Sustainability
New WWF Report Shines a Light on Getting Rid of Ghost Gear

New WWF Report Shines a Light on Getting Rid of Ghost Gear

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) issued a new report yesterday illuminating the devastating impact of derelict or abandoned fishing gear in the ocean (aka “ghost gear”), and the numbers are terrifying — between 500,000 and 1,000,000 tons of ghost gear wind up in the ocean EACH YEAR!

Why This Matters:  While fishing gear that is in use is a threat to marine life like whales, abandoned fishing gear is just a tragedy waiting to happen and completely needless — eliminating it is totally within our control.

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The Call for a Global Treaty to Address Plastic Waste Grows Stronger

The Call for a Global Treaty to Address Plastic Waste Grows Stronger

As nations across the world work to address the plastic pollution crisis–especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic–Canada made a big step in its effort to control needless plastic waste. As CNN reported, “The country plans to ban single-use plastics — checkout bags, straws, stir sticks, six-pack rings, cutlery and even foodware made from […]

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COVID-19 Brings Clothes Recycling to a Halt

COVID-19 Brings Clothes Recycling to a Halt

The second-hand clothes trade ensures that abandoned clothes don’t pile up in landfills, and at the same time, makes it possible for the fashion industry to introduce new designs for each new season. However, Reuters reports that this system has slowed to a stop as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why this matters:  The fashion industry is the second-biggest consumer of water and is responsible for up to 10% of global carbon emissions.

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Watch This: Sir David Attenborough’s New Documentary and Insta Debut click button

Watch This: Sir David Attenborough’s New Documentary and Insta Debut

By Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer This week, Sir David Attenborough put on a full-court press for biodiversity — he joined Instagram and he “called for a $500 billion per year global investment in nature,” as Kaelan Deese reported for The Hill. According to Deese, this exhortation for conservation “came during a one-day summit by […]

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US Lags in List of Most Sustainable Countries

US Lags in List of Most Sustainable Countries

Yale just published its annual 2020 Environmental Performance Index, ranking 180 countries from most to least sustainable, on metrics based on ecosystem health and environmental factors like water and air quality and waste management.

Why this Matters: This relatively bad ranking demonstrates the US’ growing environmental issues.

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New Super Enzyme Breaks Down PET Plastic Super Fast

New Super Enzyme Breaks Down PET Plastic Super Fast

By Razi Beresin-Scher, ODP Contributing Writer According to a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers have engineered a new “super enzyme” that breaks down recycled plastic 6-times faster than previously possible, CNN and The New York Times reported.  The super-enzyme is designed to break down polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which […]

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