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Unusual pollution suspects

Unusual pollution suspects research highlights COASTAL MONITORING Sci. Total Environ. http://doi.org/c4rg (2019); Sci. Total Environ. 673, 511–521 (2019) Credit: A.P.S. (UK) / Alamy Stock Photo Public awareness about ocean plastic pollution has surged in recent years. Less well known about is pollution from chemical substances categorized as emergent, including food additives, pesticides and personal care products. They tend to be ubiquitous in high-consumption societies and make their way seamlessly into ocean habitats via river discharge. Even at small concentrations, some of these substances can be detrimental to human and natural health. As with microplastic pollution, wastewater treatments are unable to capture many emergent pollutants and their detection requires laborious monitoring. Sarah Letsinger from the University of Leeds, UK, and colleagues analysed pharmaceutical concentrations in 12 estuaries in the UK. The most abundant were ibuprofen and paracetamol, particularly in the Humber Estuary, northeast England, where the authors recorded some of the highest concentrations ever measured in estuaries. They also found seasonal variations. In the same European continental shelf, Alyssa Azaroff and colleagues from Institut des Sciences Analytiques et de Physicochimie pour l’Environnement et les Matériaux, France, analysed mercury compounds in sediments of a submarine canyon just off the southwest coast of France. They http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nature Sustainability Springer Journals

Unusual pollution suspects

Nature Sustainability , Volume 2 (5) – May 13, 2019

Unusual pollution suspects

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research highlights COASTAL MONITORING Sci. Total Environ. http://doi.org/c4rg (2019); Sci. Total Environ. 673, 511–521 (2019) Credit: A.P.S. (UK) / Alamy Stock Photo Public awareness about ocean plastic pollution has surged in recent years. Less well known about is pollution from chemical substances categorized as emergent, including food additives, pesticides and personal care products. They tend to be ubiquitous in high-consumption societies and make their way seamlessly into ocean...
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Springer Journals
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Copyright © 2019 by Springer Nature Limited
Subject
Environment; Sustainable Development
eISSN
2398-9629
DOI
10.1038/s41893-019-0296-0
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research highlights COASTAL MONITORING Sci. Total Environ. http://doi.org/c4rg (2019); Sci. Total Environ. 673, 511–521 (2019) Credit: A.P.S. (UK) / Alamy Stock Photo Public awareness about ocean plastic pollution has surged in recent years. Less well known about is pollution from chemical substances categorized as emergent, including food additives, pesticides and personal care products. They tend to be ubiquitous in high-consumption societies and make their way seamlessly into ocean habitats via river discharge. Even at small concentrations, some of these substances can be detrimental to human and natural health. As with microplastic pollution, wastewater treatments are unable to capture many emergent pollutants and their detection requires laborious monitoring. Sarah Letsinger from the University of Leeds, UK, and colleagues analysed pharmaceutical concentrations in 12 estuaries in the UK. The most abundant were ibuprofen and paracetamol, particularly in the Humber Estuary, northeast England, where the authors recorded some of the highest concentrations ever measured in estuaries. They also found seasonal variations. In the same European continental shelf, Alyssa Azaroff and colleagues from Institut des Sciences Analytiques et de Physicochimie pour l’Environnement et les Matériaux, France, analysed mercury compounds in sediments of a submarine canyon just off the southwest coast of France. They

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Published: May 13, 2019

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