It’s official: there’s more plastic in the oceans than ever before

Researchers are calling for change on all levels of society.

Microplatics can also travel by wind, new study shows

Even pristine mountainous landscapes are now polluted with microplastics.

New research says traffic exhaust is giving millions of kids asthma all around the world

That’s a lot of kids.

Researchers estimate the monetary and health cost associated with particulate matter

Oh boy, it’s not pretty.

New research produces a viable, biodegradable alternative to plastic

This might help us clamp down on plastic pollution.

It’s official: single-use plastics have been banned in the EU

Today’s vote is “essential in order to protect the marine environment and reduce the costs of environmental damage attributed to plastic pollution in Europe.”

Diesel is responsible for half of all premature deaths attributed to vehicle emissions

Vehicle tailpipe emissions were responsible for 385,000 premature deaths worldwide in 2015.

Balloons are the most dangerous plastic pollution for seabirds

Balloons might be fun at parties but they become deadly serious once they reach the ocean.

New upcycling process for PET could finally nudge us into cleaning the seas

I do like cleaner seas.

Plastic is “everywhere” in the ocean, including its deepest trenches — “There’s no good aspect to this,” researchers say

Thrash we’ve thrown away years ago is killing ocean life as you’re reading this.

Australia allows 1 million tons of sludge to be spilled into Great Coral Reef

It’s one bad news after the other for the coral reef.

Great Coral Reef hit by massive surge of muddy water — visible from satellite

This is just adding more salt to the wound.

EU wants to ban some microplastic production responsible for 400,000 tonnes of pollution in 20 years

The ban doesn’t solve the bulk of microplastics entering EU waters.

China’s coal mines emit more methane despite policy aimed at reducing emissions

These measures “failed to produce a detectable decrease or decline in methane emissions associated with coal production,” the team writes.

New research shows air pollution sours our mood and makes us unhappy

The study was performed on Chinese cities — but the air pollution problem is very much a global one.

Environmental cleanups return on investment — and they return big time

Cleaning up makes economic sense.

Thawing Canadian Arctic permafrost is releasing “substantial amounts” of mercury into waterways

In the Canadian Arctic, mercury isn’t rising only in thermometers.

Microplastics found in the guts of all sea turtles across the oceans

More than 100 turtles were tested — all had synthetic fibers in their guts.

New deep-water microbes have the skills to help fight climate change

Unexpected but not unwelcome!

Microplastics could break down whole ecosystems — they’re making prey unresponsive to predators

This could be a very bad development.