plastic

pollution

There Is Plastic 'Everywhere,' Says Guy Swimming Across Pacific Ocean

Ben Lecomte began his swim on the coast of Japan and has already swum more than 1,200 nautical miles.
Kaleigh Rogers
10.23.18
microplastics

Beauty Industry-Funded Study Suggests Microplastics ‘Are Not Causing Harm to the Environment'

A meta-analysis of 320 research papers on microplastics concludes that "the available data...suggest that these materials are not causing harm to the environment.”
Daniel Oberhaus
10.17.18
bugs

Mosquitoes Are Now Vectors for Pollution as Well as Disease

Scientists find that insects can poison birds and fish with plastic they ate as larvae.
Becky Ferreira
9.19.18
plastic oceans

Watch a Man Swim Through an Ocean of Trash Off the Coast of Bali

A startling reminder that humans have a huge impact on the ocean.
Rebecca Flowers
3.6.18
choked

11 Billion Pieces of Plastic Are Making Coral Reefs Sick

Plastic is suffocating and infecting coral reefs.
Rebecca Flowers
1.29.18
Dear Future

How We'll Solve Our Plastic Problem

These future technologies will make today’s plastic problem a thing of the past.
Daniel Oberhaus
11.9.17
plastic planet

We’re Eating Plastics From Our Own Dirty Laundry

A startup is developing a reusable sheet that sucks microplastics from our laundry machines, so they don’t end up in the water supply.
James Jackson
9.14.17
super

We're Eating Fish That Are Eating Plastic That Smells Like Food

A new paper demonstrates the power of scent on anchovies’ foraging instincts, and how plastic fools them.
Kaleigh Rogers
8.15.17
plastic planet

Earth Is Choking on 8.3 Billion Metric Tons of Plastic Waste

For the first time, scientists have calculated how much plastic we've produced, and its fate. It isn't pretty.
Bryson Masse
7.19.17
right?

Why Don’t We Just Make Everything Out of Recycled Plastic?

It’s a complicated question, but very smart people are working to solve it.
Kaleigh Rogers
7.12.17
Clean Up Clean Up

These Plastic-Eating Machines Will Filter Our Junk From the Ocean

The Ocean Cleanup revealed how their ocean-plastic-removal machine will actually work.
Emma Griffith
5.12.17
ocean pollution

Ocean Currents Are Carrying Our Plastic Garbage to the Arctic

Plastic dumped in the oceans is moving poleward.
Lisa Cumming
4.19.17