Impacts of Chemical Toxicity of Plastics Pollution to Aquatic Life
This online engineering PDH course synthesizes the state of the science on the potential chemical toxicity of ingested plastic and associated chemicals on aquatic organisms and aquatic-dependent wildlife.
Since mass-production of plastics began in the 1940s and 1950s, the amount of plastic debris entering marine and freshwater ecosystems has increased by several orders of magnitude. However, recently the accumulation and potential impacts of plastic pollution has been recognized as an emerging environmental. Recent estimates suggest that 4.8 to 12.7 million metric tons of plastic waste entered the global marine environment in 2010.
Plastic particles are generally the most abundant type of debris encountered in the marine environment with estimates suggesting that plastics comprise between 60% and 80% of total marine debris. The focus of this course is primarily on marine systems, with data provided on the Great Lakes and other freshwater systems, where available.
This 2 PDH online course is applicable to environmental engineers as well as other technical personnel interested in gaining knowledge about the impacts of chemical toxicity of plastics pollution to aquatic life.
This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:
- Familiarizing with common plasticizers and polymer additives and their main properties
- Familiarizing with sources and transport of plastics to the aquatic environment
- Gaining a general overview on the sorption of chemicals to plastics in the aquatic environment
- Understanding the different types, quantities, and abundance of plastics in the aquatic environment
- Learning about toxicological impacts of chemicals associated with plastics on aquatic organisms and aquatic-dependent wildlife
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