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Microplastics coverage to date

Microplastic research and in particular this EPA funded research has appeared in a number of episodes of Eco Eye such as ‘Ending Waste’ in the recent 2017 Series.  In addition, following the release of the Final Report on the desk study on microplastic pollution there were several newspaper articles which picked up on the topic  including the Guardian (Sept 2017) Plastic fibres found in tap water around the world, study reveals, the Independent  (Sept 2017) Our drinking water is widely contaminated with tiny bits of plastic.

Some earlier articles from June 2017 on freshwater microplastics included:

Microbeads: The facts, the fears and the fight have them banned

Humans ‘at risk of ingesting microplastics’ through drinking water or by eating certain types of fish – research

Public health could be ‘at risk’ from exposure to microplastics in drinking water

Public at Risk from Microbeads, Warns EPA

The Irish Times
June 9, 2017 | O’Sullivan, Kevin |Copyright the irishtimes.com

The growth of polluting microplastics in the Irish environment has been confirmed by the Environmental Protection Agency which has warned of the risk to public health.

The agency has for the first time published evidence of the sources and scale of “microbeads” and their threat in Irish freshwaters.

Microbeads are tiny round plastic beads used in exfoliants, cleansers, toothpastes and cosmetic products.

The EPA yesterday published the findings of researchers at the Marine and Freshwater Research Centre at Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT). It confirms how microbeads are spreading into rivers and lakes and threatening species living in these ecosystems. The evidence is likely to accelerate Government plans to introduce a ban on the use of microbeads in cosmetic and cleaning products. …