Plastics research under the microscope
It has been quite a year for Professor Richard Thompson, marine biologist, and the man whose research over the last decade has put microplastics pollution on the global map.
New study shows how discarded plastic bags are smothering marine life
Plymouth University news: A joint research study with Trinity College Dublin has show than plastic bags are impacting the development of microalgae, a key component of the marine ecosystem.
Reduction in use welcome but more legislation required to solve waste problem
Plymouth University news: In the wake of Tesco’s announcement that plastic bag use has dropped 78% in its stores since 5p charges were introduced, a leading scientist says more work is needed to address the issue of plastic litter in the environment
Can beach cleans do more than clean up litter?
Plymouth University news: New study examines the well-being and educational value for people participating in beach cleans, how this experience influences future behavioural intention, and how they compare with other coastal activities
Leading scientists express concern over micro plastics in the ocean
Plymouth University news: Microplastics are becoming an increased concern because of their widespread presence in the oceans and the potential physical risks they pose to organisms.