Sailing to the pacific ocean’s trash vortex

Now, ocean plastic pollution had its Frankenstein trash island. Sea captain Marcus Eriksen and surfer Charles Moore discovered the Pacific trash vortex and the island of floating trash.

U.N. report: little known about ocean plastic’s impact on human health

An FAO study finds that more than 100 commercial seafood species ingest microplastic, which can be contaminated with toxins. More worrying are the unknown health effects of even smaller nanoplastics.

Meet the brothers kayaking down the world's most polluted river

Plastic Bottle Citarum has been launched to help make people think about the dangers that pollution has on human health to inspire positive change.

Oceans Deeply talks: drowning in plastic

Oceans Deeply talks with experts about the plastic pollution that’s threatening the ocean: What we know, what we don’t know and, crucially, what we can do about it.

Just 10 river systems contribute up to 95 percent of plastic in oceans

We've known that the plastics we throw away — empty water bottles and grocery bags, for instance — pollute our oceans. Every year, about 8.8 million tons (8 million metric tons) of this material ends up in the deep blue sea, imperiling marine ecosystems.

New global study shows the production, use, and fate of all plastics ever made

A new global study published yesterday estimated that 8,300 million metric tons of plastics have been produced to date Ndthe vast majority has ended up in our environment.

Scientists have figured out how much plastic we’ve made since 1950. It’s not pretty.

In just 70 years, more than 8 billion metric tons of virgin plastics have been produced worldwide.

Plastic in the sea smells like food to fish, finds new study

Anchovies are falling into an 'evolutionary trap' created by vast amount of plastic waste being dumped in the sea.

How to reduce your plastic consumption & why you better start today

It's time to wake up to colossal and terrifying effects of plastic pollution.

Hunting for plastic in California’s protected ocean waters

Microplastics, which are too small for water systems to catch, have continued to flow straight into San Francisco Bay.

UN competition encourages student innovations to tackle plastic wastes in the ocean

UN Environment and Think Beyond Plastic, an innovation accelerator organization, have launched a worldwide innovation challenge for university students to fight plastic waste in oceans.

How three friends are turning plastic waste into a new retail brand

One of the hardest parts of building Nomadix has been reminding ourselves to slow down. We really want to be able to make the right decisions that align with our values, not just growth rates or profit margins.

This Pacific island is covered in 38 million pieces of trash — mostly plastic

Henderson Island is particularly hit by the plastic pollution because it’s located at the edge of the South Pacific gyre, an ocean current that tends to pick up trash.

In Pictures: Plastic pollution and our oceans

With millions of tons of plastic waste being dumped into the sea every year and barely any ocean area free of such pollutants, the environmental impact on marine life and species is tremendous. Take a look at the hazardous effects of plastic pollution on our oceans.

Corals keep a record of ocean pollution

Coral nitrogen analysis offers an independent measure of the effects of human activity on the ecosystem. Changes in nitrogen runoff are reflected in coral reef growth.

Plastic pollution doesn’t just make for an ugly beach day. It’s contaminating our food chain

In the two minutes it took you to read this article, more than 60,000 pounds of plastic were dumped into our oceans. That plastic could very well have profound health consequences for you and the ones you love.

Californians are recycling bottles less and less. Here's what's going on

In a state that prides itself as a global leader in protecting the environment, recycling rates for beverage containers have dropped to their lowest point amid the continued closure of centers that pay for bottles and cans and the fallout from changes to California's recycling program.

Is marine plastic pollution a threat to human heath?

Would you like a side of plastic with your fish dish? Well, you might get it whether you like it or not. Ocean plastic pollution is pervasive. Scientists are trying to figure out the impact on human health.

Pacific voyage reveals depth of plastic pollution crisis

The discovery of microplastics in deep water means scientists may have underestimated the extent to which plastic trash is contaminating the ocean – and its impact on fish, marine mammals and seabed dwellers.

The ocean is filling up with ‘Plastic Smog’

Every year, billions of pounds of plastic waste pour into our oceans. Used by humanity for a few minutes at most, these single-use plastics will likely stick around for decades, or longer.

15 ways to stop microfiber pollution now

Plastic fibers are now showing up in fish and shellfish sold in in California and Indonesia for human consumption. And one paper showed that microfibers are responsible for 85 percent of shoreline pollution across the globe. How can we stop this pollution?

World’s plastic waste could bury Manhattan 2 miles deep

Industry has made more than 9.1 billion tons of plastic since 1950 and there’s enough left over to bury Manhattan under more than two miles of trash, according to a new cradle-to-grave global study.

Plastic waste has gotten out of hand. Ban plastic foam take-out boxes

Disposable plastic waste has gotten way out of hand, and recycling programs don’t appear to be solving the problem. The conditions are ripe for another attempt to enact a statewide restriction on polystyrene takeout containers. Sen. Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) has written one, and lawmakers should pass it.

Aquariums pool resources to fight global plastic

The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach is teaming up with the Monterey Bay Aquarium and others to reduce or eliminate single-use plastics like straws and beverage bottles from their cafes and gift shops.

6 most common sources of plastic pollution

The 5 Gyres Institute has published a report called “The Plastics BAN List.” Its purpose is to assess which plastics are most damaging to human health and the environment. Plastic waste was collected and analyzed to see in which form it’s most commonly found, which toxic chemicals are used to create the plastics, and what recovery systems (i.e. recycling, composting, reuse) exist, if any.

Marine animals are drowning in plastic – urge congress to act against pollution

Every year, 8.8 million tons of plastic makes its way from land into the oceans, and studies now say that there will be more plastic than fish in these bodies of water by the year 2050. Already, massive plastic islands have formed in our seas.

A UK company is creating edible water blobs that it hopes will eradicate the world of plastic waste

A UK company has created a biodegradable alternative to plastic bottles which is currently crowdfunding on crowdcube. The product is a blob of water that's made from a seaweed extract, which is actually cheaper than plastic to manufacture.

Protecting our waterways from plastic pollution starts with your straw

Plastic production has skyrocketed since it’s popularization as a consumer material in the 1950’s. A 2015 Worldwatch Institute report noted that the relatively modest launching point of 1.7 million tons of plastic generated in 1950 has ballooned into 300 million tons in 2015.

Trillions of plastic bits, swept up by current, are littering arctic waters

A study published recently shows a major ocean current is carrying trillions of bits of plastic from the North Atlantic to the Greenland and Barents seas, and leaving them there — in surface waters, in sea ice and possibly on the ocean floor.

Millions of discarded flip flops posing huge hazard to ocean life

Each year, tons of flip flops wash up on East African coast, including Kenyan beaches like the one pictured, posing a risk to plant and animal life.

These caterpillars could eliminate plastic pollution

This would be the first of several major hurdles the scientists would need to clear, to scale plastic biodegradation beyond a caterpillar curiosity.

California legislature weighs 3 bills to reduce plastic pollution

State legislators are currently reviewing three bills aimed at reducing plastic pollution through recycling programs and bans.

Why is disposable plastic a problem?

50% of the plastic we use is only used once.In the US, a study indicated that 93% of people 6 years of age or older tested positive for BPA (Bisphenol-A, a chemical containing plastics).

Huge plastic waste footprint revealed

The top global firms in the world produces more than 20 million bottles year — the weight of approximately 10,000 blue whales.

The plastic plague: Can our oceans be saved from environmental ruin?

Approximately eight million tons of plastic enter oceans every year. Experts believe that there will be more plastic than fish in oceans by 2050.

Why is plastic harmful?

Plastic is a material made to last forever, yet 33 percent of all plastic - water bottles, bags and straws - are used just once and thrown away. Plastic cannot biodegrade; it breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces.

10 ways to reduce plastic pollution - help keep our marine life from eating and swimming in garbage

The best thing we can do to protect our waterways is try to keep as much plastic as possible out of the waste stream in the first place. There are many small ways you can have a big impact.

Video captures moment plastic enters food chain

A scientist has filmed the moment plastic microfiber is ingested by plankton, illustrating how the material is affecting life beneath the waves.

Plastic from tyres 'major source' of ocean pollution

Particles of debris from car types are ending up in the ocean as "plastic soup", conservationists warn.

Do you live near toxic waste? See 1,317 of the most polluted spots in the U.S.

With 98 Superfund sites in California and more than 1,300 across the country, Americans are suffering from exposure to toxic wastes and chemicals.

Ocean plastic pollution at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

There is currently a dire plastic pollution problem. If nothing is done, researchers predict there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050.

Fish eat plastic like teens eat fast food, researchers say

Study shows that some fish are being attracted to eating plastic and scientists have found lower levels of hatch rates among plastic polluted waters.

How plastic ends up in our seafood and what you can do about it

A walkthrough on how fish sold in markets have human-made debris inside them and how there are indirect environmental consequences to our everyday lives.