Microplastics Are Filling the Skies. Will They Affect the Climate?

Recent studies reveal that tiny pieces of plastic are constantly lofted into the atmosphere. These particles can travel thousands of miles and affect the formation of clouds, which means they have the potential to impact temperature, rainfall, and even climate change. Plastic has become an obvious pollutant over recent decades,Continue Reading

How I Keep My Family, Baby Safe From Toxic Microplastics

This is an as-told-to-essay based on a conversation with Laura Hardman, 33, the mother of a 5-month-old and the director of the Ocean Wise Plastic Initiative at the Ocean Wise Plastic Lab in Vancouver, Canada. Hardman does research on microplastics — tiny pieces of plastic debris that are broken downContinue Reading

Microplastics in Auckland's air equal to 3 million plastic bottles a year

Graphical abstract. Credit: Environmental Science & Technology (2022). DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.2c05850 Researchers from the University of Auckland calculated that 74 metric tons of microplastics are dropping out of the atmosphere onto the city annually, the equivalent of more than 3 million plastic bottles falling from the sky. The study, published inContinue Reading

URI Team Studying Microplastics in Rhode Island Waters

CHARLESTOWN, R.I. – Researchers from the University of Rhode Island are collecting and analyzing microplastics in Narragansett Bay, coastal ponds, Worden and Roger Williams Park freshwater ponds, and the Blackstone River, to determine which types of plastics are most prevalent and where most of them are found. At an Aug.Continue Reading

Environmentalists say policies limiting single-use plastics are necessary to curb NC’s growing microplastics problem | State and Regional News

An environmental advocacy group in Durham has been pushing for a countywide proposal to put a 10-cent fee on single-use plastic bags. Activists across the state have been eagerly watching to see if Durham’s local government officials will move forward on what would be the only policy on the booksContinue Reading