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Weather stops plastic waste car reaching South Pole

[ad_1] A car made from waste plastic has been forced to abort its mission to the South Pole because of bad weather.Solar Voyager was set to be the first solar-powered expedition to reach Antarctica.But despite it being Antarctica’s summer, unexpected heavy snow has meant progress has been slow, and now the team have had to turn around.The team from Holland say they’ve still achieved their main mission: to prove plastic
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Dead sperm whale found in Indonesia had ingested ‘6kg of plastic’

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Items found inside the whale included drinking cups, plastic bottles, plastic bags and flip-flops A dead sperm whale that washed ashore in a national park in Indonesia had nearly 6kg (13 lbs) of plastic waste in its stomach, park officials say.Items found included 115 drinking cups, four plastic bottles, 25 plastic bags and two flip-flops.The carcass of the 9.5m (31ft) mammal was found in
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Anti-plastic focus ‘dangerous distraction’ from climate change

[ad_1] Image copyright Riverford Organic Farmers Image caption Guy Singh-Watson's company supplies organic vegetables to tens of thousands of homes each week. The anti-plastic "fervour" sweeping across the UK is weakening the fight against climate change, the founder of an organic food company has said.Guy Singh-Watson, a prominent green entrepreneur and campaigner, said more focus should be put on cutting carbon. PM Theresa May has pledged to ban all avoidable
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All the plastic you can and cannot recycle

[ad_1] Most people are trying their best to recycle plastic - but the many different ways in which recycling is collected by different councils across the UK has left them confused. What can be recycled and what can't? We are putting more plastic in the recycling than ever before - but pictures of sea life tangled in all manner of waste plastic mean the pressure is on to do more.
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Plastic bags: Charge set to rise to 10p and be extended to all shops

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Sainsbury's is one of the major supermarkets no longer offering single-use plastic bags The plastic bag fee could be rising to 10p - with all shops in England having to charge.Since October 2015, customers have had to pay at least 5p for each single-use bag, with all retailers employing more than 250 people made to take part in the scheme.But now it might be
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Anger after plastic glitter fired into Cornwall harbour

[ad_1] Image copyright Cornish Plastic Pollution Coalition Image caption Strands of the glitter were found floating in the harbour and in drains after the event Plastic glitter confetti was fired by a cannon on the quay of a seaside town, sparking concern from campaigners.Strands of the glitter were found floating in the harbour and in drains after an event in Fowey, Cornwall, on Thursday.It was fired during a performance by