Polarquest Microplastic research featured in new book

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November 2020

Microplastic pollution
Polarquest 2018

 

The world-first research into microplastics conducted by the Polarquest team has been featured in a new book published by Springer: “Mare Plasticum – The Plastic Sea” 

Presented at the Genoa Science Festival 2020, this newly published book covers plenty of fascinating science, such as insights into the impacts of plastics and microplastics. 

Polarquest team members Gianluca Casagrande, Stefano Aliani, Paola Catapano, Mike Struik, and Valeria Catapano made direct contributions to the book. The research carried out during the Polarquest 2018 expedition is included. 

Collecting microplastic samples in the Arctic during the Polarquest 2018 expedition

Springer publishers describe the book in a new press release:

“The menace plastic poses to marine environments and organisms is one of the most pressing issues of our time. Presented at the Genoa Science Festival 2020, this newly published book covers plenty of fascinating science, such as insights into the impacts of plastics and microplastics. It connects Science with Arts, because the authors consider this to be an effective way to raise and increase awareness and to back education on sustainable issues.

The book was written by a multidisciplinary team of authors comprising scientists, artists and communicators, amongst them CERN pioneer Marilena Streit-Bianchi. It takes readers on a journey that begins on the beaches of Galicia, culminates with a short “plastic story” and explores the historical developments as well as sustainable solutions and protective measures.

By revealing a disturbing vision of the future significance of plastics for humans, Mare Plasticum tries to change society’s consciousness towards more responsible and effective behavior, to alert the audience to the urgent need for action.”