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River of plastic trash is flooding our oceans

Plastic is useful - for packaging, tires, clothing, and much else. But 2 percent of plastics produced end up in the ocean. It enters the food chain - …

Pollution

Second garbage patch the size of Texas discovered in Pacific Ocean

Scientists on a recent six-month expedition have discovered the presence of a second garbage patch in the South Pacific, and are saying that the plastic vortex could be bigger than the state of Texas.<p>Charles Moore set sail with a group of volunteer researchers in November 2016 to look at plastic …

Plastic fibres found in tap water around the world, study reveals

Exclusive: Tests show billions of people globally are drinking water contaminated by plastic particles, with 83% of samples found to be polluted<p>We are living on a plastic planet. What does it mean for our health?<p>Microplastic contamination has been found in tap water in countries around the world, …

Pollution

Companies are turning ocean trash into running shoes and sunglasses

<i>This story was originally published by Oceans Deeply. For important news about plastic pollution, you can sign up to the Oceans Deeply email …

Just 10 River Systems Contribute Up to 95 Percent of Plastic in Oceans

For decades, we've known that the plastics we throw away — empty water bottles and grocery bags, for instance — pollute our oceans. Every year, about …

Real Solutions for Plastic Problems

“There’s a great future in plastics” – a famous line from the 1967 film "The Graduate" – turned out to be a prophetic statement. A ubiquitous part of 21st-century life, plastic is visible for some uses like product packaging and less for others like toothpaste and clothing. Plastic also constitutes …

99 Percent of Microplastic in the Ocean is Missing—Scientists Just Worked Out How to Find It

Fluorescent dye could be the answer to finding the 99 percent of missing microplastics in the oceans.<p>Researchers from the University of Warwick in …

Seven charts that explain the plastic pollution problem

<b>Marine life is facing "irreparable damage" from the millions of tonnes of plastic waste which ends up in the oceans each year, the United Nations has warned.</b><p>"This is a planetary crisis... we are ruining the ecosystem of the ocean," UN oceans chief Lisa Svensson told the BBC this week.<p>But how does …

Pollution

Almost all plastic in the ocean comes from just 10 rivers

Most of the plastic in our oceans doesn't get dumped there directly, rivers carry it to the sea. As it turns out, a very small number of them do most …

Pollution

UN resolution calling for targets to tackle ocean plastic waste rejected by US, China and India

A United Nations agreement that would have called for specific, internationally-agreed goals to tackle plastic waste in our oceans has been rejected …

Pollution

Toxic plastic to be 'burned in Britain' due to China import ban

Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of toxic plastic could be burnt in Britain rather than recycled due to a Chinese import ban, officials have warned.<p>The leaders of the UK’s recycling industry admitted yesterday they had “no idea” how to cope with the prohibition as the policy came into force.<p>Britain …

Pollution

Bali declares 'garbage emergency' amid sea of waste

Bali’s palm-fringed Kuta beach has long been a favourite with tourists seeking sun and surf, but nowadays its golden shoreline is disappearing under …

Pollution

Toxic plastic pollution is 'destroying' Scotland's beaches, lochs and rivers

Environmental campaigners are warning that the danger is getting worse, and our photographs reveal the full extent of the problem.<p>Plastic pollution …

Pollution

Plastic microbeads ban enters force in UK

Manufacturing ban means the tiny beads which harm marine life can no longer be used in cosmetics and personal care products<p>Plastic microbeads can no longer be used in cosmetics and personal care products in the UK, after a long-promised ban came into effect on Tuesday. The ban initially bars the …

Pollution

Iceland supermarket chain aims to be plastic free by 2023

<b>Supermarket chain Iceland has said it will eliminate or drastically reduce plastic packaging of all its own-label products by the end of 2023.</b><p>Iceland says the move will affect more than a thousand own-label products.<p>New ranges will be packaged using a paper-based tray, rather than plastic.<p>It …

Sustainability

EU unveils plan to make all plastic packaging recyclable by 2030

The EU wants to make all plastic packaging recyclable, reduce single-use plastic and restrict microplastics. The plan would "lay the foundations for …

Pollution