Junk Raft (2017) by Marcus Eriksen
Unsere journalistische Genossenschaft RiffReporter ist einem Korallenriff nachempfunden. Gemeinsam mit anderen Journalist*innen schaffen wir einen Ort voller Leben, Recherchen und Geschichten. Unsere Projekte nennen wir, passend zum Vorbild im Meer, “Korallen”. In meiner Plastisphere-Koralle gibt es deutsche Artikel zum Thema, einen Newsletter, und die Möglichkeit, meine Recherchen zu unterstützen. Mit Klick aufs Bild geht es zu RiffReporter:
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Sound installation Plastic_ity – by Saša Spačal
Can you hear the earthworms?
They are moving around, in the soil.
Music – Arlan Vale by Blue Dot Sessions
Everything that exists comes from it and it, like, grows from it. And everything that dies is decomposed in it. So, it’s a factor that has to be there and has to be alive with all the bacteria, all the little critters that can transform it into, really, living matter.
Welcome to the Plastisphere, the podcast on plastic, people, and the planet. My name is Anja Krieger.
Music – Valantis by Blue Dot Sessions
When we talk about plastic pollution, we often think of oceans and beaches. But plastic is literally everywhere. And that includes not only rivers, and lakes, but also the soil under our feet. The thin layer of ground that feeds all of us.
It’s not only the trash littering the parks and sideways. There are many ways plastic ends up in the soil. It can leak from factories and landfills, streets, rivers and washing mashines, and may come from packaging, paint, sneakers, tyres, t-shirts, even fertilizer.
For a long time, this terrestrial plastic has been overlooked. But now, it’s entering the spotlight. Scientists are starting to investigate the extent and impacts of plastic in the soil and in the ground. What do we know about them? That’s what I’m going to dig into in this episode. Continue reading “Ep.6 Transcript: Traces in the soil”
Plastic pollution also affects the soil, the thin layer of ground that feeds all of us. For a long time, this terrestrial plastic has been overlooked. Now scientists are starting to investigate the extent and impacts of plastic pollution in the soil and in the ground. What do we know about them? In this episode, Anja talks to artist Saša Spačal from Slovenia, soil biologist Matthias Rillig from Germany, Brazilian environmental scientist Abel Machado and geologist Reinhold Leinfelder. She learns more about the potential impacts and traces plastic leaves behind in the ground.
Music: Dorian Roy and Blue Dot Sessions
Cover art: Maren von Stockhausen
Thanks to: Julie Comfort, Brooke Watkins, Sedat Gündoğdu, Sam Athey, and Joachim Budde for editing the German post on RiffReporter
New episode on plastic in soils. Check it out!
Es wird viel über Plastik in der Umwelt geschrieben, aber was lohnt sich wirklich zu lesen, hören oder anzuschauen? Beim Empfehlungsdienst piqd verlinke ich Artikel, die ich spannend finde und allen ans Herz lege, die sich für das Thema interessieren. Hier geht es zu meinen bisherigen Lektüretipps auf piqd
I just found this beautifully designed page on facts and myths of plastic pollution by researcher Rhiannon Moore. Check it out!
Here’s a great initiative by Martin Wagner and Lesley Henderson to fact-check plastic pollution factoids: Which ones are fact, and which ones myth? Find out in the Google Doc “An inventory of factoids and myths on plastic pollution and microplastics”