What impact are plastic particles having on our rivers and lakes? A team of researchers in Germany is trying to find out whether their presence can be traced back to the beginning of the plastics era in the 1950s.
Fashion firms are tapping into growing public outrage at plastic pollution by offering snazzy garments made from old water bottles and other waste. But will it catch on — and can it make a difference?
Five of the G7 nations, without the US and Japan, have agreed to an ocean plastics charter. But will such non-binding measures be enough for the world's industrialized countries to beat plastic pollution together?
Microplastics locked up in the Arctic will be re-released into the world's oceans as climate change melts sea ice. Such plastic pollution could have broad consequences for marine — and human — life.
This Earth Day, activists are calling for an end to plastic pollution. DW has been following the impacts of disposable plastic and efforts to do away with it — by everyone from artists to policymakers.
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