Using microbes to remove microplastics

Envirotec Magazine

Researchers at Hong Kong Polytechnic University have developed a seemingly new technique to trap and recover microplastics. The method uses bacterial biofilms, a sticky substance created by micro-organisms, to trap microplastic particles.

Great Lakes fish found to be full of microplastics

AGreenLiving

The 915 particles included dyed cellulose fibers, microplastics and synthetic materials containing plasticizers and flame retardants. Related: Warming in deepest parts of the Great Lakes could be irreversible “In 2015 we knew a lot less about microplastics and contamination in fish. The health problems microplastics cause in humans are still not entirely known. Once the fish are full of microplastics, that pollution quickly expands its reach.

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The Plastic Pollution Crisis

R-Squared Energy

Just about anywhere you travel in the world, you will encounter plastic pollution. Plastic pollution is now ubiquitous in our oceans, and remote islands are an ideal place to get an objective view of the volume of plastic debris now circling the globe.”. Remote plastic dumps may be out of sight for most people, but they nevertheless impact the health of humans everywhere. Researchers are even finding microplastics in human organs. .

Top 5 Environmental Issues You Should Know

Green Living Guy

With rising levels of climate change and growing pollution, Planet Earth is in danger of environmental destruction. Medical authorities have been issuing health warnings to the global citizens on the health consequences of tampering with nature.

Autonomous Draper Drone to detect microplastics in the water

AGreenLiving

Microplastic pollution is everywhere, but its size — less than five millimeters in length — makes the threat almost invisible to the naked eye. That’s why Cambridge-based research and development lab Draper has teamed up with the Environmental Protection Agency and design firm Sprout Studios to create the Draper Drone, a concept for an autonomous underwater vehicle that implements Draper’s portable microplastics sensor.

'They are everywhere': WHO calls for research into health impacts of microplastics pollution

Business Green

Huge numbers of tiny particles of plastics in water supplies are unlikely to post serious health risk, but data is 'extremely limited' UN health body warns

Government is “passing water pollution buck to the car industry”, experts warn

Envirotec Magazine

Poisonous particle pollution from brake and tyre wear is carried in runoff then enters rivers and streams. The Government acknowledged the serious and growing impacts of poisonous particle pollution from brake, tyre and road surface wear on the environment and human health – but diverted attention away from the immediate and urgent need to stop it entering directly into rivers and streams, water quality specialists have warned.

This group is teaching new sailors how to tackle plastic pollution

Grist

The group started the crusade, called Operation Plastic Pollution Purge, last year. To see it become polluted because some yahoo doesn’t care and throws the plastic bottle overboard — it irks me.”. According to Lauren Coiro, the American Sailing Association’s marine conservationist, plastic Pollution is a very real and growing threat to human health. “In In terms of the health of marine life, it’s not good,” Coiro told Grist. “In

Atlantic has 10 times the microplastics previously thought

AGreenLiving

But a new study of plastic in the Atlantic Ocean reveals the pollution problem is ten times worse than scientists suspected. Related: Record high amount of microplastic found on seafloors Scientists’ calculations suggest that the Atlantic contains about 200 million tons of these three plastics. “Our key finding is that there is an awful lot of very, very small microplastic particles in the upper Atlantic ocean , much higher than the previous estimate.

Microplastics accelerate cell death at 3 times the normal rate, study says

AGreenLiving

Researchers from the University Medical Centre (UMC) Utrecht recently announced that cells exposed to microplastics experience cell death three times faster than those that are not. With microplastic pollution everywhere, the findings are sobering. The term microplastics has steadily crept into contemporary literature. Plastic does not readily biodegrade , but rather splinters into progressively smaller pieces, or microplastics.

How the 5p carrier bag charge has helped curb plastic pollution

Business Green

In 2019, Waitrose launched Plan Plastic - 'The Million Pound Challenge' - calling for innovative ideas that would have a long-lasting impact in tackling plastic pollution. There is increased interest in nature-based solutions for tackling pollution and two projects explored this route.

September is Coastal Cleanup Month with a new look for 2020

AGreenLiving

Related: Atlantic has 10 times the microplastics previously thought The centralized information also allows organizers to track the amount and types of garbage removed. Knowing what has been collected is an effective way to identify the source of the pollution and provide data for policymakers. Ocean pollution, particularly plastic from inland as well as boating activities, has become a massive environmental issue in recent years.

The Ocean Cleanup has first success collecting plastic from Great Pacific Garbage Patch

AGreenLiving

The Ocean Cleanup, a Dutch nonprofit dedicated to eliminating plastic pollution in the oceans, recently announced its first success. As an added bonus, not only was the prototype able to collect large, visible items but also microplastics as small as one millimeter. The hazards are compounded by the leaching out of noxious chemicals linked to health problems. The need to remove the plastic waste polluting the Pacific Ocean inspired Slat to establish The Ocean Cleanup in 2012.

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Registration opens for ‘virtual’ WWEM and AQE 2021

Envirotec Magazine

The air quality conference will address three major themes: air quality regulations; air quality and climate change, and indoor air quality and public health.

Researchers add detail to understanding how micro- and nanoplastics move through the environment

Envirotec Magazine

Artist Maarten Vanden Eynde discusses microplastics and nanoplastics, and the challenge they present with ocean pollution, at a 2017 event, Biotalk (image credit: FotoMediamatic , CC BY-NC 2.0 The health effects of such environmental pollution is not well understood.

Aquaculture becomes a net-positive

GreenBiz

In more modern times, support for aquaculture has ebbed and flowed along with concerns about animal health and welfare, worries over the effluent pollution caused by wastewater discharges, and the unintended impacts of production infrastructure such as pipes and pumps on natural ecosystems.

LA County beaches close after an 8-hour sewage spill

AGreenLiving

On Monday night, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued an order to close several beaches along Santa Monica Bay following a raw sewage spillover on Sunday. Related: Atlantic has 10 times the microplastics previously thought Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn has condemned the occurrence and says that she is still looking for answers from the officials at the sewer plant.

How Big a Difference Can Biodegradable Straws Make to the Environment?

Green Business Bureau

All materials do this, even plastics, which break down into what we call microplastics – i.e. plastic particles smaller than 5mm. Yet, given the environmental impact of plastic straws , they don’t make sense for the health of our planet either. Biodegradable Straws Reduce Microplastics at Sea and on Land. We call these microplastics – and they have reached some of the most remote parts of the world. Disposable plastics are posing serious problems for our planet.

Meejee sets sustainable goals for skincare with less plastic

AGreenLiving

The plastic crisis starts with petroleum-based products, is facilitated by consumer consumption and expands to pollution of the land and water. Plastic never completely goes away, and microplastics are now found in nearly every animal and plant on the planet. billion units of plastic packaging in 2017 alone and a majority of those units end up in landfills and our oceans, a problem polluting the Earth’s terrestrial and marine ecosystems.”

Sustainable Fashion: Identifying Fast Fashion Flaws and Extending the Life Cycle of Clothing

Green Business Bureau

In fact, fashion is the second largest polluting industry after fossil fuels. Countless cases of its damage to natural resources, pollutive waste and emissions, and unethical labor practices have fallen under the public eye over the years. The massive 2.5

Much too little, far too late: The UK must phase out single-use plastics before 2042

Business Green

Of the plastic waste we generate, at least eight million tons up in our ocean every year, and it is estimated that the seas now contain about 51 trillion microplastic particles - 500 times more than stars in our galaxy.

Ice rink alternatives and their environmental impact

AGreenLiving

Unfortunately, contemporary ice-making and maintenance technologies consume large amounts of energy and produce refrigerant gases that cause pollution , making them environmentally harmful. From there, they could find their way into waterways and oceans , polluting the environment.

On the Need for a Global Ban on the Production, Distribution, and Sale of Plastic Water Bottles

Unsustainable

words Brett Stadelmann Pollution caused by the manufacture, dispersal, and disposal of plastics is an issue which, directly or indirectly, affects every individual in the current age, and one which, even if every effort is made to correct it, will have an even greater effect on the next generation. No health benefits whatsoever have been shown, with the rare exception of avoiding an outbreak of E. Waste plastic pollution waste

What Is Toxic Fast Fashion and How Does It Impact the Environment?

Green Business Bureau

There is a significant amount of waste and pollution related to toxic fashion pre-production. Additionally, fabrics such as cotton and linen are highly water and labor intensive and require harmful pesticides which pose health risks to farmers and laborers. .

What Is Toxic Fast Fashion and How Does It Impact the Environment?

Green Business Bureau

There is a significant amount of waste and pollution related to toxic fashion pre-production. Additionally, fabrics such as cotton and linen are highly water and labor intensive and require harmful pesticides which pose health risks to farmers and laborers. .

Is Covid-19 being used to lobby against the single-use plastic crackdown?

Business Green

Group of academics, campaigners and politicians warn against delaying plastic pollution crackdowns in US and UK. Last year, the World Health Organisation also called for an urgent assessment of the health impacts of microplastic pollution , warning current data was "extremely limited".

Remote Work Software as Green Disruptive Technology

Green Business Bureau

Having employees working from home will lower your real estate and operational costs, increase worker productivity, and improve employee satisfaction while reducing pollution from commuting to work. Disruptive Software That Fights Climate Change.

Say No To Styrofoam: Eco-Friendly Take Out Boxes

Green Business Bureau

By making the shift from using harmful pollutants, to something environmentally friendly and recyclable, you are saying a lot about your business without having to say anything at all. This switch will show employees and consumers that you are up to date with knowledge of science, and care about their health as well as the surrounding environment. Small fish and organisms can mistake any sort of microplastics as food and ingest them causing illness or death.

Plastics: no longer a punch line

Martin LaMonica

But in 2018, the alarm over the plastic pollution crisis sounded louder than ever. At The Conversation, we took a broad view of plastic , working with scholars to explain not only the environmental and health effects but also its cultural contribution and the industries that handle plastic goods – and waste. But much of the plastic pollution in the oceans is microplastics – many times smaller than the width of a human hair.

Scientists warn we are now entering the plastic age

AGreenLiving

A recent study reports plastic pollution has deposited itself into our fossil record. Related: Babylegs — the inexpensive, educational way to monitor ocean plastic pollution “Our love of plastic is being left behind in our fossil record ,” said lead researcher Jennifer Brandon at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego. “We This could be worrisome as people consume at least 50,000 microplastic particles a year via food and water.

Aluminum cans vs plastic bottles: which is best for the environment?

AGreenLiving

By the 1960s, the first occurrence of plastic pollution in the oceans was recorded. Over 90% of the plastics found in the ocean is comprised of microplastics, which commonly end up ingested by aquatic animals, often killing them through choking or toxicity. This type of mining negatively affects ecosystems and creates air and water pollution , which can cause health issues for wildlife and humans.

Aquaculture becomes a net-positive

AGreenLiving

In more modern times, support for aquaculture has ebbed and flowed along with concerns about animal health and welfare, worries over the effluent pollution caused by wastewater discharges, and the unintended impacts of production infrastructure such as pipes and pumps on natural ecosystems. Aquaculture becomes a net-positive Heather Clancy Mon, 02/22/2021 – 00:15 This article originally appeared in the State of Green Business 2021. You can download the entire report here.

Why massive Saharan dust plumes are blowing into the US

Grist

The pandemic is still raging, the Arctic is burning up , and microplastics are polluting every corner of the Earth , but do try to take a deep breath. So what does that mean for respiratory health, especially with COVID-19 being a respiratory disease?

Fifty Shades of Greta

Green Market Oracle

Here is a brief introduction to 50 young activists that fighting for the health of our planet and our communities. He is also concerned about health problems in black communities due to poor air quality.

It’s Literally Raining Plastic

CleanTechnica

At any given time, 1,100 tons of microplastics are floating over the western United States, Wired reports. Air Quality Health Research Science microplastics nightmare plastic plastics Pollution

In Honolulu, An Ambitious Plastics Reduction Bill Is Moving Through City Council

CleanTechnica

Cleantech News Fossil Fuels Green Economy Health Media Policy & Politics Hawaii honolulu microplastics ocean pollution plastic waste zero-wasteBill 40, an ambitious plastics reduction bill, is moving swiftly through Honolulu City Council, with wide bi-partisan support. Local activist groups, concerned citizens and tourists are excited to move this bill forward. Learn more about the bill and why it's such an important opportunity for Oahu.