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Full scale of plastic in the world's oceans revealed for first time
Over five trillion pieces of plastic are floating in our oceans says most comprehensive study to date on plastic pollution around the world. Learn more.
ANSTO plastic trawling from Hobart to Sydney
ANSTO has been involved in a plastic trawling expedition from Hobart to Sydney researching the impact of plastics on pelagic birds and the marine ecosystem. Learn more.
Citizen science expedition
ANSTO scientists joined teachers, community members, councillors and MP’s on a citizen science expedition on the Port Hacking, trawling for plastics under the surface of the river. Learn more.
Pursuing plastic pollution at the atomic level
Plastic pollution is finding its way into the tissues of marine wildlife. Although many environmental risks of plastic have long been known, analysis by ANSTO has detected chemicals from plastic pollution in the feathers of seabirds. Learn more.
Seabird study gauges impact of plastic
What does the flesh-footed sheerwater bird have in common with nuclear science? Both have a part to play in a study examining the effect of plastics on our oceans, our marine life and ultimately our entire environment. Learn more.
Concerns over microplastics in the food chain
Tiny pieces of plastic found in cosmetics, cleaning products and toothpastes may be a ticking time bomb. The so-called micro plastics are increasingly making their way into water supplies, sparking concerns they may travel up the food chain to humans. Learn more.
Prof Richard Banati and a team of scientists are trawling the harbour for plastic debris to understand how plastics break down in the marine environment and the impact they have on maritime species and the food chain. Learn more.
Toxic effects of ocean plastic far greater than previously thought
Recent research indicates plastic is having a far more toxic effect on seabirds than first understood. Learn more.
Microplastic contamination discovered at the bottom of Sydney Harbour
The bottom of Sydney Harbour has been contaminated by widespread microplastic pollution which could be entering the food chain, scientists say. Learn more.
The science is in: the solution to pollution is not dilution
Nuclear science techniques have been used to show the extent of plastic pollution in the marine food chain based on analysis of seabird feather samples. Learn more.
New research reveals how pervasive plastics invade the food chain
New research has shown plastics are entering into living beings on the molecular level, which he has implications for how we use and dispose of these ubiquitous materials. Learn more.
Dead bird's 'not just a freak event'
At Lord Howe Island this month, 200 shearwater birds washed up for the first time in many years, Monash University seabird biologist Jennifer Lavers said. Learn more.
Your planet needs you: 10 ways to help
Living sustainably helps our health, our environment, and connects us with our community and ourselves. Here are 10 tips to help bolster the planet's health and foster wellbeing. Learn more.
Rising plastic menace choking sealife
The amount of plastic pollution in the Pacific Ocean has reached alarming levels, drastically impacting seabird populations, according to a new study. Learn more
A birds feather can tell us whether their health should be better
Australian scientists using brand new techniques to study the shearwater seabird have made stunning discoveries about the ongoing impact that plastics in the water can have on marine life. Learn more.