Is that cod or haddock in your takeaway fish and chips? Photograph: iStock.

It might be unappetising to think, as you’re tucking into succulent prawn balls or traditional fish and chips, that nearly 40 per cent of the fish stu(...)

Researchers noted that European production of non-woven textiles for hygiene and sanitary products – those that frequently cause blockages in sewage systems – exceeded 1m tonnes in 2016. File photograph: iStock

Half of wet-wipe brands labelled “flushable” are found to contain harmful plastic microfibres that end up in Irish waters, a new study has found. The(...)

Researchers noted that European production of non-woven textiles for hygiene and sanitary products – those that frequently cause blockages in sewage systems – exceeded 1m tonnes in 2016.

Half of wet-wipe brands labelled “flushable” are found to contain harmful plastic microfibres that end up in Irish waters, a new study has found. Th(...)

Nephrops prawn: more than 80 per cent of them collected in the Clyde firth in Scotland and surrounding sea lochs had eaten plastic, including monofilament line and fragments of plastic bags. Illustration: Michael Viney Nephrops prawn: more than 80 per cent of them collected in the Clyde firth in Scotland and surrounding sea lochs had eaten plastic, including monofilament line and fragments of plastic bags. Illustration: Michael Viney

It’s a good 15 years since I first took note of nurdles – a nonsense name for an insidious substance. Feather-light, translucent beads of polypropylen(...)

Rubbish dumped at a beach in Wicklow. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Northern Ireland’s beaches were the most littered in the UK last year, a survey showed. The amount of rubbish per kilometre of sand, 8,22(...)

Overflowing sewerage pipes and increased discharge from farm waste have been blamed for bacterial pollution at Newcastle beach in Co Down.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The quality of water at one of Northern Ireland ’s most popular seaside resorts is among the worst in Europe, environmentalists warned today.(...)