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Baby orangutanProtecting biodiversity in palm oil

News that chocolate, bread and dried fruit all share a common ingredient with household detergents and cosmetics might sound both unlikely and unappetising. However, palm oil is used in each of these and many more everyday products.

13 November 2018

The plastics journey: Where are we now? Diagram of Earth's oceans filled with plastic

While plastics have many benefits, plastic waste is a serious form of pollution, particularly in our oceans. Here we take a look at the history of plastics and where we are now.

8 Nov 2018

From "trivial issue" to primetime TV: A researcher's journey through plastic Plastic littering a beach

It is a rare TV programme that has the instant impact of David Attenborough's Blue Planet II.

8 Nov 2018

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