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River Thames’ plastic pollution: London river contains one of the highest levels of microplastics of all UK waterways

The research, carried out by Bangor University and Friends of the Earth, has prompted calls for routine monitoring of all UK waters to detect the pollutants. Researchers used a flourescence lighting system to identify microplastics per litre of water tested. The most polluted river was the River Tame in Greater Manchester, which presented more than […]

Microplastic pollution revealed ‘absolutely everywhere’ by new research

Microplastic pollution spans the world, according to new studies showing contamination in the UK’s lake and rivers, in groundwater in the US and along the Yangtze river in China and the coast of Spain. Humans are known to consume the tiny plastic particles via food and water, but the possible health effects on people and […]

Rate of plastic pollution will double by 2030 as report calls for end to single-use plastics

On average, we each use 53 kilograms of plastic a year and generate a collective total of more than 300 million tonnes of plastic waste. By 2030, this is predicted to double, with the brunt of the impacts expected to hit our oceans. These are just some of the figures to come from WWF's global plastic report, Solving […]

World’s deepest waters becoming ‘ultimate sink’ for plastic waste

The world’s deepest ocean trenches are becoming “the ultimate sink” for plastic waste, according to a study that reveals contamination of animals even in these dark, remote regions of the planet. For the first time, scientists found microplastic ingestion by organisms in the Mariana trench and five other areas with a depth of more than […]

Plastics ‘leading to reproductive problems for wildlife’

Plastics are an increasing cause of concern due to potential sources of chemicals that disrupt hormones and affect the growth and reproductive success of a wide variety of wildlife, according to a new report. Wildlife in the oceans and on land are subject to cocktails of pollutants known as endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), but little is still known […]

Creatures in the deepest trenches of the sea are eating plastic

PLASTIC LITTER IS now virtually inescapable throughout every crevice of the world's oceans, and a newly published study finds, for the first time, that the creatures living in the deepest, most remote environs on Earth are eating it in startling amounts. A British research team captured amphipods, tiny shrimp-like crustaceans that scavenge on the seabed, from […]

A brief history of how plastic straws took over the world

At the beginning of July 2018, Seattle became the largest U.S. city to ban plastic straws. They’re not alone. Starbucks plans to phase out plastic straws by 2020. McDonald’s recently announced it will ban plastic straws at its U.K. and Ireland restaurants. Bon Appétit Management, a food service company with 1,000 U.S. locations, announced last May it will phase out plastic straws. […]

Plastic bans spread in India. Winners and losers aren’t who you’d expect.

AMUDHA, WHO GOES by only her first name, sells flowers for a living in Chennai, one of India’s largest cities. She used to spend 15 percent of her profits buying plastic shopping bags for her sales. Now she saves that expense and wraps her customers’ flowers in the broad leaves plucked from a tree on the […]

Plastic pollution: One town smothered by 17,000 tonnes of rubbish

Malaysia has become one of the world's biggest plastic importers, taking in rubbish the rest of the world doesn't want. But one small town is paying the price for this – and it is now smothered in 17,000 tonnes of waste. It began last summer. Every night, after the clock struck midnight, Daniel Tay knew […]

Industry alliance sets out $1bn to tackle oceans’ plastic waste

The scourge of plastic waste in the world’s oceans is the target of a new global alliance of businesses which says it will try to reduce the amount of plastic waste produced and improve recycling. The Alliance to End Plastic Waste, launched on Wednesday, includes companies producing consumer goods and plastic, as well as waste management and recycling firms. […]

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