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Detecting microplastics first step in assessing environmental harm

January 10, 2020

Amid growing alarm over the plastic that pollutes our environment, biomedical and optics researchers at the University of Rochester are…
Microplastics million times more abundant in the ocean than previously thought

December 16, 2019

Nothing seems safe from plastic contamination. A new study by NSF-funded researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography suggests there could be…
For some corals, meals can come with a side of microplastics

December 4, 2019

Tiny microplastic particles are about as common in the ocean today as plastic is in our daily lives.…
More plastic than fish? Business leader and philanthropist Wendy Schmidt talks ocean health at U of T event

November 22, 2019

By 2050, there could be more plastic in the world’s oceans by weight than fish. This was just…
Sunlight degrades polystyrene faster than expected

October 23, 2019

New research published by scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution shows that polystyrene, one of the world’s most ubiquitous…
Sunlight degrades polystyrene much faster than expected

October 17, 2019

Polystyrene persists in the environment for millennia, according to some international governmental agencies. This estimate is based on…
Bacteria can break down plastic

September 30, 2019

In 2016, Japanese scientists discovered a bacterium that can break down PET plastic, which is primarily known from…
How to curb the world’s plastics pollution problem

September 26, 2019

Transforming the global plastic packaging market requires a suite of solutions, from public policy interventions and corporate commitments…
Doubling Down

August 19, 2019

Over the recent decade, total human impacts to the world’s oceans have, on average, nearly doubled and could…
Why plastic bags are so hard to get rid of

August 14, 2019

In June, Canada joined a growing list of countries frustrated with the inability of market forces to shrink…
Breaking down marine plastic pollution

August 2, 2019

A University of Adelaide-led research team has developed a new approach to purging water sources of the microplastics…
Scientists found a green way of clearing out microplastics without harming local microorganisms

August 1, 2019

Humans are dirty animals. Wherever we step, we leave piles of trash that just doesn’t go away. World’s…
How Technology Can Help Us Fight Ocean Pollution

July 25, 2019

Our oceans have undergone a dramatic transformation over the past several decades. The pressures of industrial production, unchecked…
Is there plastic in our drinking water? Probably – and researchers are studying how concerned we should be

July 22, 2019

Is there plastic in your drinking water? The University of Toronto’s Bob Andrews and Chelsea Rochman say there is – but, unfortunately,…
Researchers Invent a New Plastic which could be Recycled Endlessly without any Loss in Quality

July 8, 2019

As most environmentally conscious people know, due to various additives present in most plastics only a fraction (about…
Estimating microplastic consumption

June 7, 2019

Since the mass production of plastics began in the 1940s, the versatile polymers have spread rapidly across the…
When biodegradable plastic isn’t

May 20, 2019

The ubiquitous plastic bag is handy for transporting groceries and other items home from the store. However, this…
A Sense of Urgency: Facing the Environmental Challenges

May 10, 2019

Climate shocks. Water quality. Fracking. Food production. Plastics. The array of environmental challenges facing our planet is dizzying…
Underwater sleuth

May 6, 2019

Before she turned into a deep-sea detective, Joleah Lamb herded fruit flies, groomed dogs and extracted blood from humans. But…
Sea anemones ingest plastic microfibers

April 1, 2019

Tiny fragments of plastic in the ocean are consumed by sea anemones along with their food, and bleached…
Using Synthetic Biology to fight Environmental Pollution: New insights into an old problem

March 14, 2019

Synthetic Biology (SYNBIO) is a well-established scientific field that offers solutions to a span of societal problems. One…
Creatures in Mariana Trench are also feeding on our plastics

March 2, 2019

Humans are trashing their own planet. They are littering all over the place with plastic object they bought…
Tiny fibers create unseen plastic pollution

February 20, 2019

While the polyester leisure suit was a 1970s mistake, polyester and other synthetic fibers like nylon are still…
Microplastic contamination found in common source of groundwater, researchers report

February 1, 2019

Microplastics contaminate the world’s surface waters, yet scientists have only just begun to explore their presence in groundwater…
The Environmental Option: Should You Choose a Fake Christmas Tree?

January 22, 2019

People are beginning to wake up and realize that if we don’t start reducing our environmental impact now,…
Microplastics and Plastic Additives Discovered in Ascidians All Along Israel’s Coastline

January 4, 2019

A new Tel Aviv University study finds that microplastics — tiny pieces of plastic ingested by aquatic life — are…
An Astounding Statistic of Waste Plastic

December 20, 2018

91 percent: the proportion of plastic waste that has never been recycled. That figure, determined by UC Santa Barbara marine…
What did you have for lunch today? A whole bunch of plastic

October 24, 2018

We polluted our world with plastic and it isn‘t great. Plastic waste has a lot of negative environmental…
Marine litter in the North Sea to be mapped

October 9, 2018

Not many people store old garbage. But for Bastian Huwer, a researcher at DTU Aqua, his collection of…
Plastics found in fifty percent of freshwater insects

October 1, 2018

Microplastic fragments – pieces of plastic debris under five millimetres – were found to have been ingested by…
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