water pollution

  • The Most Disturbing Places We’ve Found Microplastics So Far

    The Most Disturbing Places We’ve Found Microplastics So Far

    Scientists first found microplastics, those tiny pieces of plastic smaller than 5 millimeters, on British beaches in 2004. In the 20 years since, the world has watched on in horror as microplastics began turning up in virtually every nook and cranny on the planet. Today, we’ve got far-from-complete list that gives you an idea of…


  • Paper Cups Are Bad for the Environment Too, Study Finds

    Paper Cups Are Bad for the Environment Too, Study Finds

    In recent years, drink chains have switched their single-use cups from plastic to paper to avoid plastic pollution and pile-ups in landfills. But according to recent research, the plastic cup that we feel good walking out of a cafe with isn’t great for the environment either. A study published last month in the journal Environmental…


  • Microplastics Found in Fresh Antarctic Snow

    Microplastics Found in Fresh Antarctic Snow

    Microplastics continue to infiltrate even the most remote parts of Earth. New research has identified tiny bits of plastic in the continent’s snowfall, likely arriving there from local sources, according to the team. These particles could enter the Antarctic food chain, while dark-coloured microplastics may even speed up the melting of snow.