Sharks contaminated with plastic are ‘cause for concern’

A new study in Scientific Reports investigated microplastic ingestion in four species of demersal sharks found in the North Atlantic Ocean.

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Microplastics have moved into virtually every crevice on Earth

A collection of new research provides more clues about where and how microplastics are spreading.

Research ranks Maldives highest among countries polluted by microplastic

The amount of microplastic pollution in waters around the Maldives is amongst the highest in the world, according to new research from Australia's Flinders University.

Common crustacean ‘can break down microplastics in days,’ alarming scientists

A species of small crustacean is able to break down microplastics into tiny particles in just a matter of days – much faster than previously estimated, scientists have said.

A billion more tons of plastic could blanket Earth by 2040

Even with immediate action, 710 million metric tons of plastic will enter the environment in the next two decades, scientists show. Welcome to Plastic Planet.

Opinion: We are all plastic people now, in ways we can’t see – and can no longer ignore

Our global plastics problem has been steadily growing for decades, polluting the planet in obvious ways. Less obvious are the microplastics that we eat and breathe, and the impacts they have on our health. I experimented on myself to find out more

Your car is spewing microplastics that blow around the world

When you drive, tiny bits of plastic fly off your tires and brakes. And all that road muck is blowing into “pristine" environments like the Arctic.


Microplastics are harming growth of Maine lobsters

A new study from a Maine marine research laboratory has found that microplastics in the sea can impact the growth of lobsters.

Research finds fishing gear a major source of ocean microplastics in Atlantic Canada

Researchers studying the quantity of microplastics in the ocean in Atlantic Canada say some of the major sources of the puny pieces of plastic come from fishing gear and single-use plastics.

Plastic-tracking yacht adds splash of environmentalism to ocean racing

When he sets sail alone for a gruelling round-the-world yacht race this year Fabrice Amedeo will have a scientific mission: collecting microplastics.

Janice Brahney: You’re probably inhaling microplastics right now

A new study found plentiful evidence of these tiny particles in dust in the nation’s most remote places.

Who's to blame for plastic microfiber pollution?

Tiny bits of plastic are corrupting every corner of the planet. The major culprits: cheap synthetic clothing and washing machines.
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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.

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.

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Organic diets quickly reduce the amount of glyphosate in people’s bodies

A new study found levels of the widespread herbicide and its breakdown products reduced, on average, more than 70 percent in both adults and children after just six days of eating organic.

Stranded whales and dolphins offer a snapshot of ocean contamination

"Many of the chemical profiles that we see in cetaceans are similar to the types of chemical profiles that we see in humans who live in those coastal areas."

Cutting forests and disturbing natural habitats increases our risk of wildlife diseases

A new study found that animals known to carry harmful diseases such as the novel coronavirus are more common in landscapes intensively used by people.

The President’s green comedy routine

A token, triumphal green moment for a president and party who just might need such a thing in an election year.

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An exclusive look at important research just over the horizon that promises to impact our health and the environment

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