Normally land-bound pathogens that cause deadly diseases for both humans and animals can cling to microplastics and end up in your seafood.
Biodegradable plastics have great potential to replace problematic plastics that don’t break down. But we, and the environment, need greater clarity on how to dispose of them.
A global treaty on plastic pollution must incentivize a take-make-reuse waste management system and include quantitative targets based on geography-specific emissions.
Without action in the next five years, an extra 80 million tonnes of plastic may end up in the ocean by 2040.
The amount of microplastics in the environment is being significantly underestimated, research shows.
The Nigerian government must do more to combat increasing plastic pollution in the country.
Representatives of 175 countries voted to start developing a global treaty to reduce plastic waste. Treaties addressing mercury, long-range air pollution and ozone depletion offer some lessons.
Microplastics are polluting soil worldwide, but it’s often hard to analyse the impact. New research shows how we can assess the scale of the problem using modelling.
After soil, water and food, microplastics have now entered the atmosphere, where they influence the climate system and may even change atmospheric chemistry.
New research suggests that an effective way to locate and track large concentrations of microplastics in the ocean could be from high in the sky.
The thing that makes hooded blankets comfy and unnaturally soft is also what makes them bad for the environment and our health.
We analysed the dust in 32 homes across Sydney, and found significant levels of microplastics. But having hard, non-varnished floors and vacuuming at least weekly might help.
As more and more plastic trash permeates the oceans, fragments are making their way into fish and shellfish – and potentially into humans.
Polluted oceans don’t just harm wildlife, they are a source of ill health for humans too.
Shaking polypropylene bottles and washing them with very hot water can release millions of tiny plastic particles. Here are four ways to reduce exposure.
Microplastics could pose a threat to the sustenance of aquatic biodiversity when ingested by animals.
As face marks and coverings become compulsory worldwide, littering and their potential impact on the environment increases.
The discovery that such a common animal can rapidly produce vast numbers of nanoplastics is particularly worrying.
New research reveals how roads channel microplastics from car tires and brake pads to remote ocean habitats.
Our research on a remote Antarctic island found microplastics in the intestines of tiny animals.