Plastics are messing with fish physiology

A systematic review exposes the dangers of tiny plastics and the hidden bias at the heart of plastic research.

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Why bioplastics will not solve the world's plastics problem

The idea that bottles and packaging made of plant-based material can simply be discarded and then break down and disappear is false – recycling and reuse are the only strategies that can work.


Kauai artists collaborate with nature for marine debris projects

Ghost nets and plastic fragments are becoming collectibles as artists turn the trash into works of art.

What have we done to the whale?

The creatures once symbolized our efforts to save the planet; now they demonstrate all the ways we have devastated it.

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.


Can ocean plastic cleaning projects actually clean all the ocean plastic?

A new study finds that the volume of plastic flowing into the ocean will overwhelm any cleaning efforts. If we want to clean up ocean plastic, we need to start at the source.

Feature: Greek fishermen trained to fish plastic to protect fish

A Greek organization is training local fishermen to collect plastic waste from the sea to protect the decreasing fish stocks in the Mediterranean.

COVID-19: Environmentalists call for return to reusable cups and bags

Surfrider Foundation Canada says the push to rid the oceans of harmful plastics has suffered a major setback because of the pandemic.

EPA finds plastic trash contaminates 2 remote Hawaii beaches

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is designating the waters of two remote beaches in Hawaii as being contaminated by trash.

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.

Ocean trash keeps rising. This ship sails to clean it up.

The United Nations has warned that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the sea. One woman has made it her mission to reverse that trend.

Why climate investors may be missing out on a huge investment opportunity to reduce carbon

Plastic waste and climate change go together. In fact, the mismanagement of plastic waste is a serious contributor to climate change and a significant - but often overlooked - investment opportunity for climate investors.

Afdhel Aziz: How the ocean cleanup plans to work with brands to solve the problem of plastic

We need to both 'close the tap' of plastic flowing from rivers into oceans and at the same time remove the legacy plastic that presently exists in our oceans.

Ocean optimism: Study says we can restore marine health

The biggest challenge in reinstating global ocean health is mitigating the effects of climate change, the authors say.

Abu Dhabi to phase out disposable plastics

A far-reaching policy, including a ban on plastic bags within two years and a bottle-return scheme to encourage recycling, was announced to protect environment

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Our plastic planet

While climate change remains environmental issue #1, the worries over plastic in our water, soil, food, and bodies continue to grow.

Disinfection dangers: How to avoid viruses without exposing yourself to toxics

COVID-19 has all of us cleaning more—but the products designed to kill viruses and bacteria can have dangerous health impacts. Here's how to scrub safely.

Building a library of American environmental classics (Part Two)

More recommendations for your home eco-library.

Microplastics in farm soils: A growing concern

Researchers say that more microplastics pollution is getting into farm soil than oceans—and these tiny bits are showing up in our fruits, veggies, and bodies.

Cutting edge of science

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

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