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‘It’s like a death pit’: how Ghana became fast fashion’s dumping ground
Yvette Yaa Konadu Tetteh’s epic swim down the River Volta highlights the damage done to the country’s waterways by an out-of-control trade in secondhand clothes from the global north, and why it’s time for change

Sarah Johnson in Accra

05, Jun, 2023 @10:00 AM

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Scotland’s glass bottle deposit plan is being kicked down the road by warring politicians | Kat Jones
The environmentally sound scheme is being lost in a battle over who wields the real power after devolution, says Kat Jones, director of Action to Protect Rural Scotland

Kat Jones

02, Jun, 2023 @9:00 AM

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Stop dumping your cast-offs on us, Ghanaian clothes traders tell EU
With 100 tonnes of clothing from the west discarded every day in Accra, ‘fast fashion’ brands must be forced to help pay for the choking textile waste they create, environmentalists say

Isabel Choat

31, May, 2023 @12:12 PM

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Scottish ministers poised to back down in recycling row with Westminster
SNP government preparing to accept UK ministers’ demand to exclude glass from deposit return scheme

Severin Carrell Scotland editor

30, May, 2023 @4:08 PM

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Drax-owned wood pellet plant in US broke air pollution rules again
Amite BioEnergy, which was fined $2.5m in 2021, notified Mississippi facility had breached emission limits

Alex Lawson

29, May, 2023 @11:38 AM

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Friday briefing: Why recycling plastic may not be as good for the planet as we thought
In today’s newsletter: a new report finds that recycling plastic is not an adequate solution to the pollution crisis. What should we do instead?

Nimo Omer

26, May, 2023 @5:42 AM

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Toxins hidden in plastics are the industry’s dirty secret – recycling is not the answer | Charlotte Lloyd
We need to know more about what goes into plastics and better regulation of how recycled products are used, says environmental chemistry lecturer Dr Charlotte Lloyd

Charlotte Lloyd

25, May, 2023 @2:00 PM

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Recycled plastic can be more toxic and is no fix for pollution, Greenpeace warns
Campaign group says plastics are incompatible with circular economy as countries prepare for treaty talks

Damien Gayle

24, May, 2023 @4:01 AM

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Maine plans removal of PFAS from sewage sludge used as fertilizer
Toxic ‘forever chemicals’, concentrated in sludge, are extremely difficult to dispose of safely and also poison farmland

Tom Perkins

23, May, 2023 @7:00 PM

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Recycling can release huge quantities of microplastics, study finds
Scientists find high levels of microplastics in wastewater from unnamed UK plant – and in air surrounding facility

Karen McVeigh

23, May, 2023 @5:25 PM

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‘The impact we have is vast’: scientists look to clean up Antarctica
Waste disposed of in the ocean, abundant microplastics and wildlife exposed to oil – the ‘pristine’ continent of ice has a trash problem

John Bartlett in Villa Las Estrellas

20, May, 2023 @10:45 AM

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Universal ‘chasing arrows’ recycling symbol could be dumped in US
Biden officials consider whether symbol, created for first Earth Day in 1970, is misleading because of use on non-recyclable material

Oliver Milman

18, May, 2023 @4:01 PM

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