Tag: Microplastics

Microplastics Common From Ocean Surface To Ocean Floor, Entering Marine Food Webs

How deeply does our plastic problem really affect the planet? Even the creatures at the deepest parts of the ocean have microplastics in their system.

Earth/Environment June 7, 2019

Microplastics Contaminate Remote Mountains Because Winds Are Blowing Them Everywhere

Winds can carry tiny plastic particles to seemingly remote and pristine regions such as the Pyrenees mountains in southern France. Microplastic particles floating on the wind in the Pyrenees came from plastic bags, plastic films, and packaging materials.

Earth/Environment April 15, 2019

Microplastics Found In All 50 Marine Mammals Involved In Study

All of the marine mammals involved in a study were found to have microplastics in them. Most of the particles were synthetic fibers that can come from a variety of sources.

Animals February 1, 2019

Microplastics Found In Human Feces Highlight Plastic Problem: First-Of-Its-Kind Study

Just how far has the problem of microplastic pollution gone? All eight human feces samples from different parts of the world were found to be contaminated with up to eight different types of plastic.

Public Health October 23, 2018

How Contact Lenses Are Contributing To Microplastic Pollution

Contact lenses are a godsend to those with ocular difficulties. But according to a new research, they can contribute to microplastic pollution when not properly discarded.

Earth/Environment August 20, 2018

Antarctica Already Polluted With Plastic And Hazardous Chemicals

An expedition to Antarctica, which was supposedly aimed at observing the amazing wildlife in the region, revealed the extent of human pollution. Sadly, the region was found to be contaminated with microplastics and hazardous chemicals.

Earth/Environment June 9, 2018

Microplastics And Seal Breathing Holes: Arctic Ocean Faces Graver Threats On Pollution And Climate Change

The Arctic Ocean faces possible near-permanent contamination as scientists collected record high of microplastics. Meanwhile, NASA explained that the ice holes found in Beaufort Sea could be more than just breathing holes but effects of warmer temperatures.

Earth/Environment April 26, 2018

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Is 4 To 16 Times Larger Than Previously Thought

The size of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is increasing rapidly according to scientists. The amount of plastic found in this area between California and Hawaii also reportedly keeps accumulating.

Earth/Environment March 23, 2018

More Than 90 Percent Of Bottled Water Are Contaminated With Microplastic Particles

Analysis of more than 250 water bottles revealed that 93 percent of the samples are contaminated with tiny pieces of plastic particles. It is not yet clear how ingestion of microplastic can impact human health.

Public Health March 15, 2018

Microplastic Pollution Threatens Giants Of The Ocean, Scientists Warn

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

Scientists Want Glitter Banned Because It’s An Environmental Hazard: Here’s What You Need To Know About Microplastics

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

Tiny Ocean Fish Prefer To Eat Plastic Over Plankton

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

Oysters Are Dying, The Prime Suspect: Microplastics!

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

Researchers Find Particles Of Plastic In Salt

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.

November 6, 2015

Microplastics In Cosmetic Products Could Be Harmful To Marine Life

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 Black Ball Strategy May Result In 'Bacterial Nightmare'

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

Plankton Eat Plastic And So Does The Rest Of The Food Chain, Humans Included

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

Corals In Great Barrier Reef Are Eating Plastic, Raising Concerns

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

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