Plastic waste

Up to 11 million tonnes of plastic pollution is sitting on the ocean floor

Ocean floor a 'reservoir' for plastic pollution, world-first study finds.

Upcycling hard-to-recycle plastics into useful material

Rice lab turned wind turbine material into a useful semiconductor.

Plastic-eating fungi thriving in plastisphere offer exciting possibilities for tackling global waste

Unique ecological niche identified for the first time dubbed ‘terrestrial plastisphere’.

Nano-plastics disrupt the growth of the heart, eyes, and nervous system

Malformations in heart, eyes and nervous system.

AWI researchers have analyzed the origins of plastic debris in the Arctic

The findings show that even prosperous industrialised countries make significant contributions.

Satellites can be used to identify waste sites on Earth

A new computational system uses satellite data to identify sites on land where people dispose of waste, providing a new tool to monitor waste...

Microbes in cow stomachs can help break down plastic

An eco-friendly way to reduce litter.

New way to make compostable plastics break down more easily

Solving a problem that has flummoxed the plastics industry and environmentalists.

Microplastics are more ubiquitous than science had known

Scientists find microplastics everywhere.

Upcycling PET plastic waste into a nanomaterial for supercapacitors

The breakthrough could reduce plastic pollution and hasten the transition to 100% clean energy.

Highest levels of microplastic ever recorded on the seafloor

More than 10 million tons of plastic waste enters the oceans every year. Floating plastic waste at sea has attracted the public's interest on...

How submarine sediment avalanches transport microplastics into the deep ocean?

Much of the macro- and microplastic in the ocean ends up on the seafloor, with some of the highest concentrations reported in submarine canyons...

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