Mauritius oil spill: Satellite images show removal operation

Satellite images capture tug boats trying to remove the broken vessel, which spilled tonnes of oil.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Aug. 19, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: environment japan oil marine-biology ocean-pollution mauritius marine-conservation

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

Tags: plastic plastic-pollution marine-plastic-litter ocean-pollution microplastic

Plastic pollution: Snowdon research is a 'wake-up call'

Scientists say pollution on the highest mountain in England and Wales must prompt action.

By Matt Lloyd • bbcnews
March 1, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: environment pollution water-pollution plastic plastic-pollution ocean-pollution snowdon brecon-beacons bangor-university peak-district criccieth

Palau is first country to ban 'reef toxic' sun cream

The move is designed to protect marine life around the Pacific island state.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Jan. 1, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: environment pollution hawaii coral-reefs palau oceans ocean-pollution

Microplastics: Seeking the 'plastic score' of the food on our plates

Microplastics are everywhere, but how worried should we be? Scientists are on a mission to find out more.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
Oct. 12, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: environment pollution plastic-pollution ocean-pollution

Why are Nike trainers washing up on beaches?

From Bermuda and the Azores to Ireland and France, large numbers of shoes are washing ashore.

By Hamish Mackay • bbcnews
June 19, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: france plastic-pollution oceans the-bahamas shipping atlantic-ocean ocean-pollution bermuda portugal republic-of-ireland nike-inc orkney

Early ocean plastic litter traced to 1960s

Scientists "accidentally" record the history of ocean plastic, including what may have been the first plastic bag to be fished out of the ocean.

By Victoria Gill • bbcnews
April 16, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: environment plastic plastic-pollution plymouth ocean-pollution

Dead Philippines whale had 40kg of plastic in stomach

The whale that washed up in the Philippines had ingested 16 rice sacks and "multiple" shopping bags.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
March 18, 2019 ~2 min

Tags: environment philippines plastic plastic-pollution whales ocean-pollution

Giant plastic catcher heads for Pacific Ocean clean-up - BBC News

When a Dutch teenager went swimming in the sea in Greece seven years ago, he was shocked to see more plastic than fish.

David Shukman • bbcnews
Sept. 7, 2018 ~7 min

Tags:  engineering  environment  plastic-pollution  oceans  ocean-pollution

Ocean plastic a 'planetary crisis' - UN - BBC News

Life in the seas risks irreparable damage from a rising tide of plastic waste, the UN oceans chief has warned.

By Roger Harrabin • bbcnews
Dec. 5, 2017 ~6 min

Tags:  united-nations  plastic-pollution  ocean-pollution

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