Microplastis in the Rhine
Scientific insights and open questions
Lecture by Prof. Patricia Holm, ecologist in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Basel
Free admission, no booking required, in German
Plastic waste and microplastics are seen as a new environmental problem that concerns us all and will concern us even more in the future. Is a miracle material - light, versatile, inexpensive - becoming a curse that we can no longer get rid of? Because the longer plastic material is in the environment, the smaller and less visible the particles produced during decomposition become and the greater the risk that it will be ingested by organisms. But: what do we really know about the spread of microplastics in our environment, in our waters and about the effects on plants and animals? Based on her own years of research on microplastics in the Rhine and other ecosystems, the speaker explores these questions and tries to paint a clearer picture of the facts and issues.