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Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Microplastic Pollution in the Mediterranean Sea

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  • Highlights the latest international research on microplastic pollution, helping readers understand the diverse effects of this phenomenon
  • Describes the origin of microplastic pollution in seawater, encouraging readers to find suitable eco-sustainable alternatives to plastics
  • Discusses mitigation approaches for microplastic pollution, supporting the preservation of marine ecosystems

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This book addresses a broad range of issues concerning microplastic pollution, including microplastic pollution in various environments (freshwater, marine, air and soil); the sources, fate and effects of microplastics; detection systems for microplastic pollution monitoring; green approaches for the synthesis of environmentally friendly polymers; recovery and recycling of marine plastics; wastewater treatment plants as a microplastic entrance route; nanoplastics as emerging pollutants; degradation of plastics in the marine environment; impacts of microplastics on marine life; microplastics: from marine pollution to the human food chain; mitigation of microplastic impacts and innovative solutions; sampling, extraction, purification and identification approaches for microplastics; adsorption and transport of pollutants on and in microplastics; and lastly, the socio-economic and environmental impacts: assessment and risk analysis. 
In addition to presenting cutting-edge information and highlighting current trends and issues, the book proposes concrete solutions to help face this significant environmental threat. It is chiefly intended for researchers and industry decision-makers; international, national and local institutions; and NGOs, providing them with comprehensive information on the origin of the problem; its effects on marine environments, with a particular focus on the Mediterranean Sea and coasts; and recent and ongoing research activities and projects aimed at finding technical solutions to mitigate the phenomenon. 

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Table of contents (51 papers)

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Editors and Affiliations

  • IPCB, National Research Council of Italy (CNR), Pozzuoli, Italy

    Mariacristina Cocca, Emilia Di Pace, Maria Emanuela Errico, Gennaro Gentile

  • IAS, National Research Council of Italy (CNR), Genova, Italy

    Alessio Montarsolo

  • STIIMA, National Research Council of Italy (CNR), Biella, Italy

    Raffaella Mossotti

  • IPCB, National Research Council of Italy, Pozzuoli, Italy

    Maurizio Avella

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