Topic of the Month

Paradise under threat

Microplastic is contaminating and threatening the Maldives islands

Source: istock / Jag_cz

Location of the Maldives in the Indian Ocean. Illustration: NASA

Lhaviyani Atoll of the Maldives. Source: Wikipedia

Call for comprehensive and long-term research concepts

Seven students from Bayreuth in Germany sifting sand on the beach of the island of Vavvaru. Only particles bigger than one millimetre are examined subsequently in the laboratory on the island. Photo: Christian Laforsch

Small plastic particles reach the food chains

Examples of microplastic on the beaches of the island of Vavvaru: a red and a blue fragment of polyethylene and polyurethane (A and B); a polyethylene pellet of the kind used as a raw material by the plastics industry (C); a piece of polypropylene film (D); Photos: Hannes Imhof

What remains to be said by way of conclusion