10 Dec 2019 7:00 pm
Moving to the “Plasticene” Era? – A Primer on Growing Ecological and Human Health Concerns from Microplastics in the Canadian Environment
7:00 p.m. Social
7:30 p.m. Formal program
Speaker: Terry McIntyre, Ph.D. P.Ag.
Location: Salon B, K.W. Neatby Building, Central Experimental Farm, 960 Carling Avenue
For years, substantive quantities of plastic wastes have been leaking into the Canadian environment without much public concern. The consequences of this inaction to ecosystems, wildlife species, and food and drinking water sources are only now beginning to be understood. This presentation will provide an overview of Canada’s current obsession with plastics, their unique physical / chemical characteristics; their major breakdown products of concern (sp. microplastics of less than 5mm); key entry points into the environment; mode of action, current environmental burden and affected and vulnerable wildlife species; government actions to date; and finally recommended future actions by scientific research community, industry, government officials, and Canadian consumers.