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.
Here's how microplastics from your clothes end up in the deep sea.
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?