Microplastics shred oceanic and human health

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Plastic pollution of  the world’s oceans was already being mentioned in the scientific literature in the early 1970s. Today, oceans are going through an increasingly severe crisis. Carpenter and Smith [1972] were the first researchers to sound the alarm about the presence of polystyrene spherules in coastal waters. They wrote: “… The increasing production of
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Oceanic coordination chemistry for the benefit of energy supply

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Experts estimate that oceans contain huge stocks of uranium. Uranium is a naturally occurring radioactive element and contemporary uses of uranium exploit its unique nuclear properties. Mineral resources of uranium are limited however – the discovery of uranium in the mineral pitchblende is credited to Martin Heinrich Klaproth (1743 – 1817). Seawater, on the other
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Will the packaging industry opt for more sustainable, perhaps even non-existent food packaging?

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  Adding thyme and/or basil to your next salad dressing will enhance the flavor of your fresh greens. And, more importantly, it will ensure the  safety of the produce. Washing lettuce in a solution containing either basil (Ocimum basilicum) or thyme (genus Thymus with ~350 species) essential oil (EO), at a concentration of 1 %,
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Oyster reproduction is adversely affected by plastic debris

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The ocean is choking. Oceanic plastic pollution is a recent, anthropogenic and worldwide catastrophe. It is persistent, pervasive and pernicious. Once the plastic gets into the estuaries, shallow seas and deep oceans it causes harm to the seawater ecosystems and organisms, damages coastal economies, perturbs leisure activities, and ultimately affects human health [Plastic Oceans – http://www.plasticoceans.net]. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch for instance is a gyre of debris particles in the North and Central Pacific Ocean, west of the Californian beaches. Vast amounts of pelagic plastics and chemical sludge are caught
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Why we should be concerned about the omnipresence of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances that find their way into our environment and into our bodies

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Fluorinated substances is a non-specific name for organic and inorganic substances that contain at least one fluor (F) atom. Synonyms are fluorochemicals and fluorinated chemicals. An important, but rather controversial part of the fluorinated substances is the group of highly fluorinated aliphatic substances. They contain at least one carbon (C) atom on which all the
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Dioxins levels in fertilizers from Belgium: Determination and Evaluation of the Potential Impact on Soil Contamination

Dioxins are harmful persistent organic pollutants (POPs) to which humans are exposed mostly via the consumption of animal products. They can enter the food chain at any stage, including crop fertilization. Fertilizers belong to several categories: synthetic chemicals providing the essential elements (mostly N, P and K) that are required by the crops but also
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