Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom have been able to stem the tide of plastic at home, found a study by a UK-based packaging retailer. But have their waste exports to developing countries skewed the picture?
A surge in carbon emissions and failure to comply with hazardous waste policies are hindering Asia's progress towards the sustainable development goals. The degradation of its environmental resources is 'alarming', says the UN.
Liz Hollaway and Jenna Jambeck
and Ellie Moss and Brajesh Dubey –
Tackling the causes ocean pollution can have compounding effects. These seven solutions detail how to reduce plastic waste and other ocean pollution.
Trista Bridges –
As countries scramble to procure personal protective equipment, another quickly accelerating problem sits on the back end: the disturbingly massive amount of medical waste of all types that must be disposed of.
One tonne of e-waste contains more gold than 17 tonnes of ore, making it a rich alternative to traditional mining. Recycling precious metals and minerals from used electronics can help make today's consumption patterns more environmentally sustainable.
Each year after Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, air quality in India's capital city plummets. However, experts say the air in Delhi is bad the rest of the year, and fares poorly compared to other cities of its size.
The circular economy promises many benefits, not least reducing the carbon footprint of various major industries such as food, energy, waste and water. However, it is no silver bullet for sustainability, writes WRI's Kevin Moss.
Medilyn Manibo –
More than 3 million have watched Sofia Ashraf’s 'Kodaikanal Won't' - based on American singer Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' - which calls for Unilever to clean up a mercury-contaminated factory in India.