Tiny bits have been found in every sample of Arctic sea ice collected. But the ice can only hold these indestructible pollutants for so long.
The nearly indestructible bits are now present in every liter of ocean water and could pose a threat to life as great as climate change.
An investigation by Orb Media finds that microplastic fibers exist in high levels in tap water around the world.
An environmental health expert warns that microplastic, long known to damage marine life, could be entering the air. And the consequences to the human body are unknown.
A new report by the World Economic Forum says 8 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean every year-- the equivalent of one garbage truckload of waste every minute. The report projects that by 2050, the weight of plastic in the seas will exceed that of the fish.
The ice patches due to melt will unleash an amount of plastic waste more than double the size of Texas.
Mother Jones reporter Mariah Blake tells Amy Goodman there is new research suggesting that even BPA-free plastics contain chemicals that can act like estrogen in the body and cause disease.
"Microbeads" -- bits of plastic no bigger than grains of salt, which absorb industrial toxins after being flushed down drains -- are floating along the Los Angeles River and into the Pacific Ocean.
A new film showing how Pacific albatrosses are falling prey to plastic trash promises to take you on a journey "through the eye of beauty, across an ocean of grief, and beyond."
Burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas is a disastrous waste of finite natural resources that prevents their use for the manufacture of fertilizer, medicines, clothing and other vital goods.