Case Studies of Macro- and Microplastics Pollution in Coastal Waters and Rivers: Is There a Solution With New Removal Technologies and Policy Actions?

Year of Publication

2020

This opinion paper on microplastics pollution discusses if there is a solution to the global problem by developing new microplastics removal technologies as well as policy actions.

Source:

ScienceDirect

Author(s):

D. Barcelo

Y. Pico

Geography:

Global

Type:

Case Study

Purpose of Measurement:

Understanding the Problem, Solution Sets and Impact Potential

Impact theme(s):

Material Flows, Oceans

This opinion paper on microplastics pollution discusses if there is a solution to the global problem by developing new microplastics removal technologies as well as policy actions. The first two case studies are related with macroplastics marine litter in beaches, a third report describes a new simple sampling device for microplastics in coastal and nearshore areas, five case study assess microplastics pollution in worldwide coastal environments, sediments and catchments (India, Mexico, Australia, Europe and the Nordic Sea). Finally, different technologies to remove microplastics are highlighted as well as policy solutions are listed to tackle this global problem with coordinated actions.