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Biodegradable Plastics: Too Good to Be True?

Biodegradable Plastics: Too Good to Be True?

Products advertised as “green” aren't always what they appear to be. New research from Ohio State University adds supposedly biodegradable plastics to that list.

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Producer's Notes: QUEST Lab – Properties of Plastic

Producer's Notes: QUEST Lab – Properties of Plastic

I know cola isn’t good for me, but now I’m thinking the plastic bottle is even worse.

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Coastal Cleanup Day

Coastal Cleanup Day

Plastic bottles, aluminum cans, plastic knives and forks, tangled fishing line, plastic bags, food wrappers, cigarette butts… all this and more will be collected from California’s beaches this coming Saturday, September 25, on Coastal Cleanup Day.

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Producer's Notes: The Plastic Breakdown

Producer's Notes: The Plastic Breakdown

Life was easier back before I produced this piece. Now everywhere I look and everything I touch seems to be made of plastic.

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Reporter's notes: Playing with Lead – Part 1

Reporter's notes: Playing with Lead – Part 1

Suddenly, parents, including me, eyed the toys in our homes and on store shelves with suspicion. Extensive research links lead exposure in children to lower IQ scores, neurological and behavioral problems, even anemia.

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Reporter's Notes: Sea of Plastic

Reporter's Notes: Sea of Plastic

It's hard to imagine the scope and breadth of the Great Garbage Patch that lies in the North Pacific Gyre in the Pacific Ocean between the West Coast and Hawaii. It's estimated to be about double the size of Texas.

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Plastic not Fantastic

Plastic not Fantastic

Humans produce 500 billion plastic bags annually. In China, they recently banned it. Australia, Bangladesh, Ireland, Italy, South Africa,Taiwan, Mumbai and India have either banned it or discouraged its use by raising taxes. And on March 27, 2007, San Francisco became the first city in the USA to ban it from large grocery stores. More […]

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Turning Plastic Bags into Beautiful Bolsas

Turning Plastic Bags into Beautiful Bolsas

And how this metamorphosis saves Monkeys! Colombia: a beautiful country, with incredible forests and diverse wildlife, but like many other countries, a trash problem. With no formal trash collection system, the forests and villages suffer from scattered plastic bags, endangering wildlife and creating a mess on village streets. One such village was Los Limites, until […]

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Future History: Plastic Water Bottles – take our poll

Future History: Plastic Water Bottles – take our poll

What does our use of bottled water say about us? View our 2-minute TV short "Future History: Plastic Water Bottles" to take a look from the perspective of an anthropologist from the distant future, and the take our poll below: "Do you plan to change your bottled water habits?" ( polls) Josh Rosen is Series […]

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