Plastic and other waste found in British mussels

Researchers have found tiny pieces of plastic in all the samples of mussels they tested in British seawaters and bought from local supermarkets.

The scientists, from the University of Hull and Brunel University, said the contamination from microplastics and other human debris, such as cotton and rayon, was significant and widespread.

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Microplastics are ‘littering’ riverbeds

Microscopic plastic beads, fragments and fibres are littering riverbeds across the UK – from rural streams to urban waterways.

This is according to a study that analysed sediments from rivers in north-west England.

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War on plastic may do more harm than good, warns think tank

A green think tank has warned of the risk of unintended consequences from the wave of concern about plastics.

The Green Alliance, a parliamentary group, said plastics played a valuable role and couldn’t be simply abolished. It wants to transform the notion of a “War on Plastics” into a “War on Plastic Litter”. The group – like many environmentalists – gave a grudging welcome to Chancellor Philip Hammond’s call for evidence on taxes on single use plastics.

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