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Plastic in Landfill
Is Killing Elephants
Jan 17, 2022 3:58 PM CST
Plastic in Landfill Is Killing Elephants
Post-mortems showed no signs of a normal diet
- Conservationists and veterinarians are warning that plastic waste in an open landfill in eastern Sri Lanka is killing elephants in the region, after two more were found dead over the weekend. Around 20 elephants have died in the past eight years after consuming plastic trash in the dump in Pallakkadu...
Blame for World's Plastic
'Deluge' Lands Squarely on US
Dec 2, 2021 7:39 AM CST
Blame for World's Plastic 'Deluge' Lands Squarely on US
We're the biggest contributor to the waste problem, per new NAS analysis commissioned by Congress
- There's a "deluge" of plastic mucking up the Earth's oceans, with the United States serving as the biggest contributor to it. That's according to a new National Academy of Sciences report ordered by Congress that's imploring the US to come up with a plan to...
Garbage Falls in Italy,
but There's All That PPE
Aug 16, 2020 9:50 AM CDT
Garbage Falls in Italy, but There's All That PPE
UN, environmental groups warn of danger to seas from microplastics
- Italy produced 10% less garbage during its coronavirus lockdown, but environmentalists warn that increased reliance on disposable masks and packaging is imperiling efforts to curb single-use plastics that end up in oceans and seas. Researchers estimate that during the peak months of Italy's lockdown in March and April, the...
Scientists Turn Up
Stunning 'Snot Palaces'
Jun 6, 2020 2:30 PM CDT
Scientists Turn Up Stunning 'Snot Palaces'
They do more with 4 inches than you'd expect
- Master builders of the sea construct the equivalent of a complex five-story house that protects them from predators and funnels and filters food for them—all from snot coming out of their heads. And when these delicate mucus homes get clogged, the tadpole-looking critters—called giant larvaceans—build a new...
Microplastics Found in One
of World's Remotest Places
Apr 22, 2020 6:44 PM CDT
Microplastics Found in One of World's Remotest Places
96 particles found in sample of Antarctic sea ice
- Grim news from one of the remotest places on Earth: Microplastics have been found for the first time in a sample of Antarctic sea ice. Researchers say they found 96 tiny plastic particles in an ice-core sample that had been stored in Tasmania since it was taken in 2009, the...
Exhibit on Ocean
to Big Shock for
Feb 14, 2020 9:40 AM CST
Exhibit on Ocean Pollution Leads to Big Shock for One Woman
German woman spots mixtape she lost 25 years ago—and it still works
- If you're in your late 30s or older, you likely remember the unique joy that accompanied creating what we olds call a "mixtape." A German woman is now reliving that elation after she stumbled upon a mixtape she lost 25 years ago while on vacation in Spain....
Study Has Jarring News
for Drinkers of Premium Tea
Sep 27, 2019 8:57 AM CDT
Study Has Jarring News for Drinkers of Premium Tea
Those fancy plastic bags deposit billions of microplastics into the cup, say researchers
- What do you take in your tea? A little cream, a little sugar, and ... billions of microscopic pieces of plastic? That's the takeaway from a new study at Canada's McGill University, reports the BBC . The study involves only tea that comes in plastic tea bags, generally of the...
Microplastics in Lake Tahoe
Leads to New Research
Sep 1, 2019 11:10 AM CDT
Microplastics in Lake Tahoe Leads to New Research
Team will present findings in December
- Scientists at Lake Tahoe have detected microplastics at several locations around the lake for this first time. Microplastics is the term for tiny pieces of plastic that come from everything from water bottles to synthetic fleece sweaters. Experts said they are ubiquitous around the world, the AP reports, so it'...
UN: Microplastics in Water
Not a Major Health Worry
Aug 22, 2019 3:10 AM CDT
UN: Microplastics in Water Not a Major Health Worry
'Just because we're ingesting them doesn't mean we have a risk to human health'
- The World Health Organization says the levels of microplastics in drinking water don't appear to be risky, but that research has been spotty and more is needed into their effects on the environment and health, the AP reports. Microplastics are created when man-made materials break down into tiny particles...
Aug 15, 2019 4:06 AM CDT
Microplastics Abound in Arctic Snow
Scientists say air is carrying particles to remotest corners of the world
- Scientists say they've found an abundance of tiny plastic particles in Arctic snow, indicating that so-called microplastics are being sucked into the atmosphere and carried long distances to some of the remotest corners of the planet. The researchers examined snow collected from sites in the Arctic, northern Germany, the...
Australia's 'Last Unspoilt
Paradise' Is Anything But
May 21, 2019 1:37 PM CDT
Australia's 'Last Unspoilt Paradise' Is Anything But
Researchers find 414M pieces of plastic debris on remote islands
- Study after study has illustrated the insane amount of plastic clogging up our planet. But a new one focusing on Australia's Cocos Islands suggests we still may have greatly underestimated the problem. Researchers surveyed 88% of the total landmass of the remote islands considered "Australia's last...
Dolphin Washes Up
May 20, 2019 4:44 PM CDT
Dolphin Washes Up After Eating Plastic Hose
It's the second time in a month trash was found in a postmortem exam
- A male bottlenose dolphin that stranded this month on a Florida beach had eaten a 2-foot plastic shower hose, including a nozzle and metal radiator clamp. The hose appears to be from a camping rig, the
reports. A female rough-toothed dolphin calf that washed up last month in Fort...
This Is a Photo of the Pyrenees.
And, Apparently, Microplastic
Apr 16, 2019 9:52 AM CDT
This Is a Photo of the Pyrenees. And, Apparently, Microplastic
Researchers find it in the air there, 4K feet up
- It's a memorable scene in
: film of a plastic bag floating in the wind. A researcher with Scotland's University of Strathclyde started wondering about bags like that, and where they go when they leave our sight. "We thought that maybe it just doesn't disappear,...
Be Outraged' by
Teen's Find Off
Jan 18, 2019 7:55 AM CST
'People Would Be Outraged' by Teen's Find Off Calif. Coast
Alex Weber has pulled out more than 50K golf balls over the last two years
- Two years ago, a central California teen began what NPR calls a "Sisyphean task"—hauling hundreds of pounds of golf balls off the ocean floor, only to have them reenter the sea as golfers from five nearby golf courses (including Pebble Beach) hit them right back in. Alex...
'First Evidence for Microplastics
Inside Humans' Emerges
Oct 23, 2018 10:05 AM CDT
'First Evidence for Microplastics Inside Humans' Emerges
Plastic found in stool samples from people in 8 countries
- It was only a matter of time. Scientists, following up research showing tiny particles of plastic in everything from bottled water to salt , say they've found "the first evidence for microplastics inside humans." All stool samples taken from eight participants of a small study by Environment Agency...
When You Sprinkle
Salt, You're Getting
More Than Salt
Oct 19, 2018 12:46 PM CDT
When You Sprinkle Salt, You're Getting More Than Salt
Microplastics infiltrate 90% of it, especially the stuff from Asia, say researchers
- Just like with bottled water , over 90% of the world's table salt contains microplastics—enough that the average human ingests 2,000 pieces each year from salt alone, according to new research. It's been known for years that microplastics are present in salt, per Quartz , but the surprise...
You Might Want to Stop
Flushing Your Old Contacts
Aug 19, 2018 2:03 PM CDT
You Might Want to Stop Flushing Your Old Contacts
Arizona State researchers see a surprisingly large environmental toll
- If you're one of the approximately 45 million Americans who wear contact lenses, researchers at Arizona State University have a request based on their new study: Stop flushing them down the sink or toilet. The researchers concluded that disposing of lenses this way—and they estimate that up to...
in More Than
90% of Bottled Water
Mar 15, 2018 6:58 AM CDT
Microplastics Found in More Than 90% of Bottled Water
WHO says it is investigating risks
- Bottled water isn't just surrounded by plastic, it's permeated with it, according to a new study. Researchers at the State University of New York tested 259 bottles of water bought in nine countries, including the US, and found that 93% of them were contaminated with tiny plastic particles,...
Now With Your Tap Water,
a Side of Plastic
Sep 7, 2017 9:20 AM CDT
Now With Your Tap Water, a Side of Plastic
Researchers warn that we're ingesting microparticles
- Perhaps we'd best hope we are what we eat, because if we are what we drink then we are getting pretty plastic. Researchers who tested samples of tap water from around the world say there are microplastics in much of it, with the highest contamination rate in the US,...
Eating Plastic Is
Jun 3, 2016 11:45 AM CDT
Eating Plastic Is Making Young Fish Stupid
Microplastics linked to smaller, slower perch
- Fish are getting hooked on plastic that's making them "smaller, slower, and more stupid," say researchers behind a new study at
. Scientists have long suspected that microplastics are dangerous , but "that has been very hard to determine until now, and that's why this is...
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