Do microplastics harm humans?

About 8 million metric tons of plastic waste winds up in the oceans every year—bottles, bags and doo-dads that eventually break down into tiny pieces, called microplastics. These inedible bits have now been found in human ...

Plastic pollution causes mussels to lose grip

A new study shows that microplastics are affecting the ability of mussels to attach themselves to their surroundings—potentially having a devastating impact on ocean ecosystems as well as a worldwide industry worth between ...

Determining the composition of microplastic in water

Physicists from Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University have developed and applied a method of identifying microplastic collected in sea waters. The spectroscopy method determines the chemical composition of contaminants ...

How dangerous is microplastic?

After alarming reports of microplastic pollution in oceans and beaches, the global scientific community intensified its focus into this area. Researchers have since found evidence of microplastic contamination everywhere—in ...

Study shows how mussels handle microplastic fiber pollution

New research shows that mussels readily take in microplastic pollution fibers from the ocean but quickly flush most of them out again, according to a study by researchers from Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. The findings ...

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