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Why is plastic contamination so dangerous? The other side of the coin.

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On the left Pedro Campoy López, on the right Alexandre M. Schönemann, both immortalized during their work with endocrine disruptors.


By Pedro Campoy López and Alexandre Martínez Schönemann.

A sea of plastics

Each year 8 million tons of plastics are thrown into the world's oceans. The smallest, called microplastics, are absorbed by marine organisms. But nobody knows what consequences plastics have for environmental health and also for human health. A team from the University of Vigo coordinates the European project Ephemare, with scientists and institutions from 10 different countries, which seek an answer to this question.


RepescaPlas: plastics recovered from the sea

By Sara López Ibáñez

Nowadays, marine ecosystems are under a huge pressure performed by human beings from all over the world. Some of the first causes that are making the degradation and even the disappearance of the habitats happen are, mainly, acts like overfishing, the amount of greenhouse gases, emissions or the excessive generation of aguas residuales, o la generación desmesurada de wastes that end in the sea (80% from land activities).

Microplastics: the invisible menace

Microplastics, fragments of plastic lower than 5 mm in size, are found in every environmental compartment, both in terrestrial and marine ecosystems. A research group from Vigo University (Galicia, Spain) led by Prof. Ricardo Beiras are studying the uptake by plankton and transfer into marine food webs, as well as their toxic effects. The in depth knowledge on these issues will be useful also to prevent implications of microplastics on human health.

Plastic's age

The program "Equipo de Investigación", of Spanish channel laSexta TV, analyzes the situation of plastic. Prof. Ricardo Beiras and his team participates from the facilities of the ECIMAT.

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VI International Symposium on Marine Sciences

Seis simposios de referencia internacional al mismo tiempo en un mismo lugar: ISMS, EOF, SIQUIMAR, REDIBAL, ISC CDM, y el WorkShop 'Patrimonio Cíes'. Expertos de todo el mundo están en el ISMS del 20 al 22 de junio en el Auditorio Mar de Vigo, en Vigo (España).

As mal chamadas bolsas oxo-biodegradables

As chamadas bolsas “oxo-biodegradables”, distribuídas pola Xunta de Galicia e que atopamos en mercados locais, están fabricadas con polímeros convencionais aos que se lle engaden catalizadores químicos. Suponse que estes aditivos permiten a biodegradación de plásticos aparentemente non biodegradables pero, en realidade, estas bolsas desintégranse en fragmentos invisibles de plástico convencional non biodegradable, constituíndo auténticas bombas de microplásticos ao ambiente.

Whale Bone sampling

Today we have done the first, sand sampling looking for microplastics at Whale Bone Beach at Whale Bone Bay. We (Christelle, Camila, Olivier, Anna Hyde and myself) departed at 07:00 in the morning from Carolina Bay, a former military in Morgans Point.

EOS17 (EPHEMARE Odyssey Survey 2017) KICK OFF

EOS17 (EPHEMARE Odyssey Survey) is the first survey that will be carry out by EPEHEMARE project to asses microplastics in two islands from the Northwest Atlantic and Caribean (Bermuda and Guadaloupe) and collect them for laboratory analyses and ecotoxicological tests to study the efects on the biota (macro invertebrates and fish) on the boat





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