Sunlight can break plastic down into chemicals that dissolve in water

Researchers previously thought that sunlight would only ever break down plastics in the sea into microplastics – which then persist in the environment forever. But analysis of real-world bags produced by retailers showed that the effect of sunlight is often very different.

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Goa's Sal River contaminated by microplastics; fish, shellfish laced with polymers

Water, sediments and biota in the Sal river—a major water body in South Goa—are contaminated with microplastics, the most common being black MPs which are caused by the abrasion of motor vehicle tyres on road surfaces, a study has revealed.


How to fight microplastic pollution with magnets

Huge amounts of plastic ends up rivers and oceans every year, harming the environment and potentially also human health. But what if we could pull it out of water with magnets?

Ocean plastic pollution

Plastic pollution: we all know it's a problem. In 2015, we produced almost 450 million tons of plastic, with that number expected to double by 2050.

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WATCH: Microplastics pollution taking over the Great Lakes

Eric Freedman, journalist and professor at Michigan State University, talks about the disturbing trend of microplastics infiltrating Lake Michigan and the detrimental health effects they can pose.

Microplastic air pollution study continues during pandemic

Researchers are among those who have had their work impacted by the shutdowns and pandemic-related regulations. At LSU, the journey to understand the microscopic world of plastics had to adjust.

NC Coastal Federation, partners talk combatting microplastic pollution

Plastic pollution is a widespread problem throughout the world's oceans and waterways, and environmentalists encourage people, businesses and governments to all take action.

Microplastics reach Lut desert

Microplastics found in the soil come from plastic waste, plastic-based mulch, the use of sewage sludge as fertilizer, river floods, road runoff, irrigation water, and atmospheric sediment.

The ocean is full of tiny plastic particles – we found a way to track them with satellites

New research suggests that an effective way to locate and track large concentrations of microplastics in the ocean could be from high in the sky.

Is there space in sustainable fashion for synthetic fabrics?

A new report criticises fashion’s heavy use of plastic in its clothing, in the form of synthetic fibres. Some brands say they’re unavoidable.

Research finds microplastics spread across whole Bay of Plenty moana

Researchers unable to find even one Bay of Plenty location without microplastics present.

5 things to know about the EU single-use plastics ban

The plastic food containers, coffee cups and cutlery that came with all that take-away during lockdown are now off the table as the EU gives single-use plastics the bin.
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Pennsylvania vows to regulate PFAS in drinking water—again—but regulations are at least two years away

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