High levels of hazardous chemicals found in plastics collected from Lake Geneva
A survey of Lake Geneva, conducted by scientists at the University of Geneva and the University of Plymouth, finds it contains a wide range of plastic pollution -- some of which could be decades old
Microbeads in cosmetics might already be on the way out, new research suggests
Research by scientists at the University of Plymouth has suggested microbeads used in cosmetic products may have been completely eradicated. The findings are announced on the day a Government ban on the use of microbeads comes into force
Plastic pollution and the planet
Richard Thompson, Head of the International Marine Litter Research Unit at the University of Plymouth, writes about the threat posed by plastic pollution to our environment and how Blue Planet II has helped to raise public awareness of the problem
Plastics in the marine environment
Plymouth University research in plastics in the marine environment
Reduction in use welcome but more legislation required to solve waste problem
Plymouth University news: In the wake of Tesco’s announcement that plastic bag use has dropped 78% in its stores since 5p charges were introduced, a leading scientist says more work is needed to address the issue of plastic litter in the environment
New study reveals the global impact of debris on marine life
Plymouth University news: A study by two researchers in the Marine Institute has found that 693 species have been affected by marine debris through entanglement, ingestion and other harmful effects.
Microplastics in the ocean
Plymouth University research news: A case study from the Research Excellence Framework looking at the work of Professor Richard Thompson, and his investigation of the threat of microplastics in the ocean.