Prevalence of microplastics in the ocean in Latin America and the Caribbean

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The release of microplastics to the ocean is an increasing global environmental concern. The specific characteristics of the Global South (e.g., widespread mismanaged waste and wastewater) make this an even greater challenge. The current study performed a critical review related to the prevalence of microplastics in the ocean in Latin America and the Caribbean, analyzing also the possible sources of microplastics release to the marine environment. A majority of the studies assessed point towards mismanaged waste, inland or offshore, as well as mismanaged wastewater as critical sources of plastic pollution into the ocean. However, there is a need to delve into the effects that these microplastics are generating on local biota and human health.

Idioma originalInglés
Número de artículo100037
PublicaciónJournal of Hazardous Materials Advances
Volumen5
DOI
EstadoPublicada - feb. 2022

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