COVID-related plastics pollute the world’s oceans, study reveals

A recent study published in the journal PNAS calculated for the first time how much waste in the form of single-use personal protective equipment (PPE) ended up in the oceans since the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic began in 2020. “The Covid-19 pandemic has led to an increased demand for single-use plastics that intensifies pressure on an already out-of-control global … Continue reading COVID-related plastics pollute the world’s oceans, study reveals

High levels of microplastics found in babies’ poop

Babies are already exposed to a lot of plastic — even more than adults, according to a study. A new study showed that an average of 36,000 nanograms of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) microplastics (MP) can be found in every one gram of infant feces, compared to 2,600 nanograms for adults. This shows that infants are exposed to higher levels … Continue reading High levels of microplastics found in babies’ poop

Disposable no more: MIT team recommends reusable masks to save the environment while suffocating humans

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the threat of plastic pollution, as disposable face masks and other forms of personal protective equipment have become ubiquitous. In a study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, researchers have suggested cutting back on disposable face masks, recommending the use of reusable masks instead. In recent times, face masks and personal protective equipment … Continue reading Disposable no more: MIT team recommends reusable masks to save the environment while suffocating humans

Celebrate, but not with glitter: Glitter is a toxic pollutant that should be banned, warn scientists

Glitter is tiny, sparkly and festive, but these minuscule particles are harmful to the environment. According to experts, glitter should be banned to protect oceans and marine life. Why is glitter bad for the environment? Glitter particles are very small, and marine animals often mistake them for food. This is bad because microplastics like glitter can damage … Continue reading Celebrate, but not with glitter: Glitter is a toxic pollutant that should be banned, warn scientists

Microplastic pollution is escalating around the world – study

A new study of airborne plastic particles finds that microplastic pollution is escalating around the world. Tiny remains of plastic are more ubiquitous than science had known, according to researchers from Cornell University and Utah State University who teamed up for the study. The research findings were published on Monday, April 12, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. … Continue reading Microplastic pollution is escalating around the world – study

Single-use face masks are a ticking time bomb of global pollution, experts warn

Single-use face masks are a ticking plastic bomb for the environment, according to a commentary published in Frontiers of Environmental Science and Engineering. Zhiyong Ren, a professor of civil and environmental engineering from Princeton University, and Elvis Xu, an environmental scientist from the University of Southern Denmark, authored the commentary. Based on recent studies, the authors estimated that some … Continue reading Single-use face masks are a ticking time bomb of global pollution, experts warn

Billions of microplastics particles are swirling around in the atmosphere

Experts consider plastic pollution as one of the most pressing environmental problems. Unfortunately, existing studies on microplastics – tiny pieces of plastic – have primarily focused on their impacts on rivers and oceans. Now, a study led by researchers from Utah State University (USU) and Cornell University revealed that microplastics “spiral around the globe” in the atmosphere. In fact, microplastics can … Continue reading Billions of microplastics particles are swirling around in the atmosphere

Microplastic pollution found near summit of Mount Everest

Scientists from the University of Plymouth in the U.K. recently made a disturbing discovery near the summit of Mount Everest, the tallest mountain on Earth: microplastics. Microscopic pieces of plastic were found just a few hundred feet short of the peak of the 29,000-foot mountain, at a spot known as the balcony. The scientists collected snow samples from 11 locations on … Continue reading Microplastic pollution found near summit of Mount Everest

A dangerous brew: Plastic teabags release BILLIONS of microplastics particles into your drink

Teabags made from plastic – rather than the usual paper – are fast becoming common around the globe. But tea drinkers ought to steer clear of these plastic teabags after recent tests found that a single bag could shed billions of microplastics into each cup. In a major breakthrough, scientists from Canada’s McGill University at Montreal found that just one plastic teabag … Continue reading A dangerous brew: Plastic teabags release BILLIONS of microplastics particles into your drink

Just 10 minutes of swimming in the ocean is all it takes for infection-causing bacteria to alter skin microbiome – is pollution to blame?

A quick dip in the ocean is hard to beat on a hot day, but a new study shows that ocean bacteria can colonize your skin surprisingly fast – and some types of it can be quite dangerous. Researchers say that just 10 minutes of swimming in the ocean is enough to see your skin … Continue reading Just 10 minutes of swimming in the ocean is all it takes for infection-causing bacteria to alter skin microbiome – is pollution to blame?