Microplastics in the Ocean: Fact or Frenzy?
February 2, 2022 @ 6:00 pm
Cape Cod, MA
Date: Wednesday, February 2, 2022
Time: 6:00 PM EST (please note that this time has been updated)
Presented by Dr. Mark Hahn, Senior Scientist in the Biology Department of The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Microplastics—small pieces of plastic less than a quarter inch in diameter—are the latest ocean pollutants to raise concern among scientists and the public. Reports about microplastics appear almost daily in the news, and research on microplastics has exploded.
Yet we still don’t have answers to many of the most fundamental questions about these pollutants. What are the major sources of microplastics? Where do they go once they enter the ocean? How do they impact marine life? Are they a threat to human health? What is being done about microplastics in the ocean?
This presentation will address these questions and discuss how oceanographic studies can help us better understand—and ultimately solve—this global problem.
Event questions: Kenneth Brink `71
Registration questions: Cole Johnston
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