When Microplastics Are No Longer Micro
If you haven’t been living under a rock you’re probably well aware that microplastics are not good for the environment. But were you aware that continuing studies on the issue is showing that the consequences of its presence in the world’s oceans is snowballing? Researchers from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh have discovered that glue-like substances produced by bacteria are sticking tiny particles of plastic together in the ocean to form larger clumps which larger mammals could mistake for food! What could this mean for marine wildlife?
To ponder the question with us, we spoke with Professor of Environmental Engineering at The University of Western Australia and friend of the show Anas Ghadouani.