I am a researcher based at Goethe Universität Frankfurt. My main interest is how plastic materials degrade in the environment and the ecotoxicology of plastic degradation products (including micro plastic particles). I recently received a two year individual fellowship within the Marie Curie Horizon 2020 programme. The aim of this research is to investigate the effects of microplastics in freshwater systems.
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UN environment agency urges ban of microplastics in cosmetics and personal care products
Leaders’ declaration from the G7 summit 7-8 June 2015
The leaders declaration includes the following statement regarding protection of the marine environment - “We acknowledge that marine litter, in particular plastic litter, poses a global challenge, directly affecting marine and coastal life and ecosystems and potentially also human health. Accordingly, increased effectiveness and intensity of work is required to combat marine litter striving to initiate a global movement. The G7 commits to priority actions and solutions to combat marine litter as set out in the annex, stressing the need to address land- and sea-based sources, removal actions, as well as education, research and outreach.” (http://www.mofa.go.jp/files/000084020.pdf - page 14)
A new open access book
As of 02-06-2015 a new open access e-book Marine anthropogenic litter is available from here: