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Microplastics found in human blood for first time: Explained what it is and how it can affect us
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Microplastics found in human blood for first time: Explained what it is and how it can affect us

Microplastics, one of the major sources of plastic pollution, have been found in human blood for the first time. A team of scientists from the Netherlands found microscopic particles of plastic in 80 per cent of the test samples

UN passes historic resolution to end plastic pollution: What does it mean, why this is a need of the hour
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UN passes historic resolution to end plastic pollution: What does it mean, why this is a need of the hour

The landmark resolution addresses the full lifecycle of plastic, including its production, design and disposal. The resolution calls for immediate collective voluntary action by countries towards the goal of ending plastic pollution

From mountains to oceans: Plastic pollution exceeds Earth's safe limit
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From mountains to oceans: Plastic pollution exceeds Earth's safe limit

Scientists have warned that 14 million tonnes of plastic end up in oceans every year and only less than 10 per cent of the world's plastic waste is recycled

'Deluge of waste': United States is world's biggest plastic polluter, finds report
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'Deluge of waste': United States is world's biggest plastic polluter, finds report

On average, every American generates 130 kilograms (286 pounds) of plastic waste per year, with Britain next on the list at 99 kilos per person per year, followed by South Korea at 88 kilos per year.

Explained: How COVID-19 contributed to plastic pollution and overwhelmed waste management system
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Explained: How COVID-19 contributed to plastic pollution and overwhelmed waste management system

In the past year, in the midst of an unfolding catastrophe like the coronavirus pandemic, we've also added more plastic to our daily use: PPE kits, gloves, face shields, N95 masks

COVID exposed the broken system of the plastic production and recycling sector: Here’s how we can fix it
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COVID exposed the broken system of the plastic production and recycling sector: Here’s how we can fix it

Since before the pandemic, governments worldwide have shown a tendency to seek quick-fix solutions to plastic pollution in order to signal a decisive stance on sustainability.

Insidious danger: Microplastics have made their way to the remotest corners of earth
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Insidious danger: Microplastics have made their way to the remotest corners of earth

Even pristine rain and snow now contain a cocktail of different types of microplastics, chemicals, natural and artificial particles

Cost of cleaning up plastic pollution around the world in 2019 amounted to $3.7 trillion: WWF report
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Cost of cleaning up plastic pollution around the world in 2019 amounted to $3.7 trillion: WWF report

WWF said societies were "unknowingly subsiding" plastic, with their estimates for the lifetime costs of 2019 production equivalent to more than India's GDP.

Migratory animals are 'most vulnerable' to plastic pollution, microplastics finds UN Asia-Pacific regional report
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Migratory animals are 'most vulnerable' to plastic pollution, microplastics finds UN Asia-Pacific regional report

Researchers cited estimates that 80 percent of the plastic that ends up in the oceans originates on land -- with rivers thought to play a key role in carrying debris out to sea.

UN exhibition showcases 28 images of plastic pollution around the world
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UN exhibition showcases 28 images of plastic pollution around the world

Plastic waste can take anywhere from 20 to 500 years to decompose, and even then, it never fully disappears; it just gets smaller and smaller.

One thousand rivers account for nearly 80 percent of plastic carried into oceans: Study
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One thousand rivers account for nearly 80 percent of plastic carried into oceans: Study

The top five plastic emitting countries are all located in Asia - the Philippines, India, Malaysia, China, and Indonesia.

Plastic pollution: How can chemical recycling technology help fix this global issue?
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Plastic pollution: How can chemical recycling technology help fix this global issue?

Plastics are here to stay and production expected to exceed one billion tonnes by 2050, chemical recycling is promising.

Microplastics in treatment plants becomes hubs for antibiotic-resistant bacteria: Study
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Microplastics in treatment plants becomes hubs for antibiotic-resistant bacteria: Study

The plastic particles allow the formation of a slimy layer on their surface which allows bacteria and antibiotic waste to attach and mingle.

Plastic pollution: What happens to the plastic after it enters the ocean?
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Plastic pollution: What happens to the plastic after it enters the ocean?

Around ten million tonnes enter the ocean, but scientists estimate that only about 0.3 million tonnes of plastic is floating at the ocean surface.

Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestlé are named world's top plastic polluters for third year in a row
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Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestlé are named world's top plastic polluters for third year in a row

The top three plastic polluters India this year according to data received from 2018 - 2020 is Tamil Nadu Co-operative Milk Producers' Federation Ltd, Unilever and Britannia.

Many human organs are vulnerable to microplastics in the environment, new study demonstrates
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Many human organs are vulnerable to microplastics in the environment, new study demonstrates

The researchers highlight that there is still much than needs to be studied around how plastic impacts humans.

Where are the airborne plastics? Scientists find they are in the air we breath, the wind and the skies
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Where are the airborne plastics? Scientists find they are in the air we breath, the wind and the skies

Microplastics equivalent to123 million and 300 million plastic bottles rain down in America's western national parks and wilderness areas.

Worming our way out of plastic pollution might get easier with these creepy crawlies
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Worming our way out of plastic pollution might get easier with these creepy crawlies

The problem of the earth's plastic pollution is too large and complex to simply throw worms at.

6 ways to reduce the number of microplastics that enter your body daily
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6 ways to reduce the number of microplastics that enter your body daily

The average person ingests at least 50,000 particles of microplastic a year, a recent study has suggested.

Exposure to microplastics can effect the growth of marine life, esp in coastal areas
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Exposure to microplastics can effect the growth of marine life, esp in coastal areas

The ingestion of microplastics or particles of plastic smaller than five millimetres impedes the normal growth of fish larvae