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Plastic Additives Disrupt Mating Behaviour in Crustaceans

A groundbreaking study reveals how plastic additives affect mating behaviour and sperm count in crustaceans, raising concerns about the broader impact on aquatic ecosystems. Explore the potential ecological consequences of our plastic addiction and the urgent need for awareness and action.

Microplastic; Rivers, Estuaries Choked, Aquatic Species Contaminated

All aquatic species inhabiting river mouths flowing into the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean are contaminated with microplastics, according to a recent study. The study, in which the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) plays a key role, exposes the severity of pollution in estuaries and coastal regions, particularly affecting molluscs.

21 Million Tonnes of Macroplastics Leaked in 2022

A new report reveals that in 2022, 21 million tonnes of macroplastics leaked into the environment, marking a nearly one-third increase from a decade earlier. Plastics, contributing to 3.8% of global greenhouse gas emissions, pose significant threats to the environment, climate, and health. The interim report explores policy scenarios, emphasizing the urgent need for comprehensive international strategies to eliminate plastic pollution by 2040.

Hundreds of Toxic Chemicals Found in Recycled Plastics

A study led by scientists at the University of Gothenburg reveals alarming findings about recycled plastics. Over 600 toxic chemicals, including pesticides and pharmaceuticals, were identified in plastic pellets from 13 countries. As delegates gather for the Plastics Treaty Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee meeting in Nairobi, scientists emphasize the urgent need to phase out harmful chemicals for the sake of human health and the environment.

Plastic Pollution: A Burden on Low-Income Countries

Despite consuming significantly less plastic per capita, low income countries face costs up to 10 times higher than high-income countries, according to a latest report commissioned by WWF.

Microplastics Found in Clouds Raise Alarming Concerns

In a groundbreaking discovery, Japanese researchers have identified microplastics within clouds, shedding light on a disconcerting environmental issue. The implications of this finding extend to potential repercussions for ocean ecosystems, climate change, and human health.

Genetically Modified Bacteria Tackle Plastic Pollution

In a groundbreaking development, scientists have genetically modified a marine microorganism with the capability to break down polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic in...

Hidden Perils of Paper Cups: Toxicity Lurks Beyond Plastics

Paper cups, believed to be benign, harbour toxic chemicals that can inflict harm on ecosystems and living organisms much like their plastic counterparts, according to a latest study.

Inhaled MicroplasticsAnd the Threat To Humans

Humans might inhale about 16.2 bits of microplastic every hour, which is equivalent to a credit card over an entire week. A group of researchers point out that inhaled microplasticspose cause serious health risks and the understanding how it travels in the respiratory system is essential for prevention and treatment of respiratory diseases.

Adapting Policies Could reduce Plastic Pollution by 80 Per cent

Plastic pollution could reduce by 80 per cent by 2040 if countries and companies make deep policy and market shifts using existing technologies, according to a new report by UN Environment Programme (UNEP).