large quantities of plastic – transported by rivers, the air and shipping- can now be found in the Arctic Ocean.
“Pharmaceuticals (medicines) are designed to have an effect on humans so it’s no surprise that they affect water organisms, too, and that could disturb the balance in ecosystems” – Dr Karin Helwig
“coming in past Shapinsay, trailing its plume of fumes behind it. Note the irony of the trail of fumes passing the wind turbine…..”
“Watching a recorded episode of QI, I learnt that there are 97 bags of human poo on the moon.”
Atlantic Puffins were found to be most affected by the issue, with 67% of the species’ nests including plastic.
The first synthetic polymer was invented in 1869 by John Wesley Hyatt, who was inspired by a New York firm’s offer of $10,000 for anyone who could provide a substitute for ivory.
Between 1990 and 2015 alone, an estimated 100 million metric tons of mostly plastic waste entered the oceans.
Forever Chemicals, or PFAS are a group of over 4,700 industrial chemicals, widely, and often unnecessarily, used in a variety of everyday products.
Thousands of tons of waste is being generated every day by PPE in household, care home and hospital settings.
Technology including the use of robots is aiding researchers in understanding daily habits of the endangered Mediterranean sperm whale.