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Transport and release of chemicals from plastics to the environment and to wildlife

Overview of attention for article published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, July 2009
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24 news outlets
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4 blogs
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6 policy sources
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8 tweeters
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2 Facebook pages
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3 Wikipedia pages
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Title
Transport and release of chemicals from plastics to the environment and to wildlife
Published in
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, July 2009
DOI 10.1098/rstb.2008.0284
Pubmed ID
Authors

Emma L. Teuten, Jovita M. Saquing, Detlef R. U. Knappe, Morton A. Barlaz, Susanne Jonsson, Annika Björn, Steven J. Rowland, Richard C. Thompson, Tamara S. Galloway, Rei Yamashita, Daisuke Ochi, Yutaka Watanuki, Charles Moore, Pham Hung Viet, Touch Seang Tana, Maricar Prudente, Ruchaya Boonyatumanond, Mohamad P. Zakaria, Kongsap Akkhavong, Yuko Ogata, Hisashi Hirai, Satoru Iwasa, Kaoruko Mizukawa, Yuki Hagino, Ayako Imamura, Mahua Saha, Hideshige Takada

Abstract

Plastics debris in the marine environment, including resin pellets, fragments and microscopic plastic fragments, contain organic contaminants, including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, petroleum hydrocarbons, organochlorine pesticides (2,2'-bis(p-chlorophenyl)-1,1,1-trichloroethane, hexachlorinated hexanes), polybrominated diphenylethers, alkylphenols and bisphenol A, at concentrations from sub ng g(-1) to microg g(-1). Some of these compounds are added during plastics manufacture, while others adsorb from the surrounding seawater. Concentrations of hydrophobic contaminants adsorbed on plastics showed distinct spatial variations reflecting global pollution patterns. Model calculations and experimental observations consistently show that polyethylene accumulates more organic contaminants than other plastics such as polypropylene and polyvinyl chloride. Both a mathematical model using equilibrium partitioning and experimental data have demonstrated the transfer of contaminants from plastic to organisms. A feeding experiment indicated that PCBs could transfer from contaminated plastics to streaked shearwater chicks. Plasticizers, other plastics additives and constitutional monomers also present potential threats in terrestrial environments because they can leach from waste disposal sites into groundwater and/or surface waters. Leaching and degradation of plasticizers and polymers are complex phenomena dependent on environmental conditions in the landfill and the chemical properties of each additive. Bisphenol A concentrations in leachates from municipal waste disposal sites in tropical Asia ranged from sub microg l(-1) to mg l(-1) and were correlated with the level of economic development.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 17 <1%
United Kingdom 10 <1%
Brazil 7 <1%
Germany 6 <1%
Spain 5 <1%
France 4 <1%
Belgium 4 <1%
Mexico 4 <1%
South Africa 3 <1%
Other 25 1%
Unknown 1663 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 403 23%
Student > Master 402 23%
Student > Ph. D. Student 270 15%
Researcher 224 13%
Unspecified 168 10%
Other 281 16%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Environmental Science 527 30%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 503 29%
Unspecified 250 14%
Chemistry 108 6%
Engineering 102 6%
Other 258 15%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 251. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 29 July 2019.
All research outputs
#49,216
of 13,500,498 outputs
Outputs from Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
#19
of 5,034 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#48,067
of 12,838,371 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
#19
of 5,029 outputs
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