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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Microplastics in Our Water- WNYC


Microplastics in our Water

Thursday, January 30, 2014

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Microbeads, tiny pieces of plastic commonly used in personal care products, are showing up in waterways across the nation. These tiny particles are considered potentially dangerous to the environment because of their tendency to absorb toxins in the water and then get consumed by fish and other organisms. Rolf Halden, Director of the Center for Environmental Security at Arizona State University, and Sherri Mason, Associate Professor of Chemistry at SUNY Fredonia, explain the hazards of these particles in our water.

Guests:

Rolf Halden and Sherri Mason

Comments

Sashi
The app is called Beat the microbead or Warning: Plastics Inside!
Jan. 30 2014 04:41 PM
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Hollis from Brooklyn
What happens to the plastic bags I put in the designated recycling containers you find in various stores ? Are they really getting recycled
Jan. 30 2014 01:44 PM
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Stuart Garber from Brooklyn
Couldn't find the app your guest mentioned.
Jan. 30 2014 01:44 PM
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Kitty from White Plains
I'm assuming that there are plastic manufacturers that would fight the idea that micro beads should be stopped. Are companies not cutting them out immediately because of contracts with these companies?