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Australian academics enlist amateur scientists to study microplastics – Devdiscourse

A 2019 study by conservation group WWF International concluded that people could be ingesting the equivalent of a credit card of plastic a week. A pressing need…

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Equipped with just a pan and sieve, a group of amateur scientists comb the beach looking for tiny bits of plastic that are near invisible to the naked eye but belie their threat.
“There’s evidence that we are breathing it, ingesting it in our foods. There’s lots of studies showing it’s in our water, it’s in our food products,” said Scott Wilson, research director of the Australian Microplastic Assessment Project (AUSMAP). “There’s a good chance all of us will have some type of microplastic in our…

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