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

Plastic: How to predict threats to animals in oceans and rivers

Scientists find out more about the threats of plastic to thousands of fish, whales and other aquatic life.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
March 27, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: animals plastic plastic-pollution oceans marine-biology whales

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

Plastic pollution: 'Hidden' chemicals build up in seabirds

Chemicals in plastics can build up in seabirds at levels thousands of times higher than normal.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
Jan. 31, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: pollution plastic plastic-pollution seabirds

Bill proposes ban on plastic waste exports

Plastic waste exports to developing countries to be banned or restricted under new law.

By Roger Harrabin • bbcnews
Jan. 30, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: environment plastic-pollution

Malaysia returns 42 containers of 'illegal' plastic waste to UK

Malaysia will not become "the garbage dump of the world", says the country's environment minister.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Jan. 20, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: recycling malaysia plastic plastic-pollution

Single-use plastic: China to ban bags and other items

One of the world's biggest users of plastic plans to phase out most single-use items by 2025.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Jan. 20, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: pollution china plastic plastic-pollution

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