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Fifty-fold increase of microplastics in the ocean by 2100

Added on 2018-09-12
In 2100, a cubic meter of ocean water will contain 10 to 50 free-floating particles of microplastic, or fifty times more than today. Although these average concentrations are significantly lower than the safe concentrations for oceanic ecosystems (i.e. 6650 plastic particles per m3), local exceedings of this threshold are already possible. Coastal seabeds and beaches threaten to contain ecologically harmful concentrations. The Flemish Institute for the Sea (VLIZ) investigated the problem in collaboration with the University of Ghent and the University of Wageningen. Their findings were recently published in the Environmental Pollution journal.

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