Waste

How Cameras and AI Can Be Used to Build an Automatic Litter Detection System

How Cameras and AI Can Be Used to Build an Automatic Litter Detection System

It’s estimated about two million tonnes of plastics enter the oceans from rivers each year. But our waterways aren’t just conveyor belts transporting land waste to the oceans: they also capture and retain litter. Currently, the most common method for monitoring litter relies on humans conducting on-ground visual counts. This…

The Lie Behind Plastic Pollution Is That We’re Responsible

The Lie Behind Plastic Pollution Is That We’re Responsible

In the midst of a mounting plastic crisis, the biggest plastic polluters keep pushing better consumer recycling behaviours as the solution. The plastic waste problem is not going to be solved by doubling down on our efforts to educate the public to recycle better. It can be solved by policies…

How We Turned Seagulls Into Trash Birds

How We Turned Seagulls Into Trash Birds

For most of his life, British author and BBC radio producer Tim Dee has been a birdwatcher. But it’s not finches and sparrows that have captured his heart—it’s gulls, those large, squawking sea birds with a fondness for tossed-out French fries. While many of us think of gulls as little…