Comic Relief gets a sniff of sustainability with plant-based red nose

The move follows the charity receiving letters and emails from hundreds of school children calling for a more environmentally-friendly red nose

The small island state of Aldabra requires $4.68m to clean up plastic pollution

The UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Seychelles is still host to 513 tonnes of plastic waste, made up largely of buoys, ropes, fishing nets and flipflops

Your seafood platter might contain a hidden ingredient – plastic

Researchers from the University of Exeter and the University of Queensland studied five different kinds of seafood and found traces of plastic in every sample

‘Technologies to clean plastic waste from ocean surface won’t work’

Scientists say newly announced devices to skim rubbish from the top of the world’s seas won’t have any significant impact in cleaning up pollution

Microplastics found in guts of sharks off UK coast

Microplastic and other man-made fibre particles were found in 67% of the creatures studied

‘Parts of the Thames see 94,000 microplastic particles flow through water every second’

Three separate studies have found high levels of microplastics are impacting the river, seriously affecting its inhabitants, habitats, water column and shoreline

Tyre particles ‘are a major source of pollution in the UK’s rivers and oceans’

That’s the conclusion reached in a new report from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and the University of Plymouth, which suggests tyres are a previously largely unrecorded source of microplastics in the marine environment

‘Only 1% of the plastic waste in the world’s oceans is immediately visible’

That’s the warning from Elda Miramontes. Junior Professor of Sedimentology at the University of Bremen

Marine Protected Areas ‘just as polluted as many other beaches’

Public littering has been identified as the main source of plastic pollution in or near England’s Marine Protected Areas

US announces $25m for R&D in plastic recycling

The funding is part of the US Government’s Plastics Innovation Challenge aimed to accelerate innovations in plastics recycling technologies