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Plastitar: The newest pollution terminology coined

Along the coast of the Canary Islands, researchers discovered clumps of hardened tar with microplastic particles. This was found to be a common occurrence across the coastline resulting in the term ‘plastitar’. This is a unique combination of two usual pollutants, both of which are contaminants that threaten marine life.


Javier Hernández Borges, an associate professor of analytical chemistry at the University of La Laguna in Tenerife coined the term, explaining, “Now it’s giving rise to new formations; in this case, one that combines two contaminants” to The Guardian.