Microplastics: from origin to impacts

Welden, N. A. and Lusher, A. (2020) Microplastics: from origin to impacts. In: Letcher, T. M. (ed.) Plastic Waste and Recycling: Environmental Impact, Societal Issues, Prevention, and Solutions. Academic Press: London, pp. 223-249. ISBN 9780128178805 (doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-817880-5.00009-8)

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Microplastic (MP) pollution has rapidly become one of the most prominent global environmental issues. While there is debate as to whether the issue warrants the level of research, media, and funding currently centered upon it, the prevalence of MPs throughout the environment cannot be underestimated. Studies have demonstrated the movement of MPs into even the remotest habitats and have revealed their varied impacts, ranging from the transport of harmful microbes to changes in feeding behavior, tissue structure, and reproductive output. Despite this knowledge, there are still many challenges to the quantification, monitoring, and impacts of MP pollution.

Item Type:Book Sections
Keywords:Ecotoxicology, ingestion, marine debris, polymers, transport.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Welden, Dr Natalie
Authors: Welden, N. A., and Lusher, A.
Subjects:G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Publisher:Academic Press
Published Online:13 March 2020

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