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From renewables to Netflix: the 15 super-trends that defined the 2010s

It was the decade of austerity, fracking, populism and internet lies. But not everything about the 2010s was terrible The plastics backlash Garbage, including plastic waste, is seen at the beach in Costa del Este, Panama City. Photograph: Luis Acosta/AFP via Getty Images It was once the height of metropolitan chic: the dash into Starbucks for a skinny decaf caramel latte en route for work, the takeaway cup a mark of upward mobility. Those were the days of Sex and the City, when the culture of doing everything on the…

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Malawi reinstates ban on plastic bags as campaigners hail ‘fantastic victory’

Judges overturn injunction won by plastic manufacturers after thin plastic bags were outlawed Malawis highest court has imposed a ban on plastic bags, a huge milestone for the government and environmental charities who beat off challenges from some of the countrys big manufacturers. The government imposed the ban on thin plastic bags Tanzania, Rwanda are among the others. Sangwani Mwafulirwa, a spokesperson for the department of environmental affairs, said the government was very relieved the verdict had gone in its favour. We have for over two years struggling to have…

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414 million pieces of plastic found on remote island group in Indian Ocean

Debris on Cocos (Keeling) Islands was mostly bottles, cutlery, bags and straws, but also included 977,000 shoes, study says On the beaches of the tiny Cocos (Keeling) Islands, population 600, marine scientists found 977,000 shoes and 373,000 toothbrushes. A comprehensive survey of debris on the islands among the most remote places on Earth, in the Indian Ocean has found a staggering amount of rubbish washed ashore. This included 414m pieces of plastic, weighing 238 tonnes. The study, the remote Henderson Island in the eastern South Pacific was among the places…

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Plastic fibres found in tap water around the world, study reveals

Exclusive: Tests show billions of people globally are drinking water contaminated by plastic particles, with 83% of samples found to be polluted Microplastic contamination has been found in tap water in countries around the world, leading to calls from scientists for urgent research on the implications for health. Scores of tap water samples from more than a dozen nations were analysed by scientists for an microplastic contamination in the global environment. Previous work has been largely focused on plastic pollution in the oceans, which suggests people are eating microplastics via…

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