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A marine biologist pulls out plastic found inside the whale | @AssaadRazzouk| Twitter

Banning single-use plastic is just not enough as another whale dies of plastic consumption

Whales and other sea creatures are tricked into eating plastics. And what’s worse, they actually cause the animal to starve without realising it’s hungry.

These plastic-eating fungi may be the answer to our garbage epidemic

Last year, a team of scientists from Pakistan and China stumbled upon a species of fungus that colonised the surface of plastic, causing it to chip away.
Kurkure

Delhi HC does not find Kurkure ‘plastic’ jokes funny, orders social media giants to erase them

PepsiCo filed a Rs 2 crore defamation suit against Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
Plastic pollution near sea

Over 60% of the plastic in our oceans came from eight Asian nations

The vast majority of Asia's newly minted consumer classes lack access to garbage collection, modern landfills and incineration.

India will abolish all single-use plastic by 2022, vows PM Narendra Modi

Modi's plan is by far the most ambitious compared to other nations that have promised to tackle plastic pollution.
Devendra Fadnavis

After Devendra Fadnavis’s viral gaffe, appeal to PM Modi for ban on plastic

On World Environment Day, CM Fadnavis, Maharashtra environment minister and others featured in a viral photo, unwittingly starting a debate on plastic.
Of the 9 million tonnes of plastic waste generated per year, only 60% is being recycled.

Jute can be India’s answer to the plastic problem

The need of the hour is to put serious efforts to revive the jute industry and make jute products feasible alternative to plastics for the common man.
Cubes of sorted compressed plastic bottles, Istanbul | Chris McGrath/Getty Images

You may be breathing in a lot of microplastics, even at home

Out of the 300 million tonnes of plastic produced, only 9% is recycled; the remaining 91% enters the air, land and water and parts end up in our lungs.

On Camera

File photo of Smriti Irani | Facebook

Smriti Irani’s makeover: From being most disliked Modi minister to dynasty slayer in Amethi

After causing the biggest upset in 2019 elections, Smriti Irani has ensured she can no longer be ignored by PM Modi and Amit Shah.
elections

Does Congress have a future in India after 2019 Lok Sabha election results?

The Congress party faced a crushing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Narendra Modi-led BJP.

Defence

Ministry of Defence building

On new govt’s defence agenda — 4 key projects to boost India’s military prowess

Indian Air Force and Indian Navy are in dire need of fighter jets, helicopters and submarines, and the new government has to ensure that they get them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.