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Plastics and the Marine Environment

Recently Professor of Universidade de Vigo and head of ECOTOX Ricardo Beiras has participated in a radio show focusing on the issue of plastics in the environment. He has pointed out that it is a global problem, since the area of accumulation is offshore, but storms can bring them to the shore line anywhere in the world.

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Micro 2018 (Radio5 - RNE)

Nowadays, the world center of research on microplastics is placed in the Canary Island (Spain) of Lanzarote, recognized as a Biosphere Reserve 25 years ago,  due to a conference organized by its Cabildo de Lanzarote. Dr. Ricardo Beiras, Professor of Ecology at the University of Vigo, is interviewed on the radio program "Españoles en la mar" on Radio5 - Spanish National Radio Station (RNE).

Why is plastic contamination so dangerous? The other side of the coin.

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On the left Pedro Campoy López, on the right Alexandre M. Schönemann, both immortalized during their work with endocrine disruptors.

 

By Pedro Campoy López and Alexandre Martínez Schönemann.

A sea of plastics

Each year 8 million tons of plastics are thrown into the world's oceans. The smallest, called microplastics, are absorbed by marine organisms. But nobody knows what consequences plastics have for environmental health and also for human health. A team from the University of Vigo coordinates the European project Ephemare, with scientists and institutions from 10 different countries, which seek an answer to this question.

 

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