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Microplastics and our planet: Part 3–addressing cosmetic products

One of the major sources of microplastics in the ecosystem is from cosmetics products, especially those that deliberately contain plastic particles for exfoliation. The time has come to eliminate these.

Microplastics and our planet: Part 2 – developing a strategy

It is well documented that microplastics present a major problem for life on Earth and the problem is accelerating. How can humanity move away from its reliance on plastics? We look at the EU solution.

Microplastics and our planet: Part 1 – looking at the problem

Microplastic pollution continues to be an issue of pressing concern for humanity. Particles are found in everyday items like fertilizers, cosmetics, household detergents, cleaning products, paints and products used in the oil and gas industry.

LEGO bricks take hundreds of years to breakdown in the ocean

Plymouth - It's been long-known that the traditional LEGO brick takes along time to breakdown, which is something of concern in the context of plastic pollution. New research shows just how long it takes a humble brick to fully decompose.

Using microorganisms to address microplastic pollution

The challenge to the environment posed by microplastics has received considerable attention and some different solutions have been proposed, as efforts are made to reduce reliance upon plastics. One solution involves microbes.

Researcher warns of growing threat from plastics in Great Lakes

Research from a leading international expert on the health of the Great Lakes suggests that the growing intensity and scale of pollution from plastics poses serious risks to human health and will continue to have profound consequences on the ecosystem.

Omnipresence of microplastics in European rivers revealed

The Tara Ocean Foundation project has revealed the extent of plastic pollution in the rivers of Europe, based on the environmental project's latest analysis. The plastics are adversely impacting marine biodiversity.

Microplastics found in all arctic beluga whales tested

Tuktoyaktuk - Canadian researchers working with hunters from the Inuvialuit community of Tuktoyaktuk, in the Northwest Territories in Canada, were surprised to find microplastics in the digestive systems of beluga whales hunted for food.

Microplastics in drinking water not a health risk for now: WHO

Geneva - The World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday the level of microplastics in drinking-water is not yet dangerous for humans but called for more research into potential future risk.

Microplastics found drifting down with snowfall

Microplastics have been detected in every part of planet, on land and in the oceans. New research finds microplastic particles are drifting down with the snow with events recorded in the Alps and the Arctic.

USGS discovers it's raining plastics in the Rocky Mountains

Boulder - USGS researchers analyzing rainwater samples for nitrogen pollution in the Rocky Mountains found an unanticipated addition to the rainwater they studied - Microplastic fibers, and not just a few, but a lot of them.

Microplastic contamination found in groundwater in U.S.

A new study is the first to report microplastics in fractured limestone aquifers - a groundwater source that accounts for 25 percent of the global drinking water supply.

Startup developing reusable laundry sheet to remove microplastics

Waterloo - Microfibers have become a serious threat to our drinking water, and while no studies on their impact on human health have been done, a group of entrepreneurs has come up with something that looks like a dryer sheet that attracts and removes the fibers.

Removing microplastics from tap water starts at treatment plants

As we have learned, plastic pollution is not just a problem affecting our oceans. We are now ingesting tiny bits of plastic in our tap water. So this problem leaves but one question - Is there a solution?

Microplastics in drinking water — Huge problem needing a solution

A new study looked at microplastics in drinking water in 14 countries globally. Besides giving us information on how widely spread these microplastics really are, the study also highlights the need for added studies on possible human health risks.

Microplastics risk from washing machines flagged

Geneva - Plastic pollution of the oceans has been highlighted as a significant ecological concern, with billions of pieces of plastic floating in the oceans. A new concern are the ‘microfibers’ released from clothing when washed in domestic washing machines.

Sea salt is contaminated with micro plastics, study finds

An analysis of 16 brands of sea salt originating from eight different countries found all but one contained traces of micro plastics

Cozy clothes and yoga pants — Key source of ocean pollution

Key Largo - Yoga pants, Patagonia's cozy jackets, sweat-wicking athletic wear and other types of comfortable clothing all have one thing in common — these items are emerging as a major source of pollution in our waterways, lakes and oceans.

Investigation launched on the impact of microplastics

London - Microplastic particles are consumed by marine life as a result of human pollution. In turn, the particles may pose a health risk to humans. This concern is sufficient to trigger a research study.

Micro-plastics from body scrubs found polluting the Great Lakes

Many of us scrutinize over the labels when we buy our food, but do many of us think about what’s in our cosmetics and personal hygiene products? A study has found a worrisome amount of plastic beads in the Great Lakes that originate from body scrubs.

Unseen dangers from the Japanese tsunami may linger for decades

The debris from the tsunami which struck eastern Japan two years ago today could still be washing up on the western seaboard of Canada and the United States decades from now with, as yet, unknown consequences for marine life.

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Salt farmers harvesting salt  Pak Thale  Ban Laem  Phetchaburi  Thailand.
Salt farmers harvesting salt, Pak Thale, Ban Laem, Phetchaburi, Thailand.
JJ Harrison (CC BY-SA 3.0)
The Dalecarlia Water Treatment Plant located at 5900 MacArthur Boulevard  NW in the Palisades neighb...
The Dalecarlia Water Treatment Plant located at 5900 MacArthur Boulevard, NW in the Palisades neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The facility is part of the Washington Aqueduct, a National Historic Landmark.
Map showing the sampling sites.
Map showing the sampling sites.
Karst conduit in a borehole  Cumberland County  PA. A conduit appears in this photo as a distinctive...
Karst conduit in a borehole, Cumberland County, PA. A conduit appears in this photo as a distinctive void space, which likely transmits large volumes of water through the aquifer rapidly.
U.S. Geological Survey/Randy Conger
Microplastics have now been found in the digestive tracts of healthy bewluga whales harvested for fo...
Microplastics have now been found in the digestive tracts of healthy bewluga whales harvested for food.
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