Endocrine disruption and marine plastic pollution

Talk by Pete Myers at the CE100 Annual Summit 2016 explains endocrine disruption and why it is important; shows how marine plastic pollution contaminates food chain and increases exposure to EDCs

Global treaty on plastics?

Ensia article highlights the need for a global environmental agreement on plastics and outlines how it could be shaped

Chemicals leach from microplastics into fish

New study shows that chemical pollutants sorbed to microplastics accumulate in fish after ingestion

Solutions to plastic pollution?

Epoch Times article: Plastic production, consumption, and pollution on the rise; direct effects on humans unknown; solutions overdue and needed

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