Dumped Fishing Gear Is Biggest Plastic Polluter in Ocean, Finds Report

Lost and abandoned fishing gear which is deadly to marine life makes up the majority of large plastic pollution in the oceans, according to a report by Greenpeace. More than 640,000 tonnes of nets, lines, pots and traps used in commercial fishing are dumped and discarded in the sea every …

Plastic Alternatives May Worsen Marine Pollution, MPs Warn

Compostable and biodegradable plastics could add to marine pollution because there is no infrastructure in place to make sure they break down correctly, a committee of MPs has warned. The use of alternatives to plastic are being adopted by many food and drink companies, takeaway coffee venues, cafes and retailers. …

Japan Killed 50 Whales in Antarctic Protected Area, Data Shows

Japanese whalers have killed more than 50 minke whales in an Antarctic marine protection area this year, WWF has revealed. The disclosure comes on the opening day of the International Whaling Commission’s annual meeting in Brazil, which Japan is chairing as it seeks to restart commercial whaling. Killing whales for …

McDonald’s to Switch to Paper Straws in UK after Customer Campaign

McDonald’s will end the use of plastic straws in its British restaurants next year, after nearly half a million people called on the company to ditch them. The decision by the US fast-food chain to switch from plastic to paper straws follows a trial at a number of outlets in …