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WHO calls for more research into microplastics and a crackdown on plastic pollution

22-08-2019
WHO, World Health Organisation, water pollution, microplastics, water treatment, wastewater treatment

The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for a further assessment of microplastics in the environment and their potential impacts on human health, following the release of an analysis of current research related to microplastics in drinking-water. The Organization also calls for a reduction in plastic pollution to benefit the environment and …

Editor’s pickHumans, fish and other animals are consuming microfibres in our food and water (Part 2)

17-08-2018
microfibres, environmental ills, microplastics, filters, wastewater treatment, textiles, lung inflammation

As tiny fibres shed from synthetic textiles invade our bodies, researchers scramble to identify potential threats.   Written by Mary Catherine O' Connor, the article is first published on Ensia.com. July 2, 2018 — Editor’s note: This report is part two of a three-part series on the emerging threat of microfibre pollution. In …

Editor’s pickOur clothes are contaminating our planet with tiny plastic threads (Part 1)

16-08-2018
microfibres, environmental ills, microplastics, filters, wastewater treatment, ocean protection

Minute fibers shed from synthetic textiles are polluting oceans, streams, rivers — even the air we breathe — with unknown consequences. By Mary Catherine O’Connor, originally published on Ensia Editor’s note: This report is part one of a three-part series on the emerging threat of microfiber pollution. …