Microplastics in freshwaters

As small as a grain of dust - but of great global significance. The word microplastics is familiar to many, but the dangers are virtually unexplored. In recent years, plastic pollution has become an ever-increasing burden on the environment. Countless videos and media reports draw attention to this problem. While the dangers of large plastic pieces for animals are impossible to overlook, there is practically nothing about the dangers posed by microplastics. But what is microplastics anyway? Phenomenon Microplastics Microplastics include plastic particles that are smaller than five millimeters. There are two types of microplastics: (i) plastic granules, which are used as starting material for the production of various plastic products, but also for cosmetics and household articles (primary microplastics) and (ii) plastic fragments, which are produced in the environment during the decomposition of larger plastic parts, e.g. due to weathering or mechanical stress (secondary microplastics). An important source o

Microplastics in freshwaters

Tue 14 May 19 from Phys.org

Microplastics in freshwaters

As small as a grain of dust - but of great global significance. The word microplastics is familiar to many, but the dangers are virtually unexplored. In recent years, plastic pollution has become ...

Mon 13 May 19 from AlphaGalileo

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