Microplastics in wastewater treatment plants carry intestinal viruses such as rotavirus up to three days and create significant health risks, a study finds.
An international new study finds that plastic pollutants are found in Arctic waters, Arctic organisms and Arctic ice, cautioning that more regulations and control mechanisms are needed.
A Dutch study published in the Environment International journal examined blood samples from 22 anonymous, healthy volunteers and found microplastics in nearly 80 percent of them.
The WWF commends United Nations member states for taking a huge step towards fighting plastic pollution at the UN Environment Assembly on March 2, 2022, while remaining cautious about the roadmap ahead.
Negotiators have been given a broad mandate to target plastic trash in all its forms — not just bottles and straws in the ocean, but invisible microplastics polluting the air, soil and food chain.
Contaminants that have emerged as a result of human activity continue to reach even the most remote parts of the world, with scientists recently finding decades old nanoplastics in the north and south pole.
Over 700 organisations across the globe have urged the United Nations to establish an international treaty to address plastic pollution ahead of a bloc meeting.
US contributed around 42 million metric tonnes in plastic waste in 2016 –– more than twice as much as China and more than EU countries combined, a new report shows.
Plastic particles have infiltrated even the most remote and seemingly-pristine regions of the planet, with tiny fragments discovered inside fish in the deepest recesses of the ocean and peppering Arctic sea ice, according to a latest UN report.
"Companies and establishments are prohibited from using single-use plastic bags with the aim to protect the Omani environment," the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs said in a statement.
“It’s such a huge endeavor to know how bad it is,” said Shawn Larson, curator of conservation research at the Seattle Aquarium. “We’re just starting to get a finger on the pulse.”
The South Asian nation was among the first countries to ban the use of plastic and polythene bags in an effort to stop them collecting in waterways and on land.
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