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  • 21 June 2021 9:24 PM | Anonymous

    This story features an interview with VPPPN Director, Christina Trapani, along with a representative from Dominion Energy, who discusses the impacts of balloons when they interact with powerlines. 

    https://www.wtkr.com/news/releasing-non-biodegradable-balloons-into-the-air-will-soon-be-illegal-in-the-state-of-virginia

  • 15 October 2020 5:37 PM | Katie Register (Administrator)

    A new paper shares research about microplastic pollution in deep-sea sediments.  

    From the Abstract: "Interest in understanding the extent of plastic and specifically microplastic pollution has increased on a global scale. However, we still know relatively little about how much plastic pollution has found its way into the deeper areas of the world’s oceans. The extent of microplastic pollution in deep-sea sediments remains poorly quantified, but this knowledge is imperative for predicting the distribution and potential impacts of global plastic pollution. To address this knowledge gap, we quantified microplastics in deep-sea sediments from the Great Australian Bight using an adapted density separation and dye fluorescence technique. Based on our empirical data, we conservatively estimate 14 million tonnes of microplastic reside on the ocean floor." 

    A summary of the research can be found here.

  • 24 September 2020 9:09 AM | Anonymous

    A new article in Science:  18 Sep 2020

    Vol. 369, Issue 6510, pp. 1515-1518 DOI: 10.1126/science.aba3656

    Predicted growth in plastic waste exceeds efforts to mitigate plastic pollution

    Stephanie B. Borrelle, Jeremy Ringma, Kara Lavender Law, Cole C. Monnahan, Laurent Lebreton, Alexis McGivern, Erin Murphy, Jenna Jambeck, George H. Leonard, Michelle A. Hilleary, Marcus Eriksen, Hugh P. Possingham, Hannah De Frond, Leah R. Gerber, Beth Polidoro, Akbar Tahir, Miranda Bernard, Nicholas Mallos, Megan Barnes, Chelsea M. Rochman 

    "It is not clear what strategies will be most effective in mitigating harm from the global problem of plastic pollution. Borrelle et al. and Lau et al. discuss possible solutions and their impacts. Both groups found that substantial reductions in plastic-waste generation can be made in the coming decades with immediate, concerted, and vigorous action, but even in the best case scenario, huge quantities of plastic will still accumulate in the environment."

    Abstract

    Plastic pollution is a planetary threat, affecting nearly every marine and freshwater ecosystem globally. In response, multilevel mitigation strategies are being adopted but with a lack of quantitative assessment of how such strategies reduce plastic emissions. We assessed the impact of three broad management strategies, plastic waste reduction, waste management, and environmental recovery, at different levels of effort to estimate plastic emissions to 2030 for 173 countries. We estimate that 19 to 23 million metric tons, or 11%, of plastic waste generated globally in 2016 entered aquatic ecosystems. Considering the ambitious commitments currently set by governments, annual emissions may reach up to 53 million metric tons per year by 2030. To reduce emissions to a level well below this prediction, extraordinary efforts to transform the global plastics economy are needed.

     
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