We all know that littering is bad, but now scientists found that rubbish can actually have a positive effect on our waterways. In polluted urban rivers, invertebrates, like insects, snails
Even the tallest peak in the world is not immune to microplastic pollution, it seems. In a new study published on 20 November in One Earth, scientists show evidence of
The world’s plastic pollution problem is much worse than imagined, according to a new analysis published on 18 August in Nature Communications (1). Compared to previous estimates of around 17
If the global health crisis and economic fallout weren’t enough, the coronavirus may have yet another serious consequence: ocean pollution. Coronavirus waste, such as disposable masks and plastic gloves, are
Scientists have discovered the Mediterranean equivalent of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Ocean currents are creating these microplastic “hotspots” deep in the Mediterranean Sea, according to a new paper published
A new study might explain why sea turtles ingest so much plastic. The findings, published on 9 March in Current Biology, provide evidence that the turtles mistake the smell of
Some ocean fish nurseries contain seven times more microplastics than fish, according to a sobering new study published on 11 November in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (1).
The Ocean Cleanup, a nonprofit based in Rotterdam in the Netherlands founded by young engineer Boyan Slat, has improved its plastic-collecting device. The latest version has finally captured and retained
Scientists recently discovered a type of plastic-eating bacteria that slowly munches away on plastic waste in the ocean (1). Now, scientists from the Technical University of Crete have shed some
Scientists have developed a new kind of plastic that can be re-manufactured back into the same type of plastic in a more sustainable way, without losing any quality or performance.