Plastic

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

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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.

Weather warning as freezing wind gusts hit Victoria

Wind

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.

Taken to the cleaners: how washing and scrubbing are killing the world's oceans

Marine life in Sydney Harbour.

Peter Hannam Next time you shampoo or clean your teeth, you may inadvertently be contributing to a spreading scourge of the world’s oceans.

Anglers warned to look out for illegal yabby traps in ACT waterways

Megan Gorrey Canberra anglers have been urged to look out for illegal yabby traps which have been spotted in territory tackle shops, and pose a serious threat to native wildlife.

US to seek global action to protect oceans, John Kerry says

The world's oceans under threat.

Juliet Eilperin US Secretary of State John Kerry says he will "try to coalesce global action around the oceans" next week by hosting an international summit aimed at curbing overfishing, pollution and chemical...

Recycling issue brewing in George Clooney's Nespresso campaign

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Neil McMahon In marketing terms it's a match made in moneymaking heaven - but George Clooney, king of cool turned emperor of the coffee-pod people, may be serving up a less-than-perfect brew as a caffeine...

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.

Wonders of the water

Seahorse

Kelsey Munro Some magical creatures live in Sydney Harbour.