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dc.contributor.authorPatrício Silva, Ana L.es_ES
dc.contributor.authorPrata, Joana C.es_ES
dc.contributor.authorWalker, Tony R.es_ES
dc.contributor.authorDuarte, Armando C.es_ES
dc.contributor.authorOuyang, Weies_ES
dc.contributor.authorBarceló, Damiàes_ES
dc.contributor.authorRocha-Santos, Teresaes_ES
dc.identifier.citationChemical Engineering Journal 126683 (2020)es_ES
dc.description.abstractPlastics have become a severe transboundary threat to natural ecosystems and human health, with studies predicting a twofold increase in the number of plastic debris (including micro and nano-sized plastics) by 2030. However, such predictions will likely be aggravated by the excessive use and consumption of single-use plastics (including personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves) due to COVID-19 pandemic. This review aimed to provide a comprehensive overview on the effects of COVID-19 on macroplastic pollution and its potential implications on the environment and human health considering short- and long-term scenarios; addressing the main challenges and discussing potential strategies to overcome them. It emphasises that future measures, involved in an emergent health crisis or not, should reflect a balance between public health and environmental safety as they are both undoubtedly connected. Although the use and consumption of plastics significantly improved our quality of life, it is crucial to shift towards sustainable alternatives, such as bio-based plastics. Plastics should remain in the top of the political agenda in Europe and across the world, not only to minimise plastic leakage and pollution, but to promote sustainable growth and to stimulate both green and blue- economies. Discussions on this topic, particularly considering the excessive use of plastic, should start soon with the involvement of the scientific community, plastic producers and politicians in order to be prepared for the near future.es_ES
dc.description.sponsorshipThanks are due to CESAM (UIDP/50017/2020+UIDB/50017/2020), with the financial support from FCT/MCTES through national funds; and to the research projects comPET (PTDC/CTA-AMB/30361/2017) and MARSENSE (PTDC/BTA-GES/28770/2017) funded by FEDER, through COMPETE 2020 - Programa Operacional Competitividade e Internacionalização (POCI), and by national funds (OE), through FCT/MCTES. J.C.P. and A.L.P.S. were funded by Portuguese Science Foundation (FCT) through scholarship PD/BD/135581/2018 and PD/BPD/114870/2016 + CEECIND/01366/2018, respectively; under POCH funds, co-financed by the European Social Fund and Portuguese National Funds from MEC. T.R.W. was funded by a NSERC Discovery Grant RGPIN-2018-04119.es_ES
dc.publisherElsevier BVes_ES
dc.subjectPersonal Protective Equipment (PPE)es_ES
dc.titleIncreased plastic pollution due to Covid-19 pandemic: challenges and recommendationses_ES
dc.description.peerreviewedPeer reviewedes_ES
dc.contributor.funderFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (Portugal)es_ES
dc.contributor.funderMinistério da Ciência, Tecnologia e Ensino Superior (Portugal)es_ES
dc.contributor.funderCentro de Estudos do Ambiente e do Mar (Portugal)es_ES
dc.contributor.funderEuropean Commissiones_ES
dc.contributor.funderNatural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canadaes_ES
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