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Sewage plants are leaking millions of tiny plastic beads into Britain’s seas

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Microplastics used in wastewater plants could be contributing to the problem of plastic pollution in oceans, according to the report. Photograph: Sandy Young/Alamy Stock Photo

The plastic beads used for filtering sewage are hard to spot and pose a risk to wildlife, according to a new report

October 11, 2017 — Sewage plants are contributing to plastic pollution in the oceans with millions of tiny beads spilling into the seas around the UK, according to a new report. Continue reading Sewage plants are leaking millions of tiny plastic beads into Britain’s seas

Plastic chunks on Arctic ice show how far pollution has spread

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Plastic pollution on an ice floe in the middle of the Arctic Ocean. Photograph: Conor McDonnell

Discovery by UK scientists prompts fear that melting ice will allow more plastic to be released into the central Arctic Ocean – with huge effects on wildlife

September 25, 2017 — A British-led expedition has discovered sizeable chunks of polystyrene lying on remote frozen ice floes in the middle of the Arctic Ocean. Continue reading Plastic chunks on Arctic ice show how far pollution has spread

Plastic fibres found in tap water around the world, study reveals

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The average number of fibres found in each 500ml sample ranged from 4.8 in the US to 1.9 in Europe. Photograph: Michael Heim/Alamy

Tests show billions of people globally are drinking water contaminated by plastic particles, with 83% of samples found to be polluted

September 6, 2017 — Microplastic contamination has been found in tap water in countries around the world, leading to calls from scientists for urgent research on the implications for health. Continue reading Plastic fibres found in tap water around the world, study reveals

Fish mistaking plastic debris in ocean for food, study finds

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Fish eat microplastics driven by their odour. Above, debris found in the stomach of a fish in Portugal. Photograph: Paulo Oliveira/Alamy

Behavioural evidence suggests marine organisms are not just ingesting microplastics by accident but actively seeking them out as food

August 16, 2017 — Fish may be actively seeking out plastic debris in the oceans as the tiny pieces appear to smell similar to their natural prey, new research suggests. Continue reading Fish mistaking plastic debris in ocean for food, study finds

Invisible plastic: microfibers are just the beginning of what we don’t see

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Every time we wash our clothing the synthetic fibers the are comprised of leach into our waterways, rivers and oceans. Photograph: Jeff Haynes/AFP/Getty Images

The tiny pollutants in our clothes are forcing us to look harder for, and think more carefully about, the ways humans have shaped the environment

June 29, 2017 — Opening my washing machine at the end of a cycle is not something that generally fills me with excitement. But today it did, because doing so – I thought – would finally allow me to see and Continue reading Invisible plastic: microfibers are just the beginning of what we don’t see