Releasing balloons at weddings and other celebrations is festive, until they break into pieces and become plastic pollution. A citizen science project is spotlighting the problem.
The study also finds the weight of plastic waste from all rivers in Jakarta totals 2.1 million kilograms equivalent to 1,000 Tesla Model S cars.
Many studies find microplastics have important negative effects on animals, but others don't.
Nigeria's government must encourage citizens to embrace a system where plastic never become waste.
Levels of microplastics in the ocean are rising. More study is needed to figure out how these microplastics affect the qualities and properties of sea ice, and what the potential impact may be.
Where does plastic waste go when it reaches the ocean? For most of it, not far.
Our experiment shows we need to work out just how damaging discarded cigarettes are to plantlife.
It's not just the ocean we need to worry about – plastic is accumulating in the world's rivers, too.
The entire Cocos (Keeling) Island group is a little more than twice the size of the Melbourne CBD. So it’s hard to envision 414 million debris items washed up there.
Biodegradable bags still strong enough to carry shopping after three years in the ground show that 'biodegradability' isn't all it's cracked up to be.
New research finds tiny particles in the atmosphere had been carried nearly 100km. Should we be worried?
Volunteers from all over the world are taking part in a citizen science project to help scientists work out how bad microplastic pollution really is.
Populations of freshwater species are in a state of deep decline. But we know why and we can reverse the trend.
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.