Plastics are Forever

Dr. Chelsea Rochman, an associate professor at the University of Toronto, says plastic, everyone's favourite cheap and easy resource, comes with a high price. Microscopic pieces of plastic flake off every time we wield a disposable bag, or wash a polyester sweater, or any number of things. They permeate our water, air, soil, bodies, even unborn foetuses. It's a problem that will plague humans for untold generations unless, she says, we take aggressive action to control our plastic addiction.




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Guest Bio

Dr. Chelsea Rochman

Chelsea Rochman is an Assistant Professor in Ecology at the University of Toronto and a co-founder of the U of T Trash Team. Chelsea has been researching the sources, sinks and ecological implications of plastic debris in marine and freshwater habitats for more than a decade. She has published dozens of scientific papers in respected journals and has led international working groups about plastic pollution. In addition to her research, Chelsea works to translate her science beyond academia. For example, Chelsea presented her work to the United Nations General Assembly and is called upon to advise the provincial and federal governments on policies related to plastic pollution. Through the U of T Trash Team, she leads local science efforts that can directly inform local and global mitigations efforts.


Resources

Science paper: Microplastics research—from sink to source

Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Review Paper: Rethinking microplastics as a diverse contaminant suite

Alfred-Wegner Institute Marine Litter and Microplastics Research

California Legislation of Microplastics in Drinking Water


Additional & Related Links

Find Chelsea Rochchman on Twitter

Chelsea Rochman's Website

University of Toronto Trash Team Website

University of Toronto Trash Team on Twitter

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