A plastic bottle is seen floating in an Adriatic sea off the island Mljet, Croatia.
Plastic pollution is so widespread in the environment that you may be ingesting five grams a week, the equivalent of eating a credit card, a study commissioned by the environmental charity WWF International said on Wednesday.
The study by Australia's University of Newcastle said the largest source of plastic ingestion was drinking water, but another major source was shellfish, which tended to be eaten whole so the plastic in their digestive system was consumed too.
"Since 2000, the world has produced as much plastic as all the preceding years combined, a third of which is leaked into nature," the report said.
The amount of plastic pollution varies by location, but nowhere is untouched, said the report, which was based on the conclusions of 52 other studies.
In the United States, 94.4% of tap water samples contained plastic fibres, with an average of 9.6 fibres per litre. European water was less polluted, with fibres showing up in only 72.2% of water samples, and only 3.8 fibres per litre.
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Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday declared the Ebola virus disease outbreak in Congo a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).
Lille in the north, Nantes in the west, Grenoble in the southeast and the central city of Clermont-Ferrand joined Paris in implementing the ban, citing the need to safeguard biodiversity and public health.
Romania's autumn fairs are a loud, colourful reminder that summer has come to an end. And for many families in poorer areas of the country, they are one of the few affordable events of the year.
Mark and Juliane Pokini and their son, Loihi, applied in December for the Guinness recognition involving an arduous verification process by the company known as the chronicler of the world's record achievements.
California will be the first state to ban the sale and manufacture of new fur products and the third to bar most animals from circus performances under a pair of bills signed Saturday by Gov. Gavin Newsom.