Volume 91 Issue 49 | p. 8 | News of The Week
Issue Date: December 9, 2013

Plastic Pollution Harms Marine Life

Marine Chemistry: Pollutants on marine plastics accumulate in fish and marine worms, damaging their health
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Sustainability
News Channels: Environmental SCENE, Biological SCENE
Keywords: plastics, microplastics, pollution, marine biology, persistent organic pollutants, flame retardants

Marine creatures get a double whammy when they eat tiny bits of plastic that float in the ocean or accumulate in marine sediments. Damage happens when marine organisms eat the plastic, but they also consume toxic pollutants the plastics carry on their surfaces.

Two new studies show that when fish and marine worms eat such a plastic-toxics combo, some of the pollutants accumulate in their bodies and make them sick.

Chelsea . . .

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