Microplastics – University of Virginia Student-Run Daily Newspaper Addresses Environmental Issues

A November 28, 2021, story in the Univ. of Virginia Student-Run Daily Newspaper, The Cavalier Daily https://www.cavalierdaily.com/article/2021/11/microplastic-pollution-in-virginia-coastal-system-becomes-increasing-concern-for-local-researchers reports that “… Microplastic waste has become a serious threat to the ecosystem … University researchers explain the significant harm that microplastics can have on the environment, particularly in the Chesapeake Bay, and discuss plans of action to combat this detrimental effect … Research on microplastics is minimal, and as a result, researchers do not know the specific effects microplastics have on the environment … the University created a single-use plastic reduction policySimilar initiatives have been implemented throughout the nation … One of the most common ways microplastics damage the coastal system is through the oysters in the Chesapeake Bay … In order to fulfill their nutritional needs, they must filter through much more water in order to consume enough algae … In order to eliminate microplastics, scientists agree that toxic additives that are in plastic waste must first be removed …” #MicroPlastics #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic @cavalierdaily