Microplastics in the atmosphere


  • Carlo Sala IJOEHY Editor in Chief


microplastics, atmosphere


Most publications on microplastics, considered ubiquitous pollutants, refer to water, sediments and soils. Recently attention has also been paid to their presence in the atmosphere. The available data are still relatively modest in number compared to those relating to other environmental matrices but they contribute to making an overall assessment of this area.


Choudhury A., Simnani, F.Z., Singh, D., Patel, P., Sinha, A., Nandi, A., Ghosh, A., Saha, U., Kumari, K., Jaganathan, S.K., Kaushik, N.K., Panda, P.K., Suar, M., Verma, S.K., Atmospheric microplastic and nanoplastic: The toxicological paradigm on the cellular system, Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, Volume 259, 2023,115018, ISSN 0147-6513.

Chen Q., Shi G., Revell L.E., Shang J., Xuo C., Wang D., Le Ru E., Wu G., Mitrano D.M. Long-range atmospheric transport of microplastics across the southern hemisphere: Nat Commun 14, 7898 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-023-43695-0

Lin, Y.-D.; Huang, P.-H.; Chen, Y.-W.; Hsieh, C.-W.; Tain, Y.-L.; Lee, B.-H.; Hou, C.-Y.; Shih, M.-K. Sources, Degradation, Ingestion and Effects of Microplastics on Humans: A Review. Toxics 2023, 11, 747. https://doi.org/10.3390/ toxics11090747

Prata, J.C., da Costa, J.P., Lope,s I., Duarte, A.C., Rocha-Santos T. Environmental exposure to microplastics: An overview on possible human health effects. Sci Total Environ. 2020 Feb 1;702:134455. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.134455. Epub 2019 Oct 4. PMID: 31733547.

REGOLAMENTO (UE) 2023/2055 DELLA COMMISSIONE del 25 settembre 2023 recante modifica dell’allegato XVII del regolamento (CE) n. 1907/2006 del Parlamento europeo e del Consiglio concernente la registrazione, la valutazione, l’autorizzazione e la restrizione delle sostanze chimiche (REACH) per quanto riguarda le microparticelle di polimeri sintetici

Wu, P., Lin, S., Cao, G., Wu, J., Jin, H., Wang, C., Wong, M.H., Yang, Z., Cai, Z., Absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion and toxicity of microplastics in the human body and health implications. J Hazard Mater. 2022 Sep 5;437:129361. doi: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2022.129361. Epub 2022 Jun 16. PMID: 35749897.

Yao, X., Luo, X-S, Fan, J. , Zhang, T. , Li, H., and Yaqian Wei, Y., Ecological and human health risks of atmospheric microplastics (MPs): a review Environ. Sci.: Atmos., 2022, 2, 921–942

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