The Impact of Plastic on Wildlife

Apr 10, 2019
Originally published on April 10, 2019 2:03 pm

A plastic bag or a six pack ring floating by in the ocean would cause someone to cringe. Large pieces of plastics are easy to spot, campaign around and clean up. But who cleans up the nearly invisible pieces of plastic floating around bodies of water? Those tiny pieces are called microplastics.

Dr. Terry Root, a senior fellow emerita at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University, is focusing on this particular issue. Her research focus is addressing how plants and animals change as a result of the changing climate. The Nobel Peace Prize Award co-winner will speak about the damaging effects of microplastics in an event called “Innocent Victims: Impact of Plastic on Wildlife” this Friday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Congregational United Church in Punta Gorda.

Dr. Root phones into the studio today to teach us about the way microplastics are choking the life out of plants and wildlife.

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