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    Kat J McAlpine

    Kat J. McAlpine is editor of The Brink, Boston University’s news site for scientific breakthroughs and pioneering research. Kat has been telling science stories for over a decade, and prior to joining BU’s editorial staff, publicized research at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, and the University of Connecticut’s School of Engineering. Profile

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There are 7 comments on Microplastic Pollution Found in Seagrasses

  1. Thank you for this. Twothings: (1) I don’t see a date for this item– did I miss it somewhere? (2) I’m involved in trying to stop the use of synthetic turf fields, which amounts to 250-550 tons of plastic waste-carpet and waste-tire-crumb per field, every six to nine years. It is largely unregulated waste and in Maryland wound up alongside Bird Creek in White Marsh— far from the originator of Richard Montgomery high school in Montgomery County. The average synturf has 40-60,000 tires, per field, per 6-9-yr cycle. We’d love your help publicizing those impacts. See: http://www.safehealthyplayingfields.org or http://www.ehhi.org or email me! Diana

  2. Wow! So sad. I have heard that doing laundry using a ‘Guppy Friend’ bag (made of very fine mesh), helps capture these particles so they are not released into the water stream; I’ll look into buying one now that I have read this article and see the extent of the problem!

  3. Like a bad science-fiction novel, but . . . this is our world.

    When I was a child, the amount of plastic in the ocean was negligible. A generation or two later, the oceans are rife with it.

    We often walk the local beaches, and inevitably encounter (and pick-up) myriad plastic – fishing line, straws, coffee cups, lids, broken pieces of unknown, scraps of bags, candy wrappers, chips bags, on and on. Very discouraging.

    Will they ever finish the Comm. Ave. project? In the meantime every nook and cranny in the construction area has bits of plastic trash – getting blown with prevailing west winds to the east into the ocean.

    I have heard it is worse elsewhere, but . . . I hardly feel righteous about it. I feel only a haunting inability to fix it.

  4. This was incredible and heartbreaking to read. Incredible that fellow terriers are advancing the scientific and world communities before they even graduate, but it is heartbreaking how much plastic affects every facet of life. I am also committed to animal/life conservation, I hope to observe valuable information and publish it the way you three have. Thank you for asking questions!

  5. A very interesting read. Could you lease let me know what the total magnification was for the micrographs
    in the article?
    Also, I’d appreciate the citation to the article publishing the details.
    Thanks,
    M Sheridan
    Associate Prof. Biology
    Rhode Island College

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