Updated 26 October 2021
The purpose of this eLibrary is to introduce the some of the recent evidence on the growth of water-borne plastic pollution and its impact on biodiversity and the environment. The list is not intended to be exhaustive. All the pieces are free-online. However, some items have been republished in Academia Edu [AE] and Research Gate [RG]. These can be accessed simply by registering at each (once only).
Adam, V., Yang, T. and Nowack, B. (2019) ‘Toward an ecotoxicological risk assessment of microplastics: Comparison of available hazard and exposure data in freshwaters’, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 38, 2, 436-447.
Ahazmi, H., Almansour, F.H. and Aldhafeeri, Z (2021) ‘Plastic Waste Management: A Review of Existing Life Cycle Assessment Studies’, Sustainability, 13, 10.
Barceló, D., e.a. (eds) (2019). Plastic Pollution in the Environment. Special edition of Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology 68,
Beaumont, N.J., e.a. (2019) ‘Global ecological, social and economic impacts of marine plastic’, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 142, 189-195.
Bergmann, M., e.a. (2019) ‘White and wonderful? Microplastics prevail in snow from the Alps to the Arctic’, Science Advances, 5, 8
Besseling, E., e.a. (2019) ‘Quantifying ecological risks of aquatic micro-and nanoplastic’, Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, 49, 1, 32-80
Beyond Plastics (2021) The New Coal Plastics & Climate Change
Beyond Plastics (2019) Plastic & Climate: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet
Blettler, M.C. and Wantzen, K.M. (2019) ‘Threats underestimated in freshwater plastic pollution: Mini-review’, Water, Air and Soil Pollution, 230, 174
Borrelle, S.B., e.a. (2020) ‘Predicted growth in plastic waste exceeds efforts to mitigate plastic pollution’, Science, 369, 6510, 1515-1518 [RG]
Brock, J., Volcovici, V. and John Geddie, J. (2021) ‘Special Report-The Recycling Myth: Big Oil’s Solution for Plastic Waste Littered with Failure’, Reuters, 29.7.2021.
Bucci, K., Tulio, M. and Rochman, C.M. (2019) ‘What is known and unknown about the effects of plastic pollution: A meta‐analysis and systematic review’, Ecological Applications, 30, 2.
Calcar, C.J. van and Emmerik, T.H.M. van (2019) ‘Abundance of plastic debris across European and Asian rivers’, Environmental Research Letters, 14
Canals, M., e.a.. (2021) ‘The quest for seafloor macrolitter: A critical review of background knowledge, current methods and future prospects’, Environmental Research Letters, 16, 2.
Carney Almroth, B. and Eggert, H. (2019) ‘Marine plastics pollution: Sources, impacts and policy issues’, Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 13, 317-26
CDB (2020) Marine Debris: Understanding, Preventing and Mitigating the Significant Adverse Impacts on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity. Technical Series 83.
Charles, D., Kimman, L. and Saran, N. (2021) The Plastic Waste Makers Index. Minderoo Foundation.
Claro, F., e.a. (2019) ‘Tools and constraints in monitoring interactions between marine litter and megafauna: Insights from case studies around the world’, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 141, 147-160.
Dalberg Advisors (2017) Plastics: The Costs to Society, the Environment and the Economy WWF Report
Dalberg Advisors, WWF Mediterranean Marine Initiative (2019), Stop the Flood of Plastic: How Mediterranean Countries Can Save Their Sea
Danopoulos, E., e.a. (2020) ‘Microplastic contamination of seafood intended for human consumption: a systematic review and meta-analysis’, Environmental Health Perspective, 128
Dauvergne, P. (2018) ‘Why is the global governance of plastic failing the oceans?’, Global Environmental Change, 51, 22-31
De Azvedo-Santes, V.M. e.a. (2021) ‘Plastic pollution: A focus on freshwater biodiversity’, AMBIO A Journal of the Human Environment
De Frond, H.L., e.a. (2018) ‘Estimating the mass of chemicals associated with ocean plastic pollution to inform mitigation efforts’, Integrated Environmental Assessment Management, 15, 596-606.
de Sá, L.C., e.a. (2018) ‘Studies of the effects of microplastics on aquatic organisms: What do we know and where should we focus our efforts in the future?’, Science of The Total Environment, 645, 1029-1039.
Diez, S.M., e.a. (2019) Marine Pollution in the Caribbean: Not a Minute to Waste, World Bank
Emmerik, T. van and Schwarz, A. (2019) ‘Plastic debris in rivers’, WIREs Water 7, 1
European Parliament (2021) The environmental impacts of plastics and micro-plastics use, waste and pollution: EU and national measures
Farrelly, T., Borelle, S. and Fuller, S. (2020) Plastic Pollution Prevention in Pacific Island Countries: Gap Analysis of Current Legislation, Policies and Plans. Environmental Investigation Agency
Ford, H.V., e.a. (2021) ‘The fundamental links between climate change and marine plastic pollution’, Science of the Total Environment, 806, 1.
Galgani, F., e.a. (2021) ‘Are litter, plastic and microplastic quantities increasing in the ocean?’, Microplastics and Nanoplastics, 1, 2.
Geyer, R., Jambeck, J.R. and Law, K.L. (2017) ‘Production, use and fate of all plastics ever made’, Science Advances, 3, 7.
Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (2019) Discarded: Communities on the Frontlines of the Global Plastic Crisis. April 2019. 24 pp
Hallanger, I.G. and Gabrielsen, G.W. (2018) Plastics in the European Arctic Brief Report No. 045, Norwegian Polar Institute
Haward, M. (2018) ‘Plastic pollution of the world’s seas and oceans as a contemporary challenge in ocean governance’, Nature Communications, 9, 667
Horton, A.A. and Bissett, I. (2021) Impacts of Plastic Pollution on Freshwater Aquatic, Terrestrial and Avian Migratory Species in the Asia and Pacific Region UN Environment Prg
Karasik, R., e.a.. (2020) 20 Years of Government Responses to the Global Plastic Pollution Problem. Duke University
Lau, W.Y., e.a. (2020) ‘Evaluating scenarios toward zero plastic pollution’, Science, 369, 6510, 1455-1461
Maes, T., e.a.. (2018) ‘Below the surface: Twenty-five years of seafloor litter monitoring in coastal seas of North West Europe (1992- 2017)’, Science of The Total Environment, 630, 790-798
Meijer, J.J., e.a. (2021) ‘More than 1000 rivers account for 80% of global riverine plastic emissions into the ocean’, Science Advances, 7, 18.
Ocean Care (2017) Plastic, plastic everywhere.
Ocean Conservancy and McKinsey Center for Business and Environment (2015) Stemming the Tide; Land-based Strategies for a Plastic-free Ocean
Ostle, C., e.a. (2019) ‘The rise in ocean plastics evidence from a 60-year time series’, Nature Communications 10, 1622
Portfolio Earth (2021) Bankrolling Plastics. The banks that fund plastic packaging pollution
Shen, M., e.a. (2020) ‘(Micro)plastic crisis: Un- ignorable contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions and climate change’, Journal of Cleaner Production, 254
Suaria, G., e.a. (2020) ‘Microfibers in oceanic surface waters: A global characterization’, Science Advances, 6, 23
Susanti, N.K.Y, Mardiastuti, A. and Wardianto, Y. (2020) ‘Microplastics and the Impact of Plastic on Wildlife: A Literature Review’, IOP Conference Series Earth and Environmental Science [RG]
Takada, H. and Bell, L. (2021) Plastic Waste Management Hazards: Waste-to-Energy, Chemical Recycling, and Plastic Fuels. International Pollutants Elimination Network.
Thushari, G.G.N., e.a. (2020) ‘Plastic pollution in the marine environment’, Heliyon, 6, 8.
Tibbetts, J., e.a. (2018) ‘Abundance, distribution and drivers of microplastics contamination in urban river environments’, Water, 10, 11, 1597-1611
Tullo, A. (2018) ‘Should Plastics Be a Source of Energy?’ Chemical & Engineering News, 24.9.2018.
Villarubia-Gómez, P., Cornell, S.E. and Fabres, J. (2018) ‘Marine plastic pollution as a planetary boundary threat – the drifting piece in the sustainable puzzle’, Marine Policy, 96, 213-220
Wiesinger, H., Wang, Z. and Stefanie Hellweg, S (2021) ‘Deep Dive into Plastic Monomers, Additives, and Processing Aids’, Environmental Science & Technology, 55, 13, 9339–9351. [RG]
Wilcox, C., Sebille, E. van, and Hardesty, B.D. (2015) ‘Threat of plastic pollution to seabirds is global, pervasive, and increasing’ Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 38, 11899-11904