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Tel Aviv beaches fall foul in Israel's passion for plastic

Aug 24, 2019 - 6:00 PM

A June report by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) ranks Tel Aviv's coastline as the third most polluted by plastic waste in the Mediterranean, behind Barcelona and southern Turkey

A plastic cup left behind by beachgoers is pictured on the sand on a beach in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on June 21, 2019. A report in June 2019 by the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) ranked Tel Aviv's coastline as the third most polluted by plastic waste in the Mediterranean, behind Barcelona and Turkey’s Cilicia region.  JACK GUEZ / AFP

Microplastics in drinking water not a health risk for now – WHO

Aug 22, 2019 - 11:20 AM

The World Health Organization says: 'We urgently need to know more about the health impact of microplastics because they are everywhere – including in our drinking water'

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Microplastics in Arctic snow point to widespread air contamination

Aug 16, 2019 - 12:59 PM

'It's readily apparent that the majority of the microplastic in the snow comes from the air,' says a study. It found that microplastic particles can be transported tremendous distances through the atmosphere.

n this August 4, 2017, image courtesy of the Alfred Wegener Institute, scientists from the institute use the helicopter from the icebreaker research vessel Polarstern to collect snow samples in the Arctic. Minute microplastic particles have been detected in the Arctic and the Alps, carried by the wind and later washed out in the snow, according to a study that called for urgent research to assess the health risks of inhalation. Every year, several million tonnes of plastic litter course through rivers and out to the oceans, where they are gradually broken down into smaller fragments through the motion of waves and the ultraviolet light of the Sun. The new study, conducted by scientists at Germany's Alfred Wegener Institute and Switzerland's Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research, found that microplastic particles can be transported tremendous distances through the atmosphere. Kajetan Deja / Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Helmhol / AFP

Searching for the source of microplastics in European rivers

Jun 22, 2019 - 7:24 PM

Around 8 million tons of plastic end up in the world's oceans every year

Greenpeace sounds alarm over plastic pollution in UK rivers

Jun 20, 2019 - 7:48 AM

'We are witnessing just the tip of a plastics iceberg,' it said.

Humans consume 'tens of thousands' of plastic pieces each year

Jun 05, 2019 - 11:36 PM

'The most effective way to reduce human consumption of microplastics will likely be to reduce the production and use of plastics,' authors of a recent study say

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Microplastics are getting into mosquitoes and contaminating new food chains

Sep 22, 2018 - 2:30 PM

By studying mosquitoes, we have found a previously unknown way for plastic to pollute the environment and contaminate the food chain

CARRIER. Mosquitoes carry microplastics too. khlungcenter/Shutterstock

We are guinea pigs in a worldwide experiment on microplastics

Aug 18, 2018 - 9:30 AM

Are these tiny pieces of plastic damaging our bodies?

MICROPLASTICS. Microplastics in the Mediterranean Sea. By Dirk Wahn/shutterstock.com

Tiny plastic particles from clothing, tires clogging oceans – report

Feb 22, 2017 - 8:53 AM

IUCN found that in many developed countries in North America and Europe tiny plastic particles are in fact a bigger source of marine plastic pollution than plastic waste

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Fears over plastic-eating coral in Australia's Barrier Reef

Feb 24, 2015 - 2:30 PM

The scientists found that when they placed corals from the reef into plastic contaminated water the marine life ate plastic at rates only slightly lower than their normal rate of feeding on marine plankton

The Great Barrier Reef. Photo courtesy of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park