Researchers at RIT to study pollution of microplastics on Lake Ontario

Plastic debris has been accumulating in bodies of water around the world for decades, impacting wildlife, commerce, and the entire ecosystem. As part of a newly-funded research effort, a team of Rochester Institute of Technology researchers will study how microplastics are affecting Lake Ontario.

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Research: 'Substantial quantities' of microplastics from tyres contaminating rivers and oceans

Vehicle tyres have been confirmed as a leading source of microplastic pollution in the ocean and rivers, according to scientists.


That fresh sea breeze you breathe may be laced with microplastic

Researchers have discovered that the ocean is burping tiny plastic particles, which then blow onto land—and potentially into your lungs.
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Microplastics discovered blowing ashore in sea breezes

Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of mismanaged waste could be blowing ashore on the ocean breeze every year, according to scientists who have discovered microplastics in sea spray.


This bizarre insect is building shelters out of microplastic

Caddis fly larvae typically construct protective cases out of sand grains and silk. Now they're also using microplastic particles.

Scientists find plastic hotspots in the deep ocean

Scientists have discovered microplastic hotspots on the ocean floor, formed by deep-sea currents that act as conveyor belts moving tiny plastic fragments around.


In ocean biodiversity hotspots, microplastics come with the currents

The most common microplastic found in the ocean is microfibers from textiles, which enters the ocean through domestic and industrial waste water.


Satellite imagery is helping to detect plastic pollution in the ocean

A new study illustrates how optical satellite imagery from the European Space Agency can be used to identify aggregates of floating plastic, such as bottles, bags and fishing nets, in coastal waters.

Plastic Pollution

What's gone wrong with plastic recycling

Consumer Reports explains what has gone wrong with plastic recycling. Of all the plastic ever produced (more than 10 billion tons of it) less than 10 percent has been recycled.

Eat less plastic

We all consume thousands of microplastic particles in food, water, and air, and plastic use can expose us to harmful chemicals. Consumer Reports explains how to eat less plastic and try to reduce your risk.

'Microplastic hot spots' are tainting deep-sea ecosystems

Scientists found 2 million microplastic particles in a square meter of sediment, as currents drag debris into seafloor versions of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Plastic Pollution

We’re making garbage patches on the ocean floor, too

Much like weather on land, ocean currents are a morass of complex, interconnected systems, affected by local physical features. This makes it difficult to understand where plastics might end up.


Microplastics found for first time in Antarctic ice where krill source food

Researchers at University of Tasmania find 14 different kinds of plastic smaller than 5mm in an ice core from 2009.


Environmental toxicologist wants to understand how microplastics affect human health

Stephanie Wright of King's College London discusses what's known about microplastics and how much more there is to learn.


Now more than ever it seems we can’t live without plastic. Can we learn to live with it?

Companies and governments are working to minimize environmental harm of plastic packaging and products, but they face a nuanced reality.

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