A new study from Australia shows that larvae of the darkling beetle can eat polystyrene — the material behind plastic foam.
A local artist is turning the mountains of plastic garbage that wash up on beaches into dramatic sculptures of the very marine life threatened by the deluge of plastics.
Four months into its testing phase, the Ocean Cleanup's plastic-catching device isn't catching as much plastic as intended.
Plastic trash less than 5 millimeters long is in the things we eat and drink, and the air we breathe. Scientists are just beginning to study where it comes from and how it might affect our health.
McDonald's also says it will test alternatives to plastic straws in some restaurants in the U.S. and several other countries later this year.
Last week, dozens of plastic bags were pulled from the stomach of a whale that researchers found washed ashore in Thailand.
As awareness grows about the environmental toll of single-use plastics, U.S. retailers and regulators alike are finding ways to decrease their use. And straws have become a prime target.
Scientists predict that plastic in the ocean will eventually outweigh the fish there. Where is it all coming from? And is it making our food unsafe? Researchers are trying to find the answers.
Researchers found more than 17 tons of plastic debris on an uninhabited South Pacific island. It's some 3,000 miles from the nearest big city, but ocean currents bring a steady supply of trash.
Tiny creatures in the Mariana Trench have high levels of industrial contamination. The new findings suggest that even Earth's most remote locales feel the effects of human beings.