Plastic from Almaciga Beach, on the north coast of the Canary Island of TenerifeImage copyright
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Plastic from Almaciga Beach, on the north coast of the Canary Island of Tenerife

Microplastics are found everywhere on Earth, yet we know surprisingly little about what risks they pose to living things. Scientists are now racing to investigate some of the big unanswered questions.

Daniella Hodgson is digging a hole in the sand on a windswept beach as seabirds wheel overhead. “Found one,” she…



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