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Microplastics in the environment: Much ado about nothing? A debate

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RT @martiwag: #microplastics: To act, or not to act? Read the final part of my @thePeerJ debate with @ThoBaSwe about #plasticpollution. Goo…
RT @martiwag: #microplastics: To act, or not to act? Read the final part of my @thePeerJ debate with @ThoBaSwe about #plasticpollution. Goo…
RT @ThoBaSwe: Here we go: final statements by @martiwag and myself in our debate on "microplastics in the environment - much ado about noth…
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RT @ThoBaSwe: Here we go: final statements by @martiwag and myself in our debate on "microplastics in the environment - much ado about noth…
RT @martiwag: #microplastics: To act, or not to act? Read the final part of my @thePeerJ debate with @ThoBaSwe about #plasticpollution. Goo…
RT @martiwag: #microplastics: To act, or not to act? Read the final part of my @thePeerJ debate with @ThoBaSwe about #plasticpollution. Goo…
RT @martiwag: #microplastics: To act, or not to act? Read the final part of my @thePeerJ debate with @ThoBaSwe about #plasticpollution. Goo…
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#microplastics: To act, or not to act? Read the final part of my @thePeerJ debate with @ThoBaSwe about #plasticpollution. Good to see we disagree on #precaution (for the sake of discourse). Feedback on format and content welcome! https://t.co/JktsKJAWOY
RT @ThoBaSwe: Here we go: final statements by @martiwag and myself in our debate on "microplastics in the environment - much ado about noth…
RT @ThoBaSwe: Here we go: final statements by @martiwag and myself in our debate on "microplastics in the environment - much ado about noth…
Here we go: final statements by @martiwag and myself in our debate on "microplastics in the environment - much ado about nothing?" https://t.co/KD1Q4xyIfq As usual: comments welcome! #microplastics #plasticpollution #PlasticsStrategy #PlasticBan
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A very interesting read on the microplastic debate https://t.co/S2PCLSJOru via @PeerJPreprints
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Microplastics in the environment: Much ado about nothing? A debate https://t.co/v6I4wxwUSu via @PeerJPreprints
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Learning a lot about microplastic research through this debate. I am loving the format!
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Supplemental Information

Supporting Information to version 4, contains one additional figure

DOI: 10.7287/peerj.preprints.26507v6/supp-1

Additional Information

Competing Interests

Thomas Backhaus is an Academic Editor for PeerJ. He is also a board member of the Food Packaging Forum (FPF) and the International Panel on Chemical Pollution (IPCP), two NGO’s that work on the issue of plastic packaging and chemical pollution in general. I do not receive any personal benefits from this work, financial or otherwise.

The authors declare that they have no further competing interests.

Author Contributions

Thomas Backhaus conceived and designed the experiments, analyzed the data, contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools, prepared figures and/or tables, authored or reviewed drafts of the paper, approved the final draft.

Martin Wagner conceived and designed the experiments, analyzed the data, contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools, prepared figures and/or tables, authored or reviewed drafts of the paper, approved the final draft.

Data Deposition

The following information was supplied regarding data availability:

This is a debate article. Work on it did not generate any data or code.

Funding

TB received no funding for this work. MW receives funding from the German Federal Ministry for Transportation and Digital Infrastructure, the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (02WRS1378, 01UU1603B, 03F0789D) and the European Commission (660306) to perform research on microplastics. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.


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