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APSIPA winner Micro PC tackles the scourge of plastic microbeads in water

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Micro PC was founded by two college students at Chung Yuan Christian University (中原大學) who developed a technology that cleans harmful substances from water, such as plastic mic...

Microbead researcher among 6 recipients of Heinz Awards

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A scientist who warned about the environmental threat of microbeads is one of six people being honored with $250,000 cash awards from the Pittsburgh-based Heinz Family Foundation. ...

Taiwan to ban personal care items with plastic microbeads from July

The production and import of personal care products containing plastic microbeads will be banned nationwide effective July 1, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said Tuesday. The ban...

Taking on 'microfiber' pollution, a laundry room at a time

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The fight to keep tiny pollutants from reaching the dinner plate might start in the laundry room. Innovators are coming up with tools to keep tiny pieces of th...

Amid a flood of plastic, big companies see opportunity

LONDON (AP) — Once a month, accountant Michael Byrne pulls on his rubber boots and makes his way to a spot on the banks of the River Thames. He carefully marks out a one-square meter...

EPA plans to restrict use of single-use plastic straws

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said it will include plastic straws as part of its measure to reduce plastic use. The EPA is calling on the public...

Taiwan to ban all cosmetics containing microbeads

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan is soon going to ban all cosmetic products that contain microbeads. Likely to take place from July 2018, this new initiative is a step ahead towards environmental p...

EPA to extend ban on free plastic bags from next year

Taiwan will prohibit more businesses from providing free plastic bags from Jan. 1 next year as part of government efforts to reduce waste and promote ocean conservation, the Cabinet-level Environmenta...

Michigan members of Congress vow to get Soo Locks funding

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — Members of Michigan's congressional delegation vowed Thursday to secure long-sought funding to build a second large lock at Sault Ste. Marie, warning that a prolonged shu...

Yoga pants, cozy clothes may be key source of sea pollution

KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — Comfortable clothes are emerging as a source of plastic that's increasingly ending up in the oceans and potentially contaminating seafood, according to Gulf Coast researchers la...