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Microplastics – News and Features

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Common Source of Drinking Water Contaminated with Microplastics

A new study is the first to report microplastics in fractured limestone aquifers – a groundwater source that accounts for 25 % of the global drinking water supply.
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Poor Awareness of "Hidden" Plastics in Products

More needs to be done to raise awareness of the amount of plastic contained in commonly-used menstrual products.
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How Much of a Danger are Microplastics?

Researchers have developed new analytical methods for the identification and quantification of microplastic.
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Plastic's Problems Multiply as they Break Down

There is a considerable risk that plastic waste in the environment releases nano-sized particles known as nanoplastics.
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Are Mussels Really Good Indicators of Ocean Pollution?

Evidence suggests that mussels are not a robust indicator of microplastics in the marine environment because of their inherent ability to selectively feed, making them very picky eaters.
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Microplastics Found in Human Stools for First Time

A pilot study identified microplastics in human stools for the first time – in all of eight international participants.
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Plastic Pollution Spread Inside Flying Insects

Plastic has found a previously unknown pathway to pollute the environment and enter the food chain by getting inside flying insects that lay their eggs in water.
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Contact Lenses are Costing the Environment

Scientists report that throwing contact lenses down the drain at the end of their use could be contributing to microplastic pollution in waterways.
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Degrading Plastics Release Greenhouse Gases

Several greenhouse gases are emitted as common plastics degrade in the environment, according to new research.
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Team Work Helps Overcome Environmental Challenges

We spoke to Andrew Howley from Adventure Scientists,a pioneering not-for-profit organization that seeks to unite skilled adventurers with scientists keen to receive valuable data from remote areas, to learn more about the initiative and the impact their projects are having in the scientific community and beyond.
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