the remains of Paul's motorcycle in Buena Vista Rd, Winmalee in the Blue Mountains that was destroyed in the fire last week. 22ndOctober 2013
Photograph by Dallas Kilponen

Emma Partridge Senior Sergeant Paul Bousfield was helping frantic residents at the counter of Springwood Police Station in the middle of the bushfire crisis when he received a text message from his wife Karen.

Guardian angels


Damien Murphy Something about the way they're lying - one slumped on his side, the other supine. Are they dead, asleep, or maybe they're mucking around?

Sex toys a no go for Canberra recycling, but sphygmomanometer OK

Georgina Connery Can I dump my old sex toys in the recycling bin? What about my credit cards or my sphygmomanometer?

Jellyfish winning the fight for food - against humans


Peter Hannam When it comes to jellyfish on Australian beaches, getting stung may be the least of our worries.

Wonders of the water


Kelsey Munro Some magical creatures live in Sydney Harbour.

Rescued sea turtle a long way from home

Green Sea Turtle in Lakes Entrance

Bridie Smith A green sea turtle estimated to be at least 90 years old was the surprise guest among holidaymakers gathered at Ninety Mile Beach over New Year's Eve.