The impacts of marine plastics on Galapagos seabirds
Dr M Hudson, Dr C Valle, Prof A Naveira-Garabato
4 January 2019
Programme website. http://inspire-dtp.ac.uk. Project Rationale. Plastic pollution is of growing concern worldwide due to poor waste management and high consumer demand for single-use plastics (Moore, 2008).
Plasticiser in the UK terrestrial environment: Occurrence and bioaccumulation?
Dr D Spurgeon, Prof K C Jones, Dr M G Pereira
27 January 2019
Researchers and the public are aware of the potential issues of plastic pollution. Images of birds, mammals and other charismatic species entangled in and eating plastics have created great concern about our profligate plastic use.
Plastic invasion of remote foodwebs
Dr C Waller, Dr M Johnson
23 January 2019
Since the onset of mass production of plastics in the 1950’s the flux of plastics to the marine environment has been a growing problem (Cole at al., 2011), such that microplastic contamination of the oceans is now one of the world’s most pressing environmental concerns (Hurley et al., 2018).
Micro- and nanoplastics: the fate and the impact on marine life
Dr S Yang, Dr W Norton
21 January 2019
By 2015, humans had generated 8.3 billion metric tons of plastics, 6.3 billion tons of which had already become waste. Of that waste total, only 9 percent was recycled, 12 percent was incinerated and 79 percent accumulated in landfills or the natural environment.