A Topic to Reflect on Earth Day: Land-Based Debris in the Marine Environment

[Maria Cecilia de Castro and Cecilia Engler] A recent European study has detected microplastics and BC in the water column of the North Sea. While there is previous research documents that report the presence of microplastics and BC in sediments, this is one of only seven studies that consider the presence in water column, where they have the potential to enter the food chain. Data suggest that, at least in the area of study, the primary sources of microplastics in the marine environment are land-based.

More information here: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/integration/research/newsalert/pdf/324na1.pdf.

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