A study by the Indian wildlife conservation charity Wildlife SOS found that 75 percent of the bears' diet consisted of human food waste.
Eve Schaub and her family spent a year not throwing away their garbage. Here's how they did it.
Great white sharks have declined in population worldwide by between 30 and 49 percent in recent decades, in large part due to overfishing and fishing gear.
Microplastics accumulate up the food chain, increasing in concentration in predators compared with prey.
The shock findings emerged after scientists studied the impact of pollution in the West Pacific Kuril-Kamchatka Trench in the Pacific Ocean.
Migaloo, or "white fella," was first spotted in 1991 off Byron Bay, Australia, and is one of a few confirmed genetically albino humpback whales in the world.
"These are opportunities to learn what we can do to better protect whales, we don't have many opportunities to see and learn about orcas off the Oregon coast."
Chinese scientists have developed a small, self-propelled robot that can "swim" into the oceans' hard-to-reach spots and clean them up.
Viruses that cause sickness in humans can attach to microplastics, remaining infectious for much longer than they would otherwise.
New Zealander artist George Nuku has presented his latest work as an installation that imagines the state of the world's oceans 100 years in the future where plastics have totally changed the marine environment.
Shocking footage from company shows a Guatemalan beach completely engulfed in plastic waste.
The wrappings had 388 individual "substances of concern," including 352 known to be carcinogenic, mutagenic and toxic to reproduction, which are dubbed CMRs.
The report showed that a DNA study found bacteria and viruses from humans and animals on plastic that could potentially spread disease.
The poll also found that 47 percent of Americans would choose to buy recyclable products if given that option.
A report has revealed the petrochemical companies behind 90 per cent of the world's plastic waste, and the banks and financial institutions that fund them.
"We keep putting millions of tonnes of plastic into the ocean every year. This research shows that it is not going to stay there forever. The ocean is giving it back to us," said researcher Steve Allen.
It is estimated that around eight million tonnes of plastic makes its way into the planet's oceans every year.
The results of the study question the widely held assumption that most plastic debris at sea comes from land-based sources, the authors say.
Plastic fragments are frequently ingested by a wide range of marine animals that often mistake the substance for food.
"It's highly likely that any pollution that impacts the health of soil fauna, such as earthworms, may have cascading effects on other aspects of the soil ecosystem, such as plant growth," researcher Connor Russell said.
After 76 days, Antonio de la Rosa arrived in Honolulu on Saturday in his motorless rig. "My arms and my legs are my motor," said the 50-year-old Spaniard.
Each week, students at the Akshar Foundation School in Assam are asked to bring in 25 recyclable plastic items, which are then transformed into low-cost, durable construction material.
Nara park is home to more than 1,000 free-roaming sika deer which have been designated a national treasure and are even considered sacred by some.
Thousands of tons of plastic "recycling" have been sent to Malaysia from the U.S., the U.K., Australia, Europe, Japan and elsewhere. It's time these nations stepped up to help deal with their own waste.
"The problem in the end is that this plastic will accumulate in the tissues of fish, will diffuse its toxic products and we will eat these fish," said a member of a local French marine association.
Alabama moves to prohibit bans on plastic bags and single-use containers.
The innovative Recycled Park Project aims to catch plastic waste before it enters the sea and convert it into floating island parks that are run by local communities.
Around the world, one million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute. Up to five trillion disposable plastic bags are used every year.