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Plastic Eating Enzyme Could Help Reduce World Pollution

An enzyme variant created by engineers and scientists at The University of Texas at Austin can break down plastic that typically takes centuries to degrade in just a matter of hours to days. This discovery, published in Nature, could help...

Whale Dies in Rhodes, Greece With 15kg of Plastic in its Stomach

A beaked whale that washed up and was found dead on a beach in Rhodes, Greece on Monday died because of 15kg of plastic in its stomach, a necropsy revealed on Wednesday. Fishing nets, rope, packing straps, bags, and plastic...

The Ocean Will Soon Have More Plastic Than Fish

The United Kingdom's Environmental Investigations Agency (EIA) says that plastic will outweigh fish in the planet's oceans by 2050. The EIA released an environmental report on Tuesday that calls for a treaty to fight the rapid growth in plastic pollution...

Scientists Create Eco-friendly Plastic from Salmon Sperm

Chinese scientists announced on Wednesday that they have created a biodegradable form of plastic using salmon sperm. The team isolated two strands of DNA from the fishes' sperm and synthesized it with a chemical found in vegetable oil that was...

28,000 Tons of Covid-19 Plastic Waste Now in World’s Oceans

A gigantic quantity of Covid-19 plastic waste, amounting to an astounding 28,000 tons of trash, has been dumped into the world's oceans since the beginning of the pandemic, according to a recent study. Masks, gloves, and other waste that has...

Greece Bans Plastic in Public Sector

Greece will ban plastic in the public sector as of February 1, Natural Environment and Waters Secretary Constantine Aravossis announced.

Greek Climate Activist Named Europe’s "Young Champion of the Earth" by UN

Lefteris Arapakis, a 26-year old Greek climate activist and entrepreneur, was named "Young Champion of the Earth" for Europe by the United Nations on December 11. A graduate of the Athens University of Economics and Business, in 2017 Arapakis co-founded...

Scientists Use Satellites to Detect Plastic in the Greek Seas

Scientists from Greece and the UK developed a new technique to detect patches of floating plastic in the marine environment using satellites. Writing in the journal Scientific Reports, the scientists say that the new method to prevent and reverse sea...

Volunteers Collect More Than 13 Tons of Garbage from Greek Beaches

Over thirteen tons of garbage were collected from Greek beaches and the seabed in 145 separate cleaning operations between September and October 2019, the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association (HELMEPA) announced on Thursday. The detritus was collected by a total of...

Greece Vows to Wage War Against Plastic Pollution

The Greek government announced a campaign on Wednesday to tackle pollution from plastics, and promised to completely ban single-use plastics by June of 2021. "Thirty-nine tons of plastic waste end up in the sea in Greece (every day) and a...