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Sustainability Science Capstone Workshop Investigates Microplastics in the Hudson River

A student group examined the types of microplastics entering the river, and created a way for citizen scientists to help with the research.

by |June 17, 2020

More Plastic Is On the Way: What It Means for Climate Change

Fossil fuel companies are ramping up production of virgin plastics, with huge potential consequences for climate and the environment.

by |February 20, 2020
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New Citizen Science Project Asks: Is It Snowing Plastics?

The PlastiX-Snow project will track microplastics that contaminate Earth’s most remote and pristine locations.

by |December 20, 2019
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Washing Laundry May Be An Underappreciated Source of Microplastic Pollution

A student research project unveils that tiny plastics in laundry detergents and fabrics could potentially have a big impact on ocean health.

by |August 22, 2019

What You Can Do to Fight Plastic Pollution

Plastic pollution can feel overwhelming, but here are some concrete actions we can all take to make a difference.

by |May 11, 2018

New York’s Waterways Are Swimming in Plastic Microbeads

Plastic microbeads, common in soap, toothpaste and other consumer products, are flooding waters. A team from Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory is doing the first large-scale assessment of their impact on New York’s waterways.

by |August 16, 2017