Mussels clumped together on rocks at Whitsand Bay in Cornwall, England. Credit: University of Plymouth Commercially important seafood species are at greater risk of microplastic contamination depending how they clump together in the marine environment, new research suggests. In the first study of its kind, scientists from the University of […]

SOURCE: I.KANE/UNI OF MANCHESTER Scientists have identified the highest levels of microplastics ever recorded on the seafloor. The contamination was found in sediments pulled from the bottom of the Mediterranean, near Italy. The analysis, led by the University of Manchester, found up to 1.9 million plastic pieces per square metre. […]

Credit: Duke University Would the world stop drinking Coca-Cola if it no longer came in single-use plastic bottles? They might, Coca-Cola’s Chief Sustainability Officer Beatriz Perez suggested at the World Economic Forum earlier this year: Coca-Cola “won’t be in business if we don’t accommodate customers,” she said. But Professor Dan […]

As adverse health effects of BPA have become more widely known, companies have turned to using alternative chemicals to develop plastic products — namely water bottles and food containers — and often labeling them “BPA-free.” University of Missouri scientists find BPA alternative, bisphenol S, could negatively affect both a mother’s placenta and […]

A world awash in plastic will soon get slammed by more, as major oil companies ramp up their production. PHOTOGRAPH: PAUL TAYLOR/GETTY IMAGES his story originally appeared on Yale Environment360 and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. As public concern about plastic pollution rises, consumers are reaching for canvas bags, metal straws, and reusable water bottles. But […]