04 May '18, 11am

Action needed to reduce toxic contamination from ocean plastics – IUCN https://t.co/sapPDm1Zlj

Action needed to reduce toxic contamination from ocean plastics – IUCN https://t.co/sapPDm1Zlj

The paper, published in Environmental Sciences Europe , looked at the chemical contamination caused by ocean plastics, reviewed impacts and identified solutions. Microplastics – plastic particles smaller than 5 mm in diameter – have been shown to be contaminated with toxic chemicals. These microplastics are small enough to be ingested by marine species, potentially affecting species’ and human health as they enter the food chain. Of particular concern are endocrine disrupting chemicals, which affect reproduction, birth rates and thyroid function, leading to an increased incidence of hormone-sensitive cancers. Nanoplastics – under 100 nm in diameter – are associated with suspected chemical and physical impacts on human health. About eight million tonnes of plastic end up in the ocean each year. Marine species ingest potentially contaminated plastics directly, and by eating ...

Full article: https://www.iucn.org/news/secretariat/201805/action-neede...

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