Plastic pollution to weigh 1.3 billion tonnes by 2040

An estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of plastic is destined for the environment by 2040 unless global action is taken, scientists say.

By Victoria Gill • bbcnews
July 23, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: environment pollution plastic

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

UK using 1.2 billion tonnes of material a year

The figure is the equivalent of 18.5 tonnes of material per person and that has increased.

By Roger Harrabin • bbcnews
April 2, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: plastic landfill

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

Sainsbury's pledges £1bn to cut emissions to zero by 2040

The retailer says it can hit "net zero" by 2040 with action on food waste, packaging and water use.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Jan. 28, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: environment plastic sainsburys companies retailing

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