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Plastics in the environment

There is growing concern about the use of plastics and their effects on the environment and human health. With the support of the Baumgart Estate, Royal Society Te Apārangi is developing expert advice to raise public awareness and inform understanding of the persistence of plastics in the environment.

The project will explore the following issues:

  • Where plastics are used
  • Plastics in the environment
  • Effects of plastics and microplastics on human and animal health
  • Social change and plastic use
  • Plastic alternatives and associated environmental impacts.

For further information, contact Dr Francine Harland (Francine.harland@royalsociety.org.nz)