Microplastic Pollution in Water

The discovery of microplastic pollutants in the environment is relatively recent, but the number of new research on their nature, distributions, ecological and social impacts, and possible solutions has been growing in a fast pace. This campaign focuses on the micropoastic pollution in water and features the latest scientific findings to support further investigations and with a hope that the shared information would benefit stakeholders in public and private sectors. This campaign concerns the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation and is a part of our commitment to help achieve the SDGs at Springer Nature. 

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Remediation of Contaminated Waters with Microplastics

from Handbook of Microplastics in the Environment


Citizen science sampling programs as a technique for monitoring microplastic pollution: results, lessons learned and recommendations for working with volunteers for monitoring plastic pollution in freshwater ecosystems

from Environmental Monitoring and Assessment


Biofilms of Pseudomonas and Lysinibacillus Marine Strains on High-Density Polyethylene

from Microbial Ecology


The vertical distribution and biological transport of marine microplastics across the epipelagic and mesopelagic water column

from Scientific Reports


Behavior of Microplastics in Inland Waters: Aggregation, Settlement, and Transport

from Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology


Analysis, Occurrence, and Degradation of Microplastics in the Aqueous Environment

from Freshwater Microplastics


Assessment of marine microplastics in floating plastic debris using a fixed sampling device: the example of South Juhu creek, Mumbai coast, India

from Journal of Coastal Conservation


The potential of fluorescent dyes—comparative study of Nile red and three derivatives for the detection of microplastics

from Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry


Microscopy and elemental analysis characterisation of microplastics in sediment of a freshwater urban river in Scotland, UK

from Environmental Science and Pollution Research


Correlation appraisal of antibiotic resistance with fecal, metal and microplastic contamination in a tropical Indian river, lakes and sewage

from npj Clean Water


Effect of polystyrene microplastics and temperature on growth, intestinal histology and immune responses of brine shrimp Artemia franciscana

from Journal of Oceanology and Limnology


Geochemistry and environmental effects of potentially toxic elements, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and microplastics in coastal sediments of the Persian Gulf

from Environmental Earth Sciences


Microplastic release from the degradation of polypropylene feeding bottles during infant formula preparation

from Nature Food


Microplastic–toxic chemical interaction: a review study on quantified levels, mechanism and implication

from SN Applied Sciences

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Microplastics in Inland Small Waterbodies

from Microplastics in Terrestrial Environments


Nature of Plastic Marine Pollution in the Subtropical Gyres

from Hazardous Chemicals Associated with Plastics in the Marine Environment


Occurrence, Sources, Transport, and Fate of Microplastics in the Great Lakes–St. Lawrence River Basin

from Contaminants of the Great Lakes


Of Poisons and Plastics: An Overview of the Latest Pollution Issues Affecting Marine Mammals

from Marine Mammal Welfare


OpenLitterMap.com – Open Data on Plastic Pollution with Blockchain Rewards (Littercoin)

from Open Geospatial Data, Software, and Standards


Plastics and Microplastics: Impacts in the Marine Environment

from Mare Plasticum - The Plastic Sea


Sedimentary diatom and pigment-inferred recent anthropogenic accelerated eutrophication of a Mediterranean lake (Lake Dojran, Republic of North Macedonia / Greece)

from Journal of Oceanology and Limnology


New Journal: Microplastics and Nanoplastics

This open access journal Microplastics and Nanoplastics aims to publish innovative high quality science providing a quantitative and mechanistic understanding of the factors that drive the emissions, fate, effects, risks and societal responses to the presence of plastic debris in nature and society, as well as novel remediation and risk mitigation options and technologies. Read Editorial by Editor in Chief Albert A. Koelmans to find out more about the journal.  >>Aims & Scope >>TOC alert 

Read Editorial : Macroplastic research in an era of microplastic 

Visit Discussion : Are litter, plastic and microplastic quantities increasing in the ocean?  

Browse more articles. The journal is now open for article submissions.

Dr. Benno Böer on UNESCO's approach to the plastic pollution

Dr Benno Böer © Springer NatureUNESCO is one of the key organizations which has been coordinating numerous science education and local contribution projects to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of the Agenda 2030. Read a blog by Dr. Benno Böer, the Natural Sciences Programme Specialist at UNESCO, about the UNESCO's recent ‘Beat the plastic pollution’ initiative involving the private sector and the general public.

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