INDEPENDENT NEWS

Impacts of plastic pollution measured in new Lyttleton trial

Published: Wed 3 Jul 2019 11:31 AM
Scientists are investigating the impact of plastics on our marine environment in a new project that has got underway in Lyttleton harbour.
The project – called AIM² (Aotearoa Impacts and Mitigation of Microplastics) is the first comprehensive research investigating the impact of microplastics on New Zealand’s environment.
Scientists from ESR have deployed plastics onto a pontoon in Lyttleton harbour to see what grows on them, what chemical pollutants are taken up and concentrate upon them, and the changes that occur to the plastic itself.
It is estimated there are over 15 trillion pieces of microplastic debris in the world’s oceans, 80 per cent of which originate from land-based activities.
A short video on the project is here : https://bit.ly/2XpUwFt
ends

Next in Business, Science, and Tech

Rio Tinto announces plans to close Tiwai Point smelter
By: RNZ
New Report on Auckland Port Relocation
By: New Zealand Government
COVID-19 Fails To Knock Kiwi Investor Confidence, But More Disclosure Wanted
By: Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
Black-Market Tobacco Sidesteps $287 Million In Excise Tax
By: Imperial Brands
Meridian spilled water to hike electricity prices - Authority ruling
By: RNZ
XE Data Update - RBNZ Official Cash Rate Decision
By: XE Money Transfer
Kiwis Ignore Promise Of Cheaper Power
By: Canstar Blue
Transmission Pricing For A Low Carbon Future
By: Electricity Authority
Economic activity and business confidence bouncing back
By: RNZ
The Climate Record That Keeps Getting Broken
By: NIWA
Extended Loan Scheme Keeps Business Afloat
By: New Zealand Government
2019 Prime Minister’s Science Prizes Announced
By: Prime Minister Science Prizes
Fuel, alcohol costs to go up from today
By: RNZ
Young Kiwi Astro-photographer Shoots For The Stars
By: Stardome Observatory
Time For EU To Commit To A Level Playing Field For Trade
By: DCANZ - Dairy Companies Association New Zealand
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILE © Scoop Media