Microplastics: What do we know about this emerging contaminant?

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All plastics shed small particles that are carried in the atmosphere, indoor and outdoor air, weather and earth systems, freshwater systems, oceans, soils and plants, and in the bodies of animals—including humans. This report summarizes what is currently known about the cause and fate of microplastics in the environment and our bodies, and how it could impact human health.

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