By Olivia Thomas
June 25, 2019

microplastics: the final straw? | podcast

"...littering and overflowing sewers are two of the biggest ways plastics go into our waterways..."

Ahh, straws. Everyone has heard about straws and the damage it has caused to turtles, the oceans, and more?  Many of us have seen the photo of the turtle whose nose had a straw deeply embedded, and marine biologists pulling the straw out.  In this episode the host takes a look at some very real marine animals that are trapped with plastics around various body parts. What about when plastics begin to break down and become microplastics?  In this podcast the host talks to some scientists who are beginning to dig deeper into what microplastics are, how quickly they are breaking down, how they are breaking down in the relationship to the sun.

THE SUN? how UV light is effecting and breaking down plastics into tiny pieces into the soils.  What is it that scientists are finding?  Are there solutions to help clean up all of these plastics deep in our ocean sea beds?  IF we are unable to clean up the plastics what is it that we can do, and what is it that we know?  But is the awareness of straw bans worth fixing the problem?

In this podcast the host discusses;

Learn more by listening to the 28:58 minute podcast below;

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Credits: This episode was produced by Wendy Zukerman along with Rose Rimler, Meryl Horn and Odelia Rubin. Our senior producer is Kaitlyn Sawrey. We’re edited by Caitlin Kenney and Blythe Terrell. Fact checking by Michelle Harris, Meryl Horn and Rose Rimler. Mix and sound design by Emma Munger. Music by Emma Munger and Bobby Lord. A huge thanks to all the researchers we got in touch with for this episode - including Dr Chris Wilcox, Dr Denise Hardesty, Prof Anthony Andrady, Dr Carolyn Foley, Dr Tracy Mincer, and  Dr Laurent Lebreton. Thank you! Also thanks to the Zukerman Family and Joseph Lavelle Wilson.

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