Plastics in the marine environment: the dark side of a modern gift.

  title={Plastics in the marine environment: the dark side of a modern gift.},
  author={Jort Hammer and Michiel H. S. Kraak and John R. Parsons},
  journal={Reviews of environmental contamination and toxicology},
Plastics are cheap, strong, and durable and offer considerable benefits to humanity. They potentially can enhance the benefits that both medical and scientific technology will bestow to humankind. However, it has now been several decades since the use of plastics exploded, and we have evidence that our current approach to production, use, transport and disposal of plastic materials has caused, and is still causing serious effects on wildlife, and is not sustainable. Because of frequent… 
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