First evidence of microplastics in Antarctic snow

Most people see Antarctica as a pristine, relatively untouched place, but a new study published today has revealed the presence of microplastics – plastic pieces…Continue readingFirst evidence of microplastics in Antarctic snow

Global plastic use and waste on track to triple by 2060

A world severely blighted by plastic pollution is on track to see the use of plastics nearly triple in less than four decades. Even with…Continue readingGlobal plastic use and waste on track to triple by 2060

How microplastics in the air are polluting the most remote places on Earth

Microplastics are being transported to some of the most remote places on Earth by the wind, according to new research involving the University of East…Continue readingHow microplastics in the air are polluting the most remote places on Earth

Where your recycling actually goes

Just 9% of all plastic waste ever created has been recycled. Last year, the U.S. exported 74,000 shipping containers of plastic waste to low-income countries.…Continue readingWhere your recycling actually goes

Dead rivers, polluted oceans: Industry adds to world’s mounting water crisis

Half of all river basins across the world are now “severely affected” by water diversion projects, which can exacerbate drought conditions and lead to human…Continue readingDead rivers, polluted oceans: Industry adds to world’s mounting water crisis

The global ‘plastic flood’ reaches the Arctic

Large quantities of plastic—transported by rivers, the air and shipping–can now be found in the Arctic Ocean. High concentrations of microplastic can be found in…Continue readingThe global ‘plastic flood’ reaches the Arctic

‘Oil spills of our time’: experts sound alarm about plastic lost in cargo ship disasters

Container ship accidents at sea should be considered the “oil spills of our time”, warned environmental organisations that found a toxic mix of metals, carcinogenic…Continue reading‘Oil spills of our time’: experts sound alarm about plastic lost in cargo ship disasters

Plastic pollution in oceans on track to rise for decades

Plastic pollution at sea is reaching worrying levels and will continue to grow even if significant action is taken now to stop such waste from…Continue readingPlastic pollution in oceans on track to rise for decades

World must work together to tackle plastic ocean threat: WWF

Plastic has infiltrated all parts of the ocean and is now found “in the smallest plankton up to the largest whale” wildlife group WWF said.…Continue readingWorld must work together to tackle plastic ocean threat: WWF

Safe planetary boundary for pollutants, including plastics, exceeded

In 2009, an international team of researchers identified nine planetary boundaries that demarcate the remarkably stable state Earth has remained within for 10,000 years—since the…Continue readingSafe planetary boundary for pollutants, including plastics, exceeded

Data from 29,798 clean-ups around the world uncovers some of the worst litter hotspots

Single-use plastics formed the majority of litter in this study. And in general, litter hotspots were associated with socioeconomic factors such as a concentration of…Continue readingData from 29,798 clean-ups around the world uncovers some of the worst litter hotspots

Social cost of 2019’s plastic more than GDP of India

The pollution, emissions and clean-up costs of plastic produced in 2019 alone exceeded the annual GDP of India. It estimated that unless there is concerted…Continue readingSocial cost of 2019’s plastic more than GDP of India