Study finds laundry lint causing damage to marine life

A new study draws attention to a lesser-known source of plastic waste that's found its way into our waterways: laundry lint.

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More than 14m tons of plastic believed to be at the bottom of the ocean

Thirty times more plastic is on the ocean floor than the surface, analysis suggests, but more is trapped on land than on sea.

We estimate up to 14 million tonnes of microplastics lie on the seafloor. It's worse than we thought

This is up to 35 times more than the estimated weight of plastic pollution on the ocean’s surface.

New experiments measure how much plastic is in our bodies

We know we’re ingesting plastic every day. But what happens to it is still a mystery. Scientists are now trying to figure out how much is staying in our organs, and what the long-term health effects might be.

After a storm, microplastics in Sydney's Cooks River increased 40 fold

To inner west Sydneysiders, the Cooks River is known to be particularly polluted. But after a storm, microplastic particles increased more than 40 fold.

Watch how much microplastic flows from our rivers into the ocean

This video shows the flow of plastics through 10 key rivers, with the largest amount of plastic found in China’s Yangtze River.
Plastic Pollution

These legless turtles are no mutants

Injured by fishing nets and other sea debris, a pilot project is creating prosthetic flippers for the endangered creatures.

You’ve been drinking microplastics, but don’t worry—yet

A new WHO report says drinking microplastic particles isn't yet a threat to human health. But we need way more research.

The ocean is teeming with microplastic

The ocean is a mess of microplastic — and it's trickling into humans' food systems.

Are washing machines to blame for Auckland's microplastic scourge?

Auckland's coastal environment has been found to be teeming with plastic particles.

These corals choose to eat plastic over food

Tiny plastic particles may also be a vehicle for microbes that sicken or even kill corals, a new study finds.
Plastic Pollution

Ragú pasta sauce pulled from shelves for possible plastic contamination

Popular pasta sauce brand Ragú has announced a recall due to possible plastic contamination in a few of its flavors. Does this impact you? Find out now.

You're likely inhaling 11 tiny bits of plastic per hour

A new study suggests that our lungs are under siege in our own homes.

Vermont now has nation’s broadest single-use plastics ban

Gov. Phil Scott signed a bill into law on Monday that bans single-use plastic bags and foam containers.
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My urban nature gem

Thanks to the Clean Water Act and one relentless activist, Georgia's South River may finally stop stinking.

Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

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