Microplastics Update: January

Journal Articles

Microplastics in the commercial seaweed nori

Microplastic pollution in deep-sea sediments and organisms of the Western Pacific Ocean

Assessment of microplastics release from polyester fabrics: the impact of different washing conditions

Low concentrations and low spatial variability of marine microplastics in oysters (Crassostrea virginica) in a rural Georgia estuary

Performance evaluation of MBR in treating microplastics polyvinylchloride contaminated polluted surface water

Occurrence and removal of microplastics in an advanced drinking water treatment plant (ADWTP)

Can microplastics pose a threat to ocean carbon sequestration?

Microplastics in beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas) from the Eastern Beaufort Sea

Environmental samples of microplastics induce significant toxic effects in fish larvae

In the News

Smith, Greenstein Bill Banning Single-Use Plastics Passes Senate

WHO invites experts to join evaluation of microplastics pollution

A plateful of plastic: Visualising the amount of microplastic we eat

Revealed: microplastic pollution is raining down on city dwellers

The 5-gram problem: How Reuters depicted human consumption of microplastics

Microplastics are turning up everywhere

Microplastics distruct local food chains, study finds

New study reveals higher microplastics in London air compared to other cities

Conferences

International Conference on Waste Management and Remediation Engineering – New York City, U.S.A. (01/30/20-01/31/20)

15th World Convention on Waste Recycling and Reuse – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (02/21/20-02/22/20)

MICRO 2020 Fate and Impact of Microplastics: Knowledge, Actions and Solutions – Arrecife, Spain (11/23/20-11/27/20)

Employment Opportunities

OCEANA – Various Positions

PlasticBank – Various Positions

Microplastics Update: December

Journal Articles

Bioavailability and toxicity of microplastics to fish species: A review

Distribution of microplastics in surface water of the lower Yellow River near estuary

Accumulation of microplastics in typical commercial aquatic species: A case study at a productive aquaculture site in China

Assessment of microplastics in freshwater systems: A review

Focus topics on microplastics in soil: Analytical methods, occurrence, transport, and ecological risks

Microplastics in the New Zealand green lipped mussel Perna canaliculus

The issue of microplastics in marine ecosystems: A bibliometric network analysis

Microplastics in the surface water of small-scale estuaries in Shanghai

Interrelationship of microplastic pollution in sediments and oysters in a seaport environment of the eastern coast of Australia

In the News

Microplastics 1 million times more abundant in the ocean than previously thought

Yes, there’s microplastic in the snow

For some corals, meals can come with a side of microplastics

Microplastics are ‘omnipresent’ in European rivers, scientists say

Sound waves used to separate microplastics from laundry wastewater

Microplastics found in all Arctic belugas tested: SFU study

Tiny Plastic Particles Raise Big Concerns

Why does the Arctic have more plastic than most places on Earth?

Conferences

UN Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – Santiago, Chile (12/02-12/13)

International Conference on Waste Management and Remediation Engineering – New York City, U.S.A. (01/30/20-01/31/20)

15th World Convention on Waste Recycling and Reuse – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (02/21/20-02/22/20)

Employment Opportunities

OCEANA – Various Positions

PlasticBank – Various Positions

Plastic Free Waters: Microplastics and Human Health Meeting

Barent Roth of the New School, Phoebe Stapleton of Rutgers University, Scott Fallon of the Bergen Record and Lisa Kaas Boyle of the Plastic Pollution Coalition come together to discuss the dangers of microplastics to both the natural environment and human health, and answer questions on the future of microplastics at our November Partnership Meeting.

Last week (12 November, 2019) PFWP held a meeting at the New School. Titled ‘Microplastics and Human Health’, which featured experts on plastics, microplastics and their impact on human health from a variety of professional backgrounds.

Professor Barent Roth of the New School, professor at the Parsons School of Design‘s BFA Product Design and MFA Industrial Design programs.

Lisa Kaas Boyle is an environmental attorney and founder/activist from the Plastic Pollution Coalition.

Scott Fallon is an investigative reporter who has covered the environment at The Bergen Record since 2008, concentrating on the legacy of industrial pollution in New Jersey.

Dr. Phoebe Stapleton, an Assistant Professor in the Rutgers University, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, and the Joint Graduate Program in Toxicology.

Moderating the event was Catie Tobin, who is the Microplastics Researcher for Clean Ocean Action (COA).

Speaker Presentations:

Microplastics Updates October 2019

Journal Articles

Wetland soil microplastics are negatively related to vegetation cover and stem density

First evidence of microplastic contamination in the supraglacial debris of an alpine glacier

Microplastics from mulching film is a distinct habitat for bacteria in farmland soil

River Deltas as hotspots of microplastic accumulation: The case study of the Ebro River (NW Mediterranean)

Chemical and physical changes of microplastics during sterilization by chlorination

Effects of microplastics on greenhouse gas emissions and the microbial community in fertilized soil

Average daily flow of microplastics through a tertiary wastewater treatment plant over a ten-month period

Phytoplankton response to polystyrene microplastics: Perspective from an entire growth period

In the News

The biggest source of microplastics in California coastal waters? Car tires

You’re literally eating microplastics. How you can cut down exposure to them.

Microplastics have invaded the food supply

Hunting for microplastics in your seafood

Scientists piece together microplastics problem in Monterey Bay

New evidence points to microplastics’ toxic impact on the human body

Tracing the Journey of Microplastics in the Arctic

Researchers study microplastics in marine mammals

Conferences

Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Toronto, Canada (11/03-11/07)

UN Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – Santiago, Chile (12/02-12/13)

15th World Convention on Waste Recycling and Reuse – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (02/21/20-02/22/20)

Employment Opportunities

OCEANA – Communications Officer

PlasticBank – Various Positions

Microplastics Updates September 2019

Journal articles

Effects of microplastics on wastewater and sewage sludge treatment and their removal: A review

An interlaboratory comparison exercise for the determination of microplastics in standard sample bottles

Fusion of microplastics into the mussel byssus

Microplastics as vectors of contaminants

Microplastic pollution on the Persian Gulf shoreline: A case study of Bandar Abbas city, Hormozgan Province, Iran

Distribution and impacts of microplastic incorporation within sea ice

Occurrence of tire wear particles and other microplastics within the tributaries of the Charleston Harbor Estuary, South Carolina, USA

A study on characteristics of microplastic in wastewater of South Korea: Identification, quantification, and fate of microplastics during treatment process

In the news

Microplastics in the Great Lakes: Becoming benthic

Tampa Bay contains 4 billion bits of microplastic, shocking study indicates

New technique can show link between prey and microplastics

WHO says microplastics in water not a health risk, more research needed

Microplastics may now affect how Arctic sea ice forms and melts

Microplastics in freshwater are mostly laundry lint

Microplastics turning up in human stool

Other Plastic News

Brands asked to pay premium for using new plastic

Plastic teabags release microscopic particles into tea

3 ways we are making an impact on plastic pollution

Brands ask consumers for behavior change to reverse the problem with plastics

Conferences (chronological)

6th World Congress on Green Chemistry and Recycling – Seoul, South Korea (10/14-10/15)

Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Toronto, Canada (11/03-11/07)

UN Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – Santiago, Chile (12/02-12/13)

15th World Convention on Waste Recycling and Reuse – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (02/21/20-02/22/20)

Job Opportunities

5 Gyres – Development and Partnerships Manager