Microplastics Can Transport Parasites to Oceans, Impacting Wildlife and Humans

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Microplastics are a pathway for pathogens on land to reach the ocean. The study, published today in the journal Scientific Reports, is the first to connect microplastics in the ocean with land-based pathogens.

Using microbes to remove microplastics

Envirotec Magazine

Researchers at Hong Kong Polytechnic University have developed a seemingly new technique to trap and recover microplastics. The method uses bacterial biofilms, a sticky substance created by micro-organisms, to trap microplastic particles.

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Microplastics plus organic pollutants equals 10 times the toxicity: study

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The researchers found that some “weathered” microplastics tended to absorb and release more contaminants than pristine microplastics, posing a threat to human health if these microplastics are ingested

Can bacteria capture and eliminate microplastics?

Inhabitat - Innovation

Scientists at Hong Kong Polytechnic University have found a way to use bacteria’s natural stickiness to pull microplastics from the environment

Record high amount of microplastic found on seafloors

Inhabitat - Innovation

Everybody knows that microplastics pose a huge threat to our oceans. A new study shows that this plastic problem has reached a record high

New study finds microplastics in fruits and vegetables

Inhabitat - Innovation

Scientists have detected microplastics in popular produce, including apples, carrots and kale

LDIR microplastic analysis used in the Indian Ocean

Envirotec Magazine

Methods for the analysis of microplastic particles in a sample (of water) are beset by challenges such as high error rates and a high time requirement. The chemical characterization of the microplastic particles is based on their absorption of infrared light.

Autonomous Draper Drone to detect microplastics in the water

Inhabitat - Innovation

Microplastic pollution is everywhere, but its size—less than five millimeters in length—makes the threat almost invisible to the naked eye.

Microplastics could affect the healing process for COVID-19 patients

Inhabitat - Innovation

A new study has found that microplastics can inhibit lungs that are growing or trying to heal themselves, particularly after health conditions like COVID-19

Tube pump supports microplastics hunt

Envirotec Magazine

A research project investigating the problem of microplastics in inland waters has been using a tube pump from Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group (WMFTG), in a system where samples are taken automatically at programmed intervals.

Heated plastic baby bottles release millions of microplastics in formula

Inhabitat - Innovation

million microplastics daily Babies around the world are consuming over 1.5

Microplastics contaminate human blood, says new study

Inhabitant

New research published in Environment International has confirmed the presence of microplastics in the human blood. In a study involving 22 participants, 80% of the samples tested were found to have microplastics. This is the first study to prove that microplastics can reach the bloodstream. In previous studies, microplastics have been found in animals and human feces

Are marine microplastics now invading the atmosphere?

Eco-Business

A new study has found that microplastics are being emitted into the atmosphere, mainly from roads, the ocean, and agricultural practices

Microplastics accelerate cell death at 3 times the normal rate, study says

Inhabitat - Innovation

Researchers from the University Medical Centre (UMC) Utrecht recently announced that cells exposed to microplastics experience cell death three times faster than those that are not. With microplastic pollution everywhere, the findings are sobering

How To Reduce Your Exposure to Microplastics

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Plastics are all around us, in food packaging, clothing, carpeting, personal care products, appliances, cars,… The post How To Reduce Your Exposure to Microplastics appeared first on Earth911. Original post: How To Reduce Your Exposure to Microplastics.

Roof of the world is home to microplastic fibres

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Microplastic fibres have been found in the snows of Everest. Pollution levels have literally reached new heights

‘Great concern’ as new study finds microplastics in human placentas

Eco-Business

The microplastics probably entered the women’s bodies through ingestion and inhalation, and then translocated to the placentas, the study suggests

Study points to microplastics’ greater presence in faeces of IBD sufferers

Envirotec Magazine

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET, used in bottles and food containers, was one of the most common sources of microplastic identified in the study (image caption: Kevin Doncaster , CC BY 2.0 times more microplastic particles per gram than those from healthy subjects.

Microplastics found in the bloodstreams of cows and pigs

Inhabitant

The meat you buy in the store may be contaminated with microplastics. A recent study by Free University of Amsterdam found microplastics in the bloodstreams of pigs and cows for the first time. The findings have sparked questions over public health, with experts expressing fears over contaminants possibly affecting the entire food chain

Study finds more microplastic in baby poop than in adult

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In a recent study published in the American Chemical Society's Environmental Science and Technology Letters, scientists found 10 times more microplastic in babies' feces than in adults

Are microplastics ending up in biodiversity hotspots in the ocean?

Eco-Business

A new study has found that microplastics are falling to the seafloor, being carried by bottom currents, and accumulating at certain points in the ocean, coined as 'microplastic hotspots' by the authors

Hermit crab study shows microplastic's affect on marine life

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A new study published in the journal Royal Society Open Science has found that microplastics affect the behavior of hermit crabs, a key part of the ocean ecosystem. The study, conducted by Queen's University, highlights how microplastics impact hermit crabs' growth and reproduction

Atlantic has 10 times the microplastics previously thought

Inhabitat - Innovation

We knew it was bad. But a new study of plastic in the Atlantic Ocean reveals the pollution problem is ten times worse than scientists suspected

Sponsored content: Microplastic and pollution removal partnership extended

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New solution for capturing microplastics before they enter waterways

Envirotec Magazine

A scanning electron microscope shows how the microplastic particles are attached to the nanocellulose structure. million particles of microplastics. The properties of nanocellulose films and hydrogels support the identification and capture of very small microplastic particles.

Microplastics contaminate human blood, says new study

AGreenLiving

New research published in Environment International has confirmed the presence of microplastics in the human blood. In a study involving 22 participants, 80% of the samples tested were found to have microplastics. This is the first study to prove that microplastics can reach the bloodstream. In previous studies, microplastics have been found in animals and human feces. The findings now prove that microplastics can travel through the body and may lodge in organs.

Using mussels to clean up microplastics: UK laboratory trials nature-based solution

Envirotec Magazine

Scientists at Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) have launched a series of in-situ trials of what they describe as a unique microplastic clean-up method using mussels as filtration systems. Microplastics are the tiny plastic fibres and particles prevalent in our seas.

Study: Microplastics found in 90 per cent of leading cosmetics products

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Consumer goods giants continue to face growing scrutiny over their reliance on plastics in their packaging, with fresh research published yesterday having found microplastics in products manufactured by almost 90 per cent of the top-selling cosmetics brands.

Filipino researchers report microplastics inside a commonly consumed fish

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A study of rabbitfish (Siganus fuscescens) in four coastal areas in the Philippines shows high levels of microplastics in the fish’s digestive system.

Ocean Conservation: Microplastics in the Food Chain

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Not only do new plastic waste deposits still make it into the ecosystem, but because plastic is not biodegradable, it will take decades to rehabilitate … Ocean Conservation: Microplastics in the Food Chain Read More » The post Ocean Conservation: Microplastics in the Food Chain appeared first on GREENTECH CHALLENGE. Ocean conservation microplastics ocean oceanconservation pollution waste

Study finds more microplastic in baby poop than in adult

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Previously, studies have indicated that plastic formula bottles shed off microplastics that children may swallow. A paper published last October in Nature revealed that plastic formula bottles could feed babies millions of microplastics per day, or almost a billion microplastics per year.

This Is Why Microplastics Are So Hard To Detect In The Ocean

Forbes Green Tech

Why can we genetically engineer genes with increasing precision, but cannot easily detect marine microplastics

Can bacteria capture and eliminate microplastics?

AGreenLiving

Scientists at Hong Kong Polytechnic University have found a way to use bacteria’s natural stickiness to pull microplastics from the environment. Their vision is that microplastics in polluted water will adhere to tape-like bacteria nets, making a plastic blob that can easily be recycled or otherwise disposed of. “It This is where it gets really scientific — a biofilm-dispersal gene lets researchers free the microplastics from the bacteria.

One plastic teabag can release billions of microplastics into your cup

Inhabitat - Innovation

The next time you are craving tea, choose the paper teabag or loose-leaf tea in a reusable infuser — just steer clear of the plastic teabag

Great Lakes fish found to be full of microplastics

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A Great Lakes fish set a new record, and not in a good way. The brown bullhead had 915 particles in its body. This mind-boggling fish was hauled out by researchers in 2015, but their study has just been published in Conservation Biology

Scientific rigour and harmonisation critical in determining threats of microplastics to human health

Eco-Business

Microplastics are a growing global concern. Countries must harmonise research practices to truly understand the impacts of these materials on people's health and subsequently develop well-informed regulations

Ocean Conservation: Microplastics in the Food Chain

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More specifically, microplastic. Mussels, tuna, sardines, sea bream, hake, you name it; all contain an amount of microplastics consumed while in the sea. Research conducted by Orb Media found microplastic particles in bottled water as well. How do Microplastics come about? These are only some of the large deposits which later disintegrate into microplastics. So yes, cigarettes are a source of microplastics too. All of these are secondary microplastics.

Great Lakes fish found to be full of microplastics

AGreenLiving

The 915 particles included dyed cellulose fibers, microplastics and synthetic materials containing plasticizers and flame retardants. Related: Warming in deepest parts of the Great Lakes could be irreversible “In 2015 we knew a lot less about microplastics and contamination in fish. The health problems microplastics cause in humans are still not entirely known. Once the fish are full of microplastics, that pollution quickly expands its reach.

Autonomous Draper Drone to detect microplastics in the water

AGreenLiving

Microplastic pollution is everywhere, but its size — less than five millimeters in length — makes the threat almost invisible to the naked eye. That’s why Cambridge-based research and development lab Draper has teamed up with the Environmental Protection Agency and design firm Sprout Studios to create the Draper Drone, a concept for an autonomous underwater vehicle that implements Draper’s portable microplastics sensor. Autonomous Draper Drone to detect microplastics in the water.

Record high amount of microplastic found on seafloors

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led study found a staggering volume of microplastics on the seafloor. “We were really shocked by the volume of microplastics we found deposited on the deep seafloor bed,” Dr. Ian Kane of the University of Manchester, lead author of the study, told CNN. The study, published in Science , concludes that episodic turbidity currents, which are akin to underwater avalanches, rapidly transport microplastics down to the seafloor. Researchers in a new U.K.-led

Heated plastic baby bottles release millions of microplastics in formula

AGreenLiving

million microplastics each day. According to the study, microplastics are released in large quantities in baby plastic bottles, especially when the bottles are heated. While the study has proven beyond doubt that plastic bottles are releasing microplastics, the researchers said that there is no need for alarm yet. According to a report released by the World Health Organization last year, there is not sufficient evidence to show that microplastics are harmful to humans.

Research: 'Substantial quantities' of microplastics from tyres contaminating rivers and oceans

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University of Plymouth-led study notes that microplastics shed from vehicle tyres are putting millions of square metres of UK waters at risk of contamination. Vehicle tyres have been confirmed as a leading source of microplastic pollution in the ocean and rivers, according to scientists.

Microplastics found in the bloodstreams of cows and pigs

AGreenLiving

The meat you buy in the store may be contaminated with microplastics. A recent study by Free University of Amsterdam found microplastics in the bloodstreams of pigs and cows for the first time. Previous studies have found microplastics in vegetables, birds and sea animals, but this is the first time plastic particles have been found in farm animals’ blood. According to Dr. Leslie, microplastics in the soil likely found their way into crops eaten by animals.