Kategorie: Plastik

Plastisphere Ep.5: Message from Midway


Chris Jordan has taken some of the most iconic pictures to shape our image of plastic pollution. He traveled to Midway Island on his quest to photograph the evasive „Great Pacific Garbage Patch“, which is really a soup of microplastics. There, he documented albatross chicks who had died with their guts full of plastic. His images went viral, but they also haunted him so much that he decided to return to the island. In this episode of the podcast, Chris tells Anja how working on his film „Albatross“ transformed him and his view on tackling plastic pollution.

Plastisphere Ep.4: Plastic vs. the Climate?


Plastic pollution might be the most visible environmental issue we face today. But there are other kinds of pollution, and they are far harder to see. One of the most dangerous is the huge amount of greenhouse gases that we emit into the atmosphere. In this episode, Anja explores the connections between plastic pollution and climate change.

Klimafaktor Plastik?

Plastik produziert auch Treibhausgase wie Methan und Ethylen, im Wasser und noch mehr an der Luft. Wie relevant ist das fürs Klima? Beitrag lesen Deutschlandfunk | Forschung aktuell | 31.10.2018 | 16:41 | 5 Min.

Woher kommt Mikroplastik?

Deutschlandfunk Kultur | Kakadu | 23.10.2018 | 1:30 Min

Plastisphere Ep.3: Waste picker economies


Anja calls up Dr. Jenna Jambeck and Amy Brooks from the University of Georgia on a research trip in Vietnam. In many Asian countries, a booming economy is coupled with more people using throw-away items. Informal recyclers and waste pickers who have traditionally sorted the waste cannot keep up. But, like millions of people around the world, they depend on waste as a resource for their livelihoods. How can the systems be reformed without leaving the people behind? To find out, Anja calls Dr. Sonia Maria Dias, a garbologist from Brazil.

Plastisphere Ep.2: Plastic, the size of a virus



This time on Plastisphere, Anja goes on a lab tour with Alexandra ter Halle from Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse. The chemist and her team were the first to detect nanoplastic in the open ocean – plastic so small that it is comparable in size to a virus. What do we know about these very tiny pieces, and how do researchers try to detect and understand them?

Reinigungsaktion im Pazifik

Ein sechshundert Meter langes Rohr, darunter hängt ein Vorhang – diese Konstruktion soll von San Francisco aus aufs offene Meer kommen. Dort soll sie als Plastikbarriere ihren Dienst aufnehmen. Der Erfolg des Projektes ist umstritten – und Kritiker befürchten sogar Beeinträchtigungen des Ökosystems. Beitrag lesen. Deutschlandfunk | Forschung aktuell | 7. September 2018 | 5 …

Plastisphere Ep.1: Welcome to the Plastisphere



In this introduction to the Plastisphere podcast, Anja takes the listener 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. She shares what she has learned about the issue of plastic pollution in the past years.

In Schleswig for Undark

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:

Projekt „The Ocean Cleanup“: Eine Röhre gegen den Müll im Ozean

Den Pazifik vom Plastikmüll befreien: Der Niederländer Boyan Slat und sein Team vom „Ocean-Cleanup“-Projekt haben ein ehrgeiziges Ziel. Der von ihnen konstruierte Müllerfänger wurde nun erstmals zu Wasser gelassen. Doch was kann das Gerät wirklich gegen riesige Müllwirbel ausrichten? Mein Kollegengespräch mit Arndt Reuning gibt es hier online nachzulesen. Deutschlandfunk | Forschung aktuell | 04.06.2018 …

Teilchenfänger: Ideen gegen Mikroplastik

Radio-Feature für die Sendung „Wissenschaft im Brennpunkt“ Von Anja Krieger und Christine Westerhaus Deutschlandfunk | 4.6.2017 | 16:30 | 27 Minuten Online-Version lesen

Ensia Best of Year

My long-read „What will it take to get plastics out of the oceans?“ featured in the „Ensia Best of Year“ print edition (online on Issuu)

Meereswaschmaschine in Not

Der junge Niederländer Boyan Slat hatte eine ambitionierte Idee: eine Art Meereswaschmaschine, die Müll von der Oberfläche des Nordpazifiks filtern soll. Nach vier Jahren Arbeit an der Vision wurde ein Prototyp in die Nordsee gesetzt. Doch nach zwei Monaten auf See musste die Konstruktion wieder an Land geholt werden. Beitrag lesen Deutschlandfunk | Forschung aktuell …

What will it take to get plastics out of the ocean?

From drones to filters to gigantic cleaning arrays, innovators are working to reduce the threat thousands of tons of trash pose to marine ecosystems. But how realistic are their plans, and how much of a difference will they be able to make? Read my article on Ensia An Earth Journalism Network Future Oceans Story, re-published …

Deep-Sea Microplastics

— Report translated from German — According to a recent study, 270,000 tons of plastic waste are floating in the world’s oceans. That sounds like a lot, but the annual production of plastic is over a thousand times higher. So scientists are starting to wonder: Has the inventory of plastic in the oceans just scratched …