microplastic pollution

a marine biologist holds up a sample of seawater containing microplastics

EU proposes ban on 90% of microplastic pollutants

European Chemicals Agency draft law aims to cut 400,000 tonnes of plastic pollution — A wide-ranging ban on microplastics covering about 90% of pollutants has been proposed by the EU in an attempt to cut 400,000 tonnes of plastic pollution in 20 years. Every year, Europe releases a bulk amount of microplastics six times bigger …

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this planktonic arrow worm, sagitta setosa, has eaten a blue plastic fibre about 3mm long

Plastic pollution discovered at deepest point of ocean

High levels of contamination in Mariana Trench show how pervasively planet has been contaminated — The deepest point on Earth is heavily polluted with plastic, scientists have discovered, showing how pervasively the world has been contaminated. The researchers plumbed the depths of the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific Ocean, near Challenger Deep, the lowest …

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the arctic report card outlines vast changes taking place in the arctic region

Arctic Undergoing Most Unprecedented Transition in Human History

The Arctic Report Card, released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, outlines vast changes taking place in the Arctic region. Here are some major findings — The Arctic continues to undergo dramatic change due to atmospheric and ocean warming, and the region “is no longer returning to the extensively frozen region of recent past …

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plastics and other detritus line the shore of the thames estuary

Tyres and synthetic clothes ‘big cause of microplastic pollution’

Up to 32,000 tonnes of microplastics enter British waterways each year, says Friends of the Earth — Vehicle tyres and synthetic clothing are the two leading contributors to microplastic pollution from UK households, according to a new report from Friends of the Earth. The report estimates that between 9,000 and 32,000 tonnes of microplastic pollution …

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