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ISSN (online): 2076-3298
Journal Sheet: Environments
Year of the Pubblication: 2021
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Apr
2021
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Add to Calendar 04/01/2021 08:00 Europe/Rome Plastic Contamination | Challenges and Solutions

Plastics are popular synthetic materials due to their advantageous properties, such as low density and high durability, which have led to their increased use in multiple applications. Either in larger or smaller sizes, known as microplastics and nanoplastics, plastics are continuously released to the environment, where they accumulate due to their resistance to degradation. For this reason, plastics now contaminate virtually every ecosystem on the planet, being considered a marker for the Anthropocene. The accumulation of plastics in the environment can have negative effects on organisms and ecosystems directly through toxicity, or indirectly through habitat changes. Most of this contamination originates from an unsustainable use and management of plastics, from production to consumption and disposal, which needs to be restructured in the context of a circular economy. This Special Issue invites novel contributions in the form of critical reviews and research papers to address all aspects of plastics, such as: (i) strategies or technologies to improve the production, use, and waste management of plastics; (ii) analytical methods for the assessment of micro/nanoplastics; (iii) concentrations and characteristics of micro/nanoplastics in the environment; (iv) ecotoxicological or abiotic effects of micro/nanoplastics; (v) the role of micro/nanoplastics as vectors of contaminants and pathogens. This Special Issue also welcomes contributions regarding changes in plastics policies, consumption, incorrect disposal, and waste management during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Keywords: plastics; plastic pollutionmicroplasticsnanoplasticswaste managementmitigation strategiesecotoxicologyhuman health.

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Code: CFP-E100-SI5_2021
Posting date: 19/10/2020

Plastic Contamination | Challenges and Solutions


Aims and Scope

Plastics are popular synthetic materials due to their advantageous properties, such as low density and high durability, which have led to their increased use in multiple applications. Either in larger or smaller sizes, known as microplastics and nanoplastics, plastics are continuously released to the environment, where they accumulate due to their resistance to degradation. For this reason, plastics now contaminate virtually every ecosystem on the planet, being considered a marker for the Anthropocene. The accumulation of plastics in the environment can have negative effects on organisms and ecosystems directly through toxicity, or indirectly through habitat changes. Most of this contamination originates from an unsustainable use and management of plastics, from production to consumption and disposal, which needs to be restructured in the context of a circular economy. This Special Issue invites novel contributions in the form of critical reviews and research papers to address all aspects of plastics, such as: (i) strategies or technologies to improve the production, use, and waste management of plastics; (ii) analytical methods for the assessment of micro/nanoplastics; (iii) concentrations and characteristics of micro/nanoplastics in the environment; (iv) ecotoxicological or abiotic effects of micro/nanoplastics; (v) the role of micro/nanoplastics as vectors of contaminants and pathogens. This Special Issue also welcomes contributions regarding changes in plastics policies, consumption, incorrect disposal, and waste management during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Keywords: plastics; plastic pollutionmicroplasticsnanoplasticswaste managementmitigation strategiesecotoxicologyhuman health.

Languages
English
Country
Switzerland
Topics
Big Data, Chemical & Material Sciences, Circular Economy, Clean Technologies, Climate Change, Data Analysis Processes, Data Management, Data Sensing and Analysis, Decision Support Systems, Dynamic Models, Ecology, Ecosystems, Environmental Assessment, Environmental Impact, Environmental Pollution, ICT, Industrial Engineering, Industry 4.0, Innovative Technologies, Interdisciplinary Approach, Internet of Things (IoT), Methodology, Modeling, Monitoring, Nature-based Solutions, Process Innovation, Process Management, Process Modeling and Simulation, Project Management, Recycled Materials, Resilience, Risk Management, Safety and Security, SDGs 2030, Sustainability, Sustainable Development, Waste Management, Waste Recovery, Water Pollution
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AGRICOLA (National Agricultural Library), AGRIS Agricultural Sciences and Technology (FAO), DOAJ, Emerging Sources Citation Index – Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics), Genamics JournalSeek, GeoRef (American Geosciences Institute),Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers (NSD), Scopus (Elsevier) Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics), CLOCKSS (Digital Archive), e-Helvetica (Swiss National Library Digital Archive), Academic OneFile (Gale/Cengage Learning), Google Scholar J-Gate (Informatics India), ProQuest Central (ProQuest), Science In Context (Gale/Cengage Learning), WorldCat (OCLC).

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Guest Editors
Dr. Teresa A. P. Rocha-Santos
Dr. Joana C. Prata