Mare Plasticum - The Plastic Sea - Streit-Bianchi Marilena (Curatore); Cimadevila Margarita (Curatore); Trettnak Wolfgang (Curatore) | Libro Springer 07/2020 -

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Mare Plasticum - The Plastic Sea Combatting Plastic Pollution Through Science and Art

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Lingua: Inglese


Pubblicazione: 07/2020
Edizione: 1st ed. 2020


This book, written by a multidisciplinary team of authors comprising scientists, artists and communicators, explores one of the most pressing issues of our time – the menace plastics pose to marine environments and organisms. It takes readers on a journey that begins on the beaches of Galicia, where the beach litter formed the starting point for an exhibition that combines art and science to alert the audience to the urgent need for action. The journey culminates with a short “plastic story”, which reveals a disturbing vision of the future significance of plastics for humans, and an example of how comics can deliver information to a younger audience. Along the way there is plenty of fascinating science, such as insights into the impacts of plastics and microplastics; the new marine ecosystem, known as the “plastisphere”; and the current status of the oceans, from the Arctic to the Mediterranean. The book also explores the historical developments; sustainable solutions, including the use of circular economy methodologies; and protective measures, like those being tried in China and the Far East. Lastly, it describes the role played by rivers as transport vectors for plastic, with special reference to the Danube, and to complete the picture, since most of the plastic is of terrestrial origin, it investigates problems related to microplastics in soils.




The exhibition MARE PLASTICUM – Art and Science for the Environment

Margarita Cimadevila and Wolfgang Trettnak

A brief history of plastics

Roland Geyer

Plastics and microplastics: Impacts in the marine environment

Madeleine Steer and Richard C. Thompson

The (Un)Natural History of the “Plastisphere”, A New Marine Ecosystem

Erik Zettler and Linda Amaral-Zettler

Polarquest 2018 expedition: plastic debris at 82°07´ North

Stefano Aliani,  Gianluca Casagrande, Paola Catapano and Valeria Catapano

The impact of Marine Litter in marine protected areas (MPAs) in the Mediterranean Sea: How can we protect MPAs?

Maria Cristina Fossi and Christina Panti

Plastic in China: a short history of a crisis

Isabel Hilton

“Down by the river”: (micro-) plastic pollution of running freshwaters with special emphasis on the Austrian Danube   

Aaron Lechner

Small plastic wastes in soils: What is our real perception of the problem?

Andrés Rodríguez-Seijo and Ruth Pereira

Europe’s move towards plastic free ocean

Maris Stulgis

Plastic Pollution in the Oceans - A Systemic Analysis: status quo and possible sustainable solutions

Gianlauro Casoli and Shyaam Ramkumar

“Toys for the winter” (A plastic story)

Eugenio Triana

“The bottlenose dolphin” (An eco-comic)

Wolfgang Trettnak


Marilena Streit-Bianchi was born in Rome (Italy). She received a doctorate in Biological Sciences from the University of Rome and joined CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, in Geneva (Switzerland), in 1969.  She has been a pioneer in the study of high-energy particles produced by accelerators for cancer treatment. She has held managerial positions in the area of safety training and technology transfer and is currently a senior honorary staff member at CERN, actively engaged in art and science as a book editor and curator of exhibitions in Europe and Mozambique.

Margarita Cimadevila The artist who was born in Sada (A Coruña, Spain), graduated in Chemistry. She then worked as a secondary school science teacher for the Government of Galicia for thirty years, nine of them as director. Her artistic work combines science and art on topics such as the particle physics at CERN, women in science, gender equality and eco art. She is president of the organization ARSCIENCIA and a member of AMIT (Spanish Association of Women Researchers and Technologists). Her work has been exhibited in Europe, America and China.

Wolfgang Trettnak was born in Graz (Austria) and received a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Graz. He undertook applied research on sensors and biosensors for several years and published a number of scientific articles. In 2002 he became a freelance artist, and his work, which comprises painting, object art, and installations, has been exhibited in Europe, America, and China. His work links science with art on subjects such as bionics, electronics, luminescence and environmental topics.

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Condizione: Nuovo
Dimensioni: 235 x 155 mm Ø 571 gr
Formato: Copertina rigida
Illustration Notes:14 Illustrations, black and white
Pagine Arabe: 252
Pagine Romane: xv

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