A recent research has found a new way to detect very small pieces of plastic waste that float invisibly near the surface of the ocean using fluorescent dye. The method could be used one day to identify 99 percent of lost tiny pollutants in the sea.
Earth/Environment November 27, 2017
The melting sea ice likely brought about by climate change now allows plastic pollution to reach remote areas of the Arctic Ocean. Here's what could possibly happen as a result.
Earth/Environment September 27, 2017
Plastic pollution has slowly crept into the once-pristine Arctic Ocean. Why is this happening, how much plastic pollution really ends up in our oceans, and will it stay there forever?
Earth/Environment April 21, 2017
Plastic pollution carried by a major ocean current has found its way into the Arctic ocean, threatening the region’s pristine ecosystem, a new study revealed. Researchers say the consequences can be “disastrous.”
Earth/Environment April 19, 2017
Researchers of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) have estimated that 10,000 metric tons of plastic are entering Great Lakes every year. It highlights the danger of plastic being consumed by wildlife and entering the larger food chain as debris travels differently in the Great Lakes unlike in oceans.
Earth/Environment December 23, 2016
Using an organometallic catalyst, scientists sped up the breakdown of polyethylene into liquid product that can be used as fuel. Once the process is scaled up, it can potentially make a dent in global plastic pollution.
Earth/Environment June 20, 2016
More than 2,000 bottles arrived at Poldhu Cove on the Lizard Peninsula last Sunday, prompting cleanup and disposal operations. Environmental groups warned of the potential environmental risks to marine animals and worsening plastic pollution in the oceans.
Earth/Environment January 8, 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
Tiny plastic microbeads that give personal care products their scrubbing, cleansing action are ending up in oceans and threatening wildlife, researchers say. They are urging a total ban on the use of the tiny plastic particles.
Earth/Environment September 18, 2015
Researchers found that almost all population of seabirds will have plastic debris in their gut by 2050. If current trends continue and effective waste management measures will not take place, this prediction is more likely to happen.
Earth/Environment September 1, 2015
Eight millions tons of plastic waste going into world's oceans each year, study estimates. Asian countries identified as the world offenders.
Earth/Environment February 13, 2015
The ocean is holding plastic waste equivalent to the weight of more than 500 fully loaded Boeing 747s. Toxins from these hazardous materials can also transfer to the marine animals that eat them.
Earth/Environment December 11, 2014
Plastic pollution has been seen all around the world, and now scientists have estimated how much there is out there. What did they find?
Earth/Environment December 10, 2014