plastic pollution

Various types and sizes of plastics collected from the Kinnickinnic River, Milwaukee, WI. Photo: S. Mason, State University of New York at Fredonia. Public domain. Source: USGS.

Tracking Plastic in the Air

Elizabeth Borneman

Approximately 1,100 tons of microplastics are thought to be floating in the air above the Western United States

Plastic trash bag on the ocean floor.

80% of Plastic in the Ocean Comes From 1,656 Rivers

Caitlin Dempsey

A team of researchers analyzed where geographically rivers are the biggest sources of plastic pollution entering the ocean.

Various types and sizes of plastics collected from the Kinnickinnic River, Milwaukee, WI. Photo: S. Mason, State University of New York at Fredonia. Public domain. Source: USGS.

This Newly Identified Strain of Bacteria Eats Rarely Recycled Plastic

Elizabeth Borneman

Scientists have identified a strain of bacterium that is able to break down plastic and use that plastic as its food source.

With the Help of GPS Trackers, 40 Tons of Trash is Removed from the Pacific Ocean

Caitlin Dempsey

Ocean Voyages Institute (OVI), a nonprofit, recently collected 40 tons of trash from the Pacific Gyre.

This Remote Island Has the Highest Density of Trash in the World

Caitlin Dempsey

The remote island of Henderson Island is accumulating trash at a rate of 26.8 items per day. With over 671.6 items of debris per square meter along its beaches, this island has the highest density of trash in the world.

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