plastic pollution

Octopuses Turn Human Litter Into Homes, But Is This Good for Them?

Octopuses Turn Human Litter Into Homes, But Is This Good for Them?

It turns out that humanity’s trash may be an octopus’s treasure.  A new study published in Marine Pollution Bulletin last month looked at a range of underwater photographs that show octopuses interacting with litter that had settled on the seafloor.  “The deep-sea records were extremely interesting, because even at great depths these animals are interacting […]

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    In Post-Trump Reversal, U.S. Joins Call for Global Plastics Treaty

    In Post-Trump Reversal, U.S. Joins Call for Global Plastics Treaty

    The U.S. and France have joined forces to call for an international treaty to control plastic pollution.  They issued their joint statement on the last day of the One Ocean Summit from February 9 to 11 convened by France in its port city of Brest.  “The United States and France are committed to protecting our […]

    World Ocean Summit to Address Plastic Pollution and Protection of Marine Species

    World Ocean Summit to Address Plastic Pollution and Protection of Marine Species

    From February 9 to 11, scientists, world leaders and international companies will meet in the port city of Brest in Brittany, France, for the One Ocean Summit. The meeting will focus on inspiring the international community to heighten their objectives concerning the protection of marine life, tackling plastics pollution and addressing the impacts of the climate crisis.

    UN to Create Global Treaty on Plastic Pollution

    UN to Create Global Treaty on Plastic Pollution

    Plastics quickly became popular for their convenience and disposability. But now, there are anywhere from 15 to 51 trillion tons of plastic in the oceans, and plastic pollution is set to outweigh all fish in the oceans by 2050. The United Nations (UN) Environment Assembly has plans to meet in February and March 2022 to […]

    Swedish Company Trains Crows to Clean Up Cigarette Butts

    Swedish Company Trains Crows to Clean Up Cigarette Butts

    Cigarette butts are the No. 1 form of plastic pollution, with around 4.5 trillion tossed cigarette butts in the world today. In Sweden, a company called Corvid Cleaning is using crows to pick up this discarded waste. For every butt deposited, the birds earn food. They collect the cigarettes, then drop them off in a […]

    Toxic Nanoplastics Found at North and South Poles

    Toxic Nanoplastics Found at North and South Poles

    There is increasing alarm about the extent of microplastic pollution, which has been found everywhere from Everest to the Arctic.  However, it turns out there’s an even smaller and more toxic form of plastic pollution infiltrating remote reaches of the globe. A new study published in Environmental Research found significant quantities of nanoplastics in ice […]

    We Have Breached the Planetary Boundary for Plastics and Other Chemical Pollutants, Scientists Say

    We Have Breached the Planetary Boundary for Plastics and Other Chemical Pollutants, Scientists Say

    Humanity is currently releasing more chemical and plastic pollution into the environment than Earth can support. That’s the conclusion of a first-of-its-kind study published in Environmental Science and Technology Tuesday, which argues that the planetary boundary for novel entities has been exceeded by human activity. The researchers defined “novel entities” as manufactured chemicals that do […]