The global odyssey of plastic pollution

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Scientists who once studied microplastics (plastic debris <5 mm in size) as ocean pollutants have now detected them in soils, biota, and Earth’s atmosphere. To decipher the global fate of microplastics, scientists have begun to ask questions about the “microplastic cycle,” which is akin to global biogeochemical cycles (nitrogen, carbon, and water). >> read more […]

Whales Rocked by Heavy Metals

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Whales in the Gulf of Maine are contaminated with toxic metals in concentrations similar to those seen in industrial workers with decades of exposure. While no one yet knows if the metals are harming the whales, it’s “definitely concerning,” says toxicologist John Pierce Wise Sr., who has spent decades researching carcinogenic metals and marine toxicology. […]