Glitter litter 'could be damaging rivers'

Glitter contains microplastics, which can get into rivers and seas, taking years to degrade.

bbcnews
Oct. 14, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: environment plastic-pollution

Plastic straw ban in England comes into force

Businesses can no longer sell or supply the single-use items as part of efforts to reduce pollution.

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

Tags: plastic plastic-pollution

Plastic pollution: Washed clothing's synthetic mountain of 'fluff'

Scientists calculate how many tiny fibres our polyester and nylon garments lose in the wash.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
Sept. 16, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: environment plastic-pollution

Coronavirus: Pandemic 'causing new wave' of plastic pollution

Charity Surfers Against Sewage says it has seen a wave of discarded masks and plastics on beaches.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Aug. 31, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: plastic-pollution surfing personal-protective-equipment-ppe

Seaweed: The food and fuel of the future?

The farming of seaweed is accelerating as firms exploit its fast growth and green credentials.

By Adrienne Murray • bbcnews
Aug. 27, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: plastic-pollution faroe-islands

Microplastic in Atlantic Ocean 'could weigh 21 million tonnes'

There are 12-21 million tonnes of tiny plastic fragments floating in the ocean, scientists say.

By Victoria Gill • bbcnews
Aug. 18, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: environment plastic plastic-pollution marine-biology atlantic-ocean

River Thames 'severely polluted with plastic'

The Thames has some of the highest recorded levels of microplastics in the world, a study says.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
July 21, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: environment pollution plastic plastic-pollution river-thames

Washing machines' microplastic filters 'untested'

Filters can cut ocean-bound microplastics from washing machines, but more tests are needed, study finds.

By Mark Kinver • bbcnews
June 27, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: environment plastic plastic-pollution

Pollution: Birds 'ingesting hundreds of bits of plastic a day'

Plastic pollutants in UK rivers are finding their way into wildlife and moving up the food chain.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
May 21, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: environment pollution wildlife plastic plastic-pollution

High microplastic concentration found on ocean floor

Mediterranean sediments are shown to have up to 1.9 million tiny plastic pieces per square metre.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
April 30, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: earth-science pollution plastic plastic-pollution oceans

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