Sperm whale in Indonesia succumbed with 6 kilos of plastic in its belly

A gruelling reminder to curb our plastic pollution.

The drugs we take end up in rivers, where they affect the entire ecosystem

The drugs we take are reaching natural ecosystems, and moving up the food chain.

More than 90% of children worldwide breathe heavily polluted air — a “ticking time bomb”

Pollution is a silent killer — and it’s affecting almost all the planet’s children.

Humans are now pooping microplastics

It’s the first to show that humans are eating plastic.

Half of world’s killer whales could disappear in next 30 years due to toxic pollutant

PCBs have been banned almost two decades ago but their effects are still widely felt by the iconic orcas.

Air pollution may increase the risk of developing dementia

This is an observational study and, as such, the findings cannot be used to establish a cause-effect relationship — but it does raise some important questions.

California to launch its “own damn satellite” to monitor air pollution, climate change

Go Cali, go!

Nine streets in London ban diesel and gasoline cars in “pioneering” ultra-low emission scheme

An intriguing policy.

Contact lenses break down into microplastics — so don’t flush them down!

Just throw them in the trash if you don’t want them on your plate later on.

Nanoparticle treatment developed to scrub water clean of oil pollution

Nobody likes oil in their water.

Scientists manage to keep proteins ‘alive’ outside cells

The discovery paves the way for advanced materials that have the same functionality as living organisms.

How a design and culture revolution could help us tackle our plastic problem

It’s not a simple problem and it doesn’t have a simple answer — but here’s what we can do.

As China continues to reduce its emissions, scientists call for “cautious optimism”

It’s good news, just not *very* good news.

Air pollution seems to promote diabetes — even at officially ‘safe’ pollution levels

Don’t breathe too hard.

The U.S. oil and gas industry is leaking a lot of methane — again

The emissions total around 13 million metric tons.

Study weighs environmental costs of producing animal proteins so you know what to buy

Now you know exactly what your purchases do.

Banning plastic bags: Chile becomes the first country in the Americas to opt for a ban

Despite some city and state-wide measures, no other country in the Americas has banned plastic bags.

European Union sues six of its countries over air pollution

These are steps in the right direction.

Average atmospheric CO2 levels last month were the highest we’ve ever recorded, ever

Yikes.

Arctic sea ice chock-full of microplastics, with over 12,000 particles per litre of ice

It should basically be called Arctic sea plastic by now.