World Pollution Prevention Day

#WorldPollutionPreventionDay is celebrated to raise awareness about the increase in pollution globally. The day is observed each year on December 2nd to remember the thousands of people who died in the Bhopal (India) gas disaster in 1984. 

The importance of the day 

The purpose of the day is to promote the adoption of pollution prevention strategies by businesses and individuals and to raise public awareness about environmental pollution, including water, air and noise.  

The health effects of micro- and nanoplastics are still largely unknown!

In recent years scientists have detected micro- and nanoplastics (MNPs) all around the world, in urban atmospheres, as well as in remote and pristine environments. It has become clear that micro- and nanoplastics pollution is a global problem. People inhale MNPs through the air and ingest them through food and water, yet at this stage, it is unknown how many of them are out in the environment as there are no tools to measure and characterise them with precision, nor is it known what effects they have on human health.

In IMPTOX, we aim to create a cross-disciplinary platform to design innovative analytical approaches to characterise and measure MNPs in the environment and understand their impact on health.

We are proud to be part of the five multi-disciplinary CUSP projects that are producing evidence to inform EU policies on chemicals, plastics, food, and water. We are collaborating closely with the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) to enhance the policy relevance and impact of our research.

Our scientific teams are coordinating efforts to better comprehend exposure routes, produce new knowledge in the assessment of hazards and risks, develop new analytical tools, encourage data sharing, conduct interlaboratory comparisons, and communicate and disseminate research findings.