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May 7, 2017
The Perils of Plastic
Dr. Sherri Mason, Professor of Chemistry and chair of the Department of Geology and Environmental Studies at SUNY Fredonia, will present the latest information about freshwater plastic pollution.
The study of plastic pollution started in the world’s oceans, most famously focused on what has been called the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” Despite a United Nations report suggesting that 80% of oceanic debris comes from land and, thus, was likely transported through fresh water systems to the sea, very little research with regard to marine debris has focused upon these freshwater systems. Dr. Mason and her team conducted the first-ever survey for plastic pollution within the open water of the Great Lakes, and will present the results from these studies as well as additional investigations that were conducted as a result of them, including impacts upon fish, birds and other wildlife.
She will offer suggestions on simple ways we can help to lessen the problem.
A reception will follow the program.
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