Plastic pollution and toxic chemicals

Article in The Japan Times highlights issue of hazardous chemicals accumulating in microplastics and transferring into the food chain

Plastic pollution and human health

Scientists argue that plastic debris is not merely an environmental, but also a human health problem; particle toxicity, chemical toxicity, and pathogen spreading issues are discussed

EFSA: Plastic pollution in food

EFSA’s CONTAM Panel issues scientific statement on microplastics and nanoplastics in seafood; considers consumers’ exposure to plastic additives and contaminants low and unlikely to be harmful

Effects of microplastics on fish

Polystyrene microplastics inhibit hatching, decrease growth rates, and alter feeding preferences and innate behaviors of European perch, according to new Science study

Australia considers container deposit scheme

Senate hearing discusses ways to tackle marine plastic pollution; call for container deposit scheme and end to consuming ‘disposable plastics’

Microplastics impact oyster fertility

New study finds micro-polystyrene to disrupt feeding pattern and reproduction in oysters; exposed molluscs had fewer and more slowly growing offspring

Plastic covering the planet

Plastic pollution affecting every corner of planet Earth with damaging, long lasting impact, new study shows

UNEP concerned about biodegradable plastics

Report by the United Nations Environment Program judges biodegradable plastics to deflect from problem of plastic ocean pollution

Microplastics in table salt

News study finds micrcoplastics in sea salts, lake salts, and rock/well salts commercially available in China; other contamination sources in addition to plastic ocean pollution likely