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Enzyme which can digest most commonly polluting plastics discovered

Brendan Montague
| 17th April 2018
The success of Blue Planet II has transformed Britain into a country were millions of people are extremely concerned about the impact plastics are having on our marine and local environments. Scientists have now announced that they have discovered an enzyme that can break down this waste so it can be more easily recycled, writes BRENDAN MONTAGUE

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Daisy Dumas
| 7th February 2008
Plastic rubbish gets tossed away in far-off places that we rarely get to see. Daisy Dumas assesses its impact on the world's largest floating landfill.

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'Frisco votes to ban the bag

29th March 2007
The local council in San Francisco, California, has set a precedent by becoming the first US city to vote to ban large supermarkets from handing out plastic bags, Reuters has reported.

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Reusable nappies

Matilda Lee
| 1st February 2005
Do you want the best for your baby, but don’t want to harm the environment? Then use reusable nappies. Contrary to popular belief, modern reusables are cheaper and more hygienic than disposables, and you won't have to spend hours cleaning them.

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Are you too well behaved

Diane Wilson
| 1st October 2004
The US authorities have allowed Formosa Plastics and other chemicals corporations to poison the waterways of the Texas Gulf Coast for decades. When local shrimp-boat operator Diane Wilson found out what was going on she single-handedly set about forcing Formosa to clean up its act.

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Like Flowers Breaking through the Cement

Holly Wren
| 1st April 2003
Many people dismiss environmentalism as a middle-class luxury that few can afford. But in Mexico City a group of impoverished street punks are pioneering radical social alternatives because their survival depends on it. Holly Wren reports.

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