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Ben Mierement / National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

One more country is taking steps to cut back on single-use plastic bags. Japan is proposing some changes ahead of hosting an international gathering later this month.

Casey Harlow

Two House committees heard impassioned testimony yesterday from residents and local businesses on bills that would ban various plastic and polystyrene containers.

Tech. Sgt. Brian Ferguson / U.S. Air Force

When you hear stories about trade these days, they’re often focused on tariffs — and the ongoing dispute between the United States and China. But there’s another trade story in Asia that also has lingering implications.

Amila Tennakoon / Flickr

Plastic and oceans are a bad combination. It’s a growing problem not only here in Hawai‘i but around the Pacific. And an event this week in Indonesia is the latest reminder.

School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology / University of Hawaii at Manoa

It started with an accident in a laboratory more than four years ago. But the findings looked intriguing, and a new researcher at the University of Hawaii was compelled to explore the relationship between plastics and greenhouse gases. The findings were published recently and the study’s author explains the impacts.

U.S. Department of State / Flickr

Copyright Controversy, Hiroshima Peace Ceremony, Plastics & Greenhouse Gases, Portfolio Project

Darren.notley / Wikimedia Commons

Two of the largest grocery store chains in Australia are taking new steps to cut down on the amount of waste they produce. It’s the latest development in a series of moves aimed at curbing waste in Australia. HPR’S Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia Commons

A tiny, uninhabited island in the south Pacific is, according to scientists, “the most polluted, most remote island in the whole world.” More on Henderson Island from Neal Conan in today’s Pacific News Minute.

noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

This is the last weekend to enjoy a particularly splash making exhibit at Spalding House in Makiki.  “Plastic Fantastic?” features beautiful art made of or about plastic debris.  In addition, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports there’s progress on ways to deal with this ubiquitous, non-disposable substance. 

“Plastic Fantastic?” continues at the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Spalding House in Makiki through Sunday. 

Octrober 2, 2016.  

Algalita
Algalita

Researchers are tracking a growing problem in our oceans: plastic pollution. A crew of scientists has been studying the Great Pacific Garbage Patch…located one thousand miles north of Hawaii. They’re currently at sea on an expedition to find out more about it, how big it is, and what it’s doing to marine life. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.