News - Oceanic Plastic Pollution

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John Virdin spoke with the Italian newspaper il Bollettino about the impacts of the blue acceleration and ways to improve ocean sustainability.

Researchers from the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm Environment Institute, and Duke University's Nicholas Institute scanned more than 2,300 corporate reports from the world’s 200 largest companies over a 10-year period to see whether their attention to plastic pollution has changed over the years.

A multimedia story for the Ocean Innovation Challenge's website highlights how the Nicholas Institute's Plastics Policy Inventory provides a digital repository of resources and innovative solutions to aid government and non-government entities in their responses to plastic waste.

Three local governments in Virginia voted to adopt a 5-cent plastic bag tax for grocery, convenience, and drug stores. Rachel Karasik talked to The Wash about potential equity issues with such taxes and the effectiveness of plastic bag policies.

On World Oceans Day, the United Nations Development Programme hosted “A Conversation with the 2020 UNDP Ocean Innovators” that highlighted a suite of inspirational ocean protection and restoration projects UNDP is supporting through the Ocean Innovation Challenge. The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University was among those highlighted for its Plastics Pollution Policy Inventory

In an editorial on a new tax instituted by Roanoke, VA, on single-use plastic bags, the Richmond Times-Dispatch cited a 2020 analysis by the Nicholas Institute that sought to chronicle the past 20 years of government responses to lessen levels of plastic pollution.

The Nicholas Institute was among the nine winners of the United Nations Development Programme's 2020 Ocean Innovation Challenge for its Plastics Pollution Policy Inventory.

The Bass Connections program offers Duke students of all schools and levels an opportunity to collaborate on research addressing nuanced societal challenges. Guided by Duke faculty, students gain experience applying knowledge, research, and skills in interdisciplinary projects. Most project teams collaborate with partners outside Duke, including companies and government agencies.

Duke University researchers have created a new online resource designed to help local governments, conservation groups, businesses and other stakeholders identify the best technologies to clean up plastic pollution in our oceans or prevent it from getting there in the first place.

Duke researchers set out to determine how governments around the world are responding to oceanic plastic pollution. Their search led them to compile and analyze an inventory of nearly 300 policies instituted between 2000 and mid-2019 to address the issue.