In the first episode, I take listeners on a journey back in time, from a remote plastic beach on the Big Island of Hawaii to the factory of a big chemical producer making bioplastics – to share what I’ve learned about the issue of plastic pollution in the past years.
The second episode is about a frontier in plastic pollution research: Nanoplastic is so small, it’s the size of a virus and hard to detect at all. But it has already been found in the open ocean. How could it affect us and the ecosystems we depend upon?
In episode 3, I am exploring the human dimension of our growing mountain of trash. In many developing countries, informal recyclers and waste pickers help take care of the waste and depend on it for their livelihoods. But they cannot keep up with the increase in waste. How can we tackle plastic pollution in a way that considers their well-being?
Schleswig is a small town in the North of Germany. This spring, a major plastic leak there sparked a debate in Germany: Can a circular economy include shredding food waste and packaging together? For Undark, I went to Schleswig to find out what had happened:
Researchers call for a change in evaluation to recognise the importance of reproducibility.
Bibliometric indicators that reward scientists for publishing frequently in high-ranked journals — but not for making their methods accessible — are a major cause of the reproducibility crisis, researchers agreed at the latest EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF).
At the Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) in Toulouse, I participated in a panel discussion with editors and fact-checkers from Undark and Der Spiegel. Thanks to the journalists, scientists and science communicators who attended and contributed to our discussion.
This winter, MIT physicist Allan Adams and underwater photographer Keith Ellenbogen teamed up to turn a coral reef into their classroom. It was an experience Sasha Chapman, one of their students, will never forget. „Sasha Chapman underwater“ weiterlesen
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