Current understanding of microplastics in the environment: Occurrence, fate, risks, and what we should do

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Type: Journal Article
Year of publication: 2017
Date published: 04/2017
Authors: Jinping Peng, Jundong Wang, Liqi Cai
Journal title: Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management
Volume: 13
Issue: 3
Pages: 476 - 482

Microplastics pollution has been documented in the global environment, including at sea, in freshwater and in atmospheric fallout. Ingestion of microplastics by multiple kinds of organisms has been reported and has received increasing attention, because microplastics not only act as a source of toxic chemicals but also a sink for toxic chemicals. To better understand the great concerns about microplastics and associated toxic chemicals potential exposed to the organisms ingesting the debris, we should know more about the occurrence, fate, and risks of microplastics in the environment. What we should do depends on this better understanding.

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