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Microplastics in the stomachs of Atlantic Ocean fishes

Microplastics in the stomachs of Atlantic Ocean fishes

The number of identified pelagic and benthic fishes containing plastics and microplastics in their stomachs is about 475.   Plastic pollution has been identified as a major environmental problems for marine biota, beside the CO2 intake and its consequences. Plastic items are now commonly detected from urban coasts to the …

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Do we need a disposal solution or to restrict plastic production?

Do we need a disposal solution or to restrict plastic production?

Plastic accumulation in the marine environment causes significant environmental impacts, and unfortunately, this issue was exacerbated by the pandemic, where we will have “more masks than jellyfish in the Mediterranean,” said Laurent Lombard of Opération Mer Propre NGO. This ongoing problem forces us to rethink the responsability to restrict plastic …

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Protecting from COVID-19 or damaging the environment ?!!

Se protéger de COVID-19 ou détériorer l'environnement ?

The need to protect ourselves from COVID-19 imposed an unconscious tendency of damaging the environment: personal protective tools (PPE) like masks, gloves and gowns were crucial to protect not only medical personnel and workers frontline but everyone. In addition to these equipments, it’s recommended to use single-use containers, mainly in …

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Is it so complicated to reduce plastic pollution ?

Diminuer la pollution en plastique est-il très compliqué ?

Plastic pollution is becoming abundant in the environment mainly in marine waters, beaches, soils and biota. Thus, it has become a global problem and an urgent action is required to reduce this deteriorating tendency. It is estimated that nearly 3.0 and 5.3 million tonnes of micro-plastics and macro-plastics, respectively, are …

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Southern Ocean maintains 70% of global Nitrogen pollution

Southern Ocean maintains 70% of the total Nitrogen pollution

The Southern Ocean receives about 70% of the global oceanic pollution by the external nitrogen despite it’s covering only 30% of the global ocean area.   The reactive nitrogen ( NOx, NHy, and dissolved organic nitrogen) input to the open ocean has increased significantly since 1860, especially in the last …

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More salts … more microplastics in our dishes!

Plus de sels, plus de microplastiques

Table salt is a part of our daily life, and we are a subject to a great exposure to microplastics via its consumption without knowing about it.   Since the start of its marketing in 1950, the global plastic production has increased exponentially, reaching for example 348 million tonnes in …

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How scientifics assess microplastics pollution ?

How scientifics assess microplastics pollution ?

Although the problems linked to microplastics pollution are currently being tackled in different fields, an effort to find cost-effective management solutions for the environment is still necessary.   Many studies have revealed the potential ecological effects of plastic pollution: while damage from larger plastic items such as sachets primarily causes …

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