Research team from the Technical University of Vienna suspects measurement errors
In an article that appeared in the specialist journal "Applied Spectroscopy" in July, a research team from the Institute of Chemical Technologies and Analytics at the Technical University of Vienna cast doubt over the results of numerous studies on...
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Interview: Plastics from the washing machine
A number of studies are currently occupied with the residues left over after the washing of garments. Jörg Klasmeier and Melanie Wissing from the Institute of Environmental Systems Research (USF) at the University of Osnabrück are also studying what...
The reusability of fishing nets
A considerable percentage of the plastic litter in the seas is made up of so-called "ghost nets", which are basically plastic nets abandoned by fishing vessels. A laboratory test now sets out to show whether retrieved fishing nets of this kind can be...
Helpful information service
Fabiano Prado Barretto, a Brazilian living in Hamburg, has for many years now been an untiring activist in the matter of Marine Litter. Many people regularly enjoy his newsletter containing information on new scientific publications on the topic of...
PlaMoWa stands for "Plastic Monitoring in Waters" and is a so-called ZIM network of research institutes and companies. Its aim is to develop and establish methods and services for the fast collection of data on the level of pollution by plastic...
Fighting plastic litter with a floating platform
An architecture student from Aachen, Germany, has, as part of her final thesis, developed a device the size of an oil drilling platform that can fish more than 350 tons of plastic litter from the world's seas every day. On the computer, the machine...
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TU Munich calls for harmonisation in the measuring procedures for microplastics
Researchers at the Technical University of Munich have complained that the measurements made so far of microplastics in our waters are not reliable. After a critical review of past studies, they want to see a harmonisation of the measuring procedures...
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RETech: The transfer of know-how to combat further pollution
German RETech Partnership is a network which supports the export of innovative technologies and know-how transfer in the field of waste management with a special focus on markets in emerging and developing countries. RETech's input to an...
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LITTERBASE is online
The Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) provides a new online portal for marine litter and its ecological impact. The LITTERBASE database is designed to make the available knowledge about marine litter...
Interview: Round Table Against Marine Litter
One year ago, the Federal Government and the Federal States started a joint initiative together with businesses and trade associations: the Round Table against marine litter. The main driving forces were the German Environment Ministry, the Lower...