Plastic rain: How thousands of tonnes of microplastics are falling to earth

A new study sheds light on the huge volume of unseen plastics and the distances they are travelling in the atmosphere. The UK government positioned itself as a ‘world leader’ in tackling plastic pollution when introducing its ban on microbeads in 2018, but is it going far enough? asks Conor McGlone

by Conor McGlone
Thousands of tonnes of plastic is raining down on protected areas of the US such as the Grand Canyon. Photograph: Nadia Naydenova/500px/Getty Images
Thousands of tonnes of plastic is raining down on protected areas of the US such as the Grand Canyon. Photograph: Nadia Naydenova/500px/Getty Images

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