How Plastic Became a Plague



Special Report

Special Report

Plastic pollution, including tiny bits known as microplastic, permeate the environment, posing a threat to human and planetary health



Trillions of tiny particles generated by our plastic-reliant society are polluting environments worldwide

August 13, 2018 — Andrea Thompson



Tiny bits of plastic have seeped into soil, fish and air, posing a threat to animal and human health

September 4, 2018 — Andrea Thompson



New practices, and new chemistries, are needed to end the scourge

November 12, 2018 — Andrea Thompson

Microplastics stay in the insects’ bodies from larva to adulthood

September 19, 2018 — Andrea Thompson

Atmospheric currents are transporting plastic pollution into remote, pristine areas, showing the global nature of the problem

April 15, 2019 — Andrea Thompson

It's time for politicians and CEOs to step up and take action

October 10, 2017 — Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

Wastewater contains billions of lenses, which eventually make their way into the environment

August 20, 2018 — Keridwen Cornelius

It’s a lie that wasteful consumers cause the problem and that changing our individual habits can fix it

July 6, 2018 — Matt Wilkins

An onslaught of bottles, bags and other litter makes reefs 20 times more likely to get sick. Scientists are scrambling to learn why  

January 30, 2018 — Andrea Thompson

The Yangtze alone pours up to an estimated 1.5 million metric tons into the Yellow Sea

February 1, 2018 — Prachi Patel

María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés is pushing internal action as well as changes within the U.N.

May 10, 2019 — Andrea Thompson

Policies need to address a deeper, more systemic failure of global recycling systems 

June 1, 2019 — THE EDITORS

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