A plastic bag has an average usage time of 20 minutes, while it can take up to 1000 years to break down in the environment.
While the world gathers to negotiate on climate change, governments must recognise the public desire for action on plastic pollution and work together to solve it.
Mosquitoes are transferring microplastics eaten in water into birds and other non-marine animals.
South Africa needs to strengthen its response to plastic pollution.
Roughly 10,000 tons of plastic enter the Great Lakes every year, and scientists want to know where it ends up. There are some parallels to ocean plastics, but also important differences.
Microplastics are everywhere--our water, soil, and even the air we breathe. The consequences of this exposure on human health is unknown. But studies in animals give us reason to worry.
Tech fixes to environmental problems are guaranteed to grab attention, but real change for the planet requires community organising.
Preliminary results of a study have shown microplastics have reached in a newly revealed Antarctic environment.
Microplastics in seafood are well recorded but there are many other sources.
Little chunks of plastic are now scattered throughout the oceans and pollute most beaches around the world, including the nesting sites of threatened and endangered sea turtles.
Ocean plastic has made a big splash, but there may be even more microplastic on land. The problem is that we have no idea exactly how much is in Australian soil, where it is, and what it's doing.
How to cut down on toxic chemicals found in common household products.
Ocean plastic has gained notoriety, but we're starting to realize that microplastics pollute our freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems too.
The technology underlying Bitcoin is starting to spread its wings.
Plastics and microplastics in the marine environment are one of the great cause célèbre of our era. Here's what we know and don't know.
Summer may have come to an official end, but the plastics from your bathers might still be at the beach!
Plant-based, sustainable plastics may hold many of the answers to our plastic problems.
Every festival in Australia sends countless bits of glitter down the drain (and into the ocean). But you can still shine on – in bio-glitter.
The science is clear but to improve plastic literacy, we need the arts. Here’s why.
Microbeads from cosmetics are just a drop in the ocean. Other microplastics are more pervasive and just as dangerous.