Filter feeders such as whales and whale sharks ingest large amounts of microplastic as the ocean becomes increasingly polluted with plastic debris. What are the effects of plastic on these giant marine creatures?
Earth/Environment February 6, 2018
Because most types of glitter are technically microplastics, they pose great harm to marine life when consumed. So as a result, scientists want to ban them entirely.
Earth/Environment November 30, 2017
Young fish are getting hooked on consuming microplastic particles instead of their usual diet of zooplankton, a new Swedish study has warned. The findings renewed calls to ban plastic microbeads as one way to tackle the dire situation.
Earth/Environment June 3, 2016
Of all the pollution in the ocean, a research has determined that microplastics, commonly found in cosmetics and clothing, may be killing off oysters. How bad is the problem?
Earth/Environment February 3, 2016
A new study conducted by researchers at the State University of New York Fredonia has found that brands of sea salt sold in China contain high amounts of microplastics. This raises concerns about the potential effects of the synthetic material on human health.
Life November 6, 2015
Latest study conducted by Plymouth University researchers has found that everyday cosmetic products, such as facial soaps, toothpastes and exfoliants, contain around 100,000 microplastic particles that often end up as pollutants in oceans and rivers.
Life August 28, 2015
LA just dumped millions of plastic black balls on its reservoir to keep water from evaporating. Experts call this a short-term fix and emphasize more serious problems like plastics in water and urge long-term resolutions to them.
Earth/Environment August 22, 2015
Scientists and filmmakers collaborated to capture how plastic from ocean waste is ingested by the zooplankton in a study and a short environmental film. The researchers emphasized that microplastics pose danger from the planktons to the bigger creatures that consume them and even up to the humans sitting on top of the food chain. The filmmakers encouraged more people to help ensure our oceans are plastic-free.
Earth/Environment July 10, 2015
Microplastics in the ocean are being consumed by corals in the Great Barrier Reef, but what impact could this pollution have on marine ecosystems?
Earth/Environment February 24, 2015