Special Issue "Microplastics - Macro Challenge for Environmental Sustainability"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2020) | Viewed by 48000
Interests: agricultural plastics, microplastics, potentially toxic elements, soil science, SUITMAs
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Plastic contamination is a current environmental issue and a concern for all ecosystems, even reaching the Antarctic habitat with adverse impacts for environments, ingestion of plastic and microplastics by aquatic and terrestrial fauna, carriers of contaminants and the release of the absorbed contaminants and additives to the environment.
Although the microplastics issue was reported for the first time in the 1970s, research into the microplastics boom began two decades ago. In those years, research about plastic contamination was focused on seas and oceans as a final sink of plastics, but plastic contamination is also an environmental concern in terrestrial areas and continental water streams. Both areas are the primary source of plastic, mainly terrestrial ecosystems, but have been forgotten for several years. In this sense, a new environmental awareness appeared in the last years from the general population for plastic reduction, and some governments are also working on the adoption of new guidelines on single-use plastics to reduce marine litter.
More knowledge is needed to understand the fate and behaviour of (micro-)plastics, new analytical methodologies for sampling and characterisation, mitigation measures, (bio)-degradation techniques, environmentally friendly alternatives of plastics, legislation, economic impacts and ecotoxicological effects of plastics, which sometimes are not well described, especially when plastics have additives or act as carriers of contaminants in environmental matrices.
In addition, research was focused on microplastics, but it is also needed to understand the impact of nanoplastics and to improve the knowledge of macroplastics.
We welcome the submission of review and research papers, both theoretical, practical contributions and case studies. All kinds of research, including negative results, are welcomed. All submissions will be subjected to a peer review before publication.
Dr. Andrés Rodríguez-Seijo
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- agricultural lands
- aquatic ecosystems
- biodegradable plastics
- carriers of contaminants
- ecotoxicological effects
- emerging pollutants
- marine microplastics
- terrestrial ecosystems