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Microplastics

Microplastics are tiny pieces of plastic which are one of the most common pollutants in the environment. As per the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), microplastics are not some unique kind of plastic but any type of plastic fragments which are less than 5 mm in length. These include microfibers from clothing, microbeads, ..

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Baleen Whales Consume Millions of Microplastics Per Day

A new study found that the blue whale – the largest mammal on Earth – swallow millions of microplastics each day as do fin and humpback whales. Why was the study conducted? A research recently provided an estimate of the amount of microplastics ingested by three species of baleen whales – blue, fin and humpback ..

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IISc Study: Microplastics in Cauvery River

A new study has revealed that pollutants like microplastics might be causing growth defects like skeletal deformities in the fishes of the Cauvery river. The study has been published in the journal named Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety. Overview: Upendra Nongthomba of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bengaluru, has led this study. The first author ..

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Global Plastics Treaty – Update (March, 2022)

Global Plastics Treaty will be one of the most significant international environmental laws in history. About the treaty UN member states have agreed to start international negotiations on drawing up a global plastics treaty that could set rules for the production, use, and disposal of plastics. The decision was made at a meeting of the ..

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India, Germany MoU on Cities combating plastic entering the marine environment

India and Germany have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding on “Cities Combating Plastic Entering the Marine Environment”. It is in line with the objective of Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban. About the MoU According to the MoU, the project to be implemented mainly focuses on sustainable solid waste management. It will help India achieve the goal ..

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CSIRO: 14 million tonnes of microplastics on sea floor

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), an Australian government agency has recently found that the world sea floor is littered with more than 14 million tonnes of microplastics. These microplastics have entered the floor Through The breakdown of masses of rubbish entering the oceans annually. Key findings The Australian National Science agency has ..

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Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The Great Pacific garbage patch also described as the Pacific trash vortex is a gyre of marine debris particles in the central North Pacific Ocean discovered between 1985 and 1988. It is located roughly between 135°W to 155°W and 35°N to 42°N. The patch extends over an indeterminate area of widely varying range depending on the degree of plastic concentration used to define the affected area. Researchers based in the Netherlands used a ..

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