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News - Oceanic Plastic Pollution

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72% of Earth’s largest companies have pledged to reduce their plastic waste. A new study surveys what they’re doing (or not) to fulfill those promises.

While other states have also put forward proposals to get plastic pollution under control, Rachel Karasik told Grist that few are as comprehensive as two bills introduced in the New York state assembly this month.

The recently merged Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and Duke University Energy Initiative benefited from the work of 55 dedicated student assistants during the 2021–2022 academic year.

The interdisciplinary crew of student assistants hailed from undergraduate and graduate degree programs across seven Duke schools. They brought diverse skillsets and perspectives to their roles, further developing their expertise by working on real-world projects advancing environmental progress.

Rachel Karasik spoke to Coastal Review about a new annual brief from the Nicholas Institute that suggests the introduction of policies to reduce plastic pollution slowed in 2020 with the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The study is the first in what researchers hope will be an annual series tracking global “trends and gaps” in government responses to plastic pollution, reported The Hill.

A new Nicholas Institute analysis suggests efforts to address plastic pollution have slowed worldwide during the COVID-19 pandemic. That time period has also seen a documented rise in medical waste and single-use and disposable plastics for personal protective equipment and packaging.

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.