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Microplastics – News and Features

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The Average Person Consumes Over 70,000 Particles of Microplastics Per Year

Researchers estimate that the average American consumes more than 70,000 particles of microplastics per year, though the health effects of that consumption are unclear.
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How Fish Struggle With Environmental Hazards

Researchers are studying the effects of environmental toxins and elevated water temperatures on fish fertilization, as well as the role of microplastics in the food chain of fish.
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Cocaine, Pharmaceuticals and Pesticides Discovered in River Wildlife

For the first time, researchers at King’s, in collaboration with the University of Suffolk, have found a diverse array of chemicals, including illicit drugs and pesticides in UK river wildlife.
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Biodegradable Bags Can Still Hold Shopping After Three Years in Environment

Biodegradable and compostable plastic bags are still capable of carrying full loads of shopping after being exposed in the natural environment for three years, a new study shows.
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Wind Blows Microplastics Into Remote Mountain Regions

Samples collected over a five-month period from a secluded area of the Pyrenees mountains identified average daily counts of 365 deposits of microplastics per square meter in this remote region.
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Tracking the Sources of Plastic Pollution

Plastic pollution in the world’s oceans is now widely recognized as a major global challenge – but we still know very little about how these plastics are actually reaching the sea.
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Scouting Out Microparticles in the Battle With Microplastics

There are many reasons that one might want to detect microparticles in a sample, and equally many sources from which microparticles may be generated. Of growing interest recently is the identification of microplastics, not just in the environment but also in the food chain. We spoke to Harald Fischer, Marketing Director at WITec, about ParticleScout, their latest Raman-based solution for rapid identification of microparticles, and the role it can play in assisting microplastic studies.
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Revealing the Most Abundant Type of Microplastics in the Mediterranean Sea

Polyethylene, polypropylene and polystyrene are the most abundant microplastics in the Mediterranean coastal waters. Experts also identified for the first time, signs of plastic materials with marine origins –in particular, particles of ship paint.
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No Squid Were Harmed in the Making of This Film

The remarkable properties of a recently-discovered squid protein could revolutionize materials in a way that would be unattainable with conventional plastic.
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Unseen Plastic Pollution From Tiny Fibers

While the polyester leisure suit was a 1970s mistake, polyester and other synthetic fibers like nylon are still around and are a major contributor to the microplastics load in the environment.
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