The ocean is full of tiny plastic particles – we found a way to track them with satellites

New research suggests that an effective way to locate and track large concentrations of microplastics in the ocean could be from high in the sky.

Christopher Ruf, Professor of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering, University of Michigan • conversation
July 9, 2021 ~8 min

Where does plastic pollution go when it enters the ocean?

Each bit of plastic takes a unique journey once it reaches the ocean. We're trying to spot the patterns.

Ton van den Bremer, Associate Professor of Engineering, Delft University of Technology • conversation
Feb. 26, 2021 ~7 min

Hundreds of fish species, including many that humans eat, are consuming plastic

As more and more plastic trash permeates the oceans, fragments are making their way into fish and shellfish – and potentially into humans.

Matthew Savoca, Postdoctoral researcher, Stanford University • conversation
Feb. 9, 2021 ~9 min

Why ocean pollution is a clear danger to human health

Polluted oceans don't just harm wildlife, they are a source of ill health for humans too.

Philip Landrigan, Professor and Director, Global Public Health Program and Global Pollution Observatory, Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society, Boston College • conversation
Feb. 1, 2021 ~8 min

Bottle-fed babies may consume millions of microplastic particles, our research suggests

Shaking polypropylene bottles and washing them with very hot water can release millions of tiny plastic particles. Here are four ways to reduce exposure.

Yunhong Shi, Postdoctoral Researcher in Environmental Engineering, Trinity College Dublin • conversation
Oct. 19, 2020 ~7 min

Coronavirus face masks: an environmental disaster that might last generations

As face marks and coverings become compulsory worldwide, littering and their potential impact on the environment increases.

Steve Fletcher, Professor of Ocean Policy and Economy, University of Portsmouth • conversation
Aug. 14, 2020 ~6 min

Abandoned fibreglass boats are releasing toxins and microplastics across the world

Too many small yachts and speedboats are simply being abandoned to shed toxins and microplastics into the sea.

Corina Ciocan, Senior Lecturer in Marine Biology, University of Brighton • conversation
Aug. 4, 2020 ~6 min

Microplastics: tiny crustaceans can fragment them into even smaller nanoplastics

The discovery that such a common animal can rapidly produce vast numbers of nanoplastics is particularly worrying.

Alicia Mateos Cárdenas, Postdoctoral Researcher, University College Cork • conversation
July 31, 2020 ~6 min

How Earth's plastic pollution problem could look by 2040

Plastic flows to the world's waterbodies could double over the next two decades.

Ed Cook, Research Fellow in Circular Economy Systems, University of Leeds • conversation
July 24, 2020 ~8 min

How your car sheds microplastics into the ocean thousands of miles away

New research reveals how roads channel microplastics from car tires and brake pads to remote ocean habitats.

Claire Gwinnett, Professor in Forensic and Environmental Science, Staffordshire University • conversation
July 14, 2020 ~6 min