Microplastics in fish has been rising since the 1950s

Just as in saltwater, dissected museum specimens reveal particles of plastic have been increasing in the ecosystem since the 1950s.
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Chemical Impact: Microplastic pollution more complex than we think, says new research

Microplastic pollution has been building up in the Great Lakes for at least four decades, but our understanding of its impact on fish and other aquatic creatures is only just catching up.


Marine microplastics are now invading the atmosphere, study finds

A new study has found that microplastics are being emitted into the atmosphere, mainly from roads, the ocean, and agricultural practices.


Your laundry sheds harmful microfibers. Here’s what you can do about it.

Synthetic fabrics shed millions of tons of microplastics into oceans each year, largely through laundry wastewater. Here are ways to reduce the pollution.

Why California’s first-in-world plan to monitor microplastics in drinking water matters

Every one of us, even unborn fetuses, are continually exposed to microplastics that have become such ubiquitous global environmental pollutants that they now contaminate the everyday air, food, and water we take in.


Shrinking sea meadows store more carbon than forests. Scientists are racing to track what’s left

Sea grasses play a large role in regulating ocean environments, storing more than twice as much carbon from planet-warming carbon dioxide per square mile as forests do on land.


Polluted coastlines: How a diver reinvented his career to clean up N.L.'s harbours

Shawn Bath switched his underwater focus after experiencing an epiphany about the state of Newfoundland and Labrador's shorelines. As Andie Bulman writes, his work is the subject of a new documentary.

250,000 reasons to do laundry less often

Fashion Revolution Week, April 19-25, looks to promote local fashion, sustainable alternatives to microfiber-laden "Fast Fashion."

How to stop discarded face masks from polluting the planet

Personal protective equipment is made of plastic and isn't recyclable. Now it’s being found everywhere on earth, including the oceans. The solution isn’t complicated: Throw them away.

Turkish study shows microplastics damage Black Sea habitat

Microplastics, tiny fragments ubiquitous in bodies of water the world over, remain a dire threat to the Black Sea in Turkey's north.


Microplastics in our air 'spiral the globe' in a cycle of pollution, study finds

Tiny bits of plastic from your packaging and soda bottles could be traveling in the atmosphere across entire continents, carried by winds, a new study found.

Masks aren’t only reason pandemic is adding to coastal trash

A new study documents COVID-19’s role in increasing plastic pollution on beaches and in the ocean.

California first to tackle microplastics in drinking water

Huge gaps exist in scientific knowledge, but California is about to set the world's first health guidelines for microplastics in drinking water. Yet no one agrees how to test water for the tiny bits of plastic, or how dangerous they are.


On Canada's East Coast, researchers look for plastic — and a new way to do science

Emerging research on microplastics suggests they can leak harmful chemicals into the environment. On the East Coast, one researcher is working to understand the impact of these tiny particles — and reckoning with science's colonial legacy at the same time.
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Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

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