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Microplastics Poison Marine Ecosystems
2013-12-03 11:11:00

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The dumping of human refuse has resulted in the world’s oceans being filled with tiny bits of plastic, and two new studies from a team of British researchers have found that high concentrations of these plastic bits severely impact the health of marine lugworms, an important part of marine food webs and the cycling of ocean sediments. According to the studies, which were published on Monday in the journal Current Biology, lugworms...

Plastic Waste A Hazard For Subalpine Lakes
2013-10-07 13:42:37

Cell Press Many subalpine lakes may look beautiful and even pristine, but new evidence suggests they may also be contaminated with potentially hazardous plastics. Researchers say those tiny microplastics are likely finding their way into the food web through a wide range of freshwater invertebrates too. The findings, based on studies of Italy's Lake Garda and reported on October 7th in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, suggest that the problem of plastic pollution isn't limited...

Microscopic Plastic Particles Found Throughout The Great Lakes
2013-09-02 08:24:52

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Great Lakes, the largest source of fresh water in the world, may not be so fresh anymore. That’s according to researchers with the University of Wisconsin-Superior, who, for the second year in a row, have found plastic particles in the Great Lakes. The team said this has little to do with empty plastic bottles found drifting along the shores of these large lakes. The problem is much worse. These particles being discovered...

2013-05-29 09:44:09

EPFL researchers have detected microplastic pollution in Lake Geneva in surprisingly high concentrations EPFL researchers have detected microplastic pollution in one of Western Europe's largest lakes, Lake Geneva, in large enough quantities to raise concern. While studies in the ocean have shown that these small bits of plastic can be harmful to fish and birds that feed on plankton or other small waterborne organisms, the full extent of their consequences in lakes and rivers is only now...