Consumption

What can be done to reduce plastic usage?

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Bioplastics

Can we replace conventional plastics with sustainable materials?

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Microplastics

What are the effects of plastic waste in the environment?

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Marine Litter

How do we cope with plastic waste in the environment?

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News

21 February 2018

Vietnam’s island Phu Quoc: What’s left from the paradise?


Vietnam gained dubious fame: Its one of the top five countries contributing most to marine litter. So, what’s the case? Insights from my first field study: The case of Phu Quoc.

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15 December 2017

Marine Plastic Pollution: The Discovery of an Environmental Problem


Johanna and Carolin have published an article in the special issue “Seas and Oceans” of Aus Politik- und Zeitgeschichte (APuZ) discussing how science has discovered the phenomenon of garbage patches in the oceans and how microplastics are negotiated at the interface of science and society.

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23 November 2017

Understanding the Risks of Microplastics – now published


The diagnosis that we are living in a world-risk society formulated by Ulrich Beck twenty years ago (Beck 1996) has lost nothing of its power, especially against the background of the Anthropocene debate. “Global risks” have been identified which are caused by human activities, technology and modernization processes. Microplastics are a byproduct of exactly these modernization processes, being distributed globally by physical processes like ocean currents, and causing effects far from their place of origin.

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