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Microplastics are in our bodies. How much do they harm us?

By Laura Parker Photo: Alexander Stein, Getty Images

A few years ago, as microplastics began turning up in the guts of fish and shellfish, the concern was focused on the safety of seafood. Shellfish were a particular worry, because in their case, unlike fish, we eat the entire animal—stomach, microplastics and all. In 2017, Belgian scientists announced that seafood lovers could consume up to 11,000 plastic particles a year by eating mussels, a favorite dish in that country.

04/26/22
                                                               

Disease-causing parasites can hitch a ride on plastics and potentially spread through the sea, new research suggests

By Karen Shapiro and Emma Zhang Photo: Yunaidi Joepoet/Moment via Getty Images

Typically when people hear about plastic pollution, they might envision seabirds with bellies full of trash or sea turtles with plastic straws in their noses. However, plastic pollution poses another threat that’s invisible to the eye and has important consequences for both human and animal health.

04/26/22
                                                               

EPA plans sweeping regulatory strategy for power plants

By Ethan Howland Photo: Mark Wilson via Getty Images

The Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to issue a series of proposals covering air, water and waste pollution from power generators, especially coal-fired power plants, EPA Administrator Michael Regan said Thursday.

03/11/22
                                                               

Biden’s EPA chief puts power plants on notice for pollution

By Dino Grandoni Photo: F. Carter Smith/Bloomberg News

Previewing a suite of new fossil fuel rules, Michael Regan said more needs to be done to clean up the air and water around power plants

03/10/22
                                                               

Historic moment as 175 nations pledge to curb plastic pollution

By David Vetter Photo: AFP via Getty Images

There were whoops of joy and applause as assembled heads of state and representatives from around the world agreed Wednesday to draw up an international treaty to end the growing global tide of plastic pollution.

03/02/22
                                                               

Science report: US should make less plastic to save oceans

By Seth Borenstein Photo: AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File

America needs to rethink and reduce the way it generates plastics because so much of the material is littering the oceans and other waters, the National Academy of Sciences says in a new report.

12/01/21
                                                               

U.S. is top contributor to plastic waste, report shows

By Tik Root Photo: Caleb Jones , AP

The United States ranks as the world’s leading contributor of plastic waste and needs a national strategy to combat the issue, according to a congressionally mandated report released Tuesday.

12/01/21
                                                               

Will Power is Key to Tackling the Ocean Plastic Crisis

By Tina Casey

As Plastic-Free July draws to a close, the looming ocean plastic crisis is still growing by the day. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel. A new scientific study indicates that solutions to much of the problem are already at hand. One important missing ingredient is will power, and that is where leading brands have an opportunity to shine.

07/28/21
                                                               

Battling America’s ‘dirty secret’

By Sarah Kaplan Photo: Kaci Merriwether-Hawkins

Climate change raises the risk from failing sewage systems. So Catherine Coleman Flowers is working for a new way to deal with waste.

06/25/21
                                                               

Dark Water: Thanks to exhaust scrubbers, while ships are polluting the air less, their water-pollution footprint is rising

By The Financial Express

A move to reduce pollution of the air by ships, ironically, seems to be driving up water pollution, notes a report in Science. Sulphur from ships’ exhaust is a significant contributor to ozone depletion. International Maritime Organization’s (IMO’s) Suplhur 2020 vision estimates that the capping standards for sulphur content in ships’s fuel will lead to a 77% drop in overall sulphur oxide emissions from ships—an annual reduction of 8.5 million tonnes of SOx.

05/19/21