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GMIT study examines microplastic pollution in European waters

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A study undertaken at GMIT has examined, in-depth, micro plastic pollution in European Waters.

The study was commissioned by European network of marine NGO’s ‘Seas at Risk’ and compiled by micro plastic researchers at GMIT.

The report examines micro plastic sources and pathways within European waters and aims to provide useful information for decision-makers, stakeholders, researchers and the public.

It found that the predominant sources of plastics and micro plastics come from the agriculture sector, shipping industry and the fishing industry.

Offenders include plastic seed coatings, plastic mulching, containers lost at sea, and abandoned, lost and discarded fishing gear.

Of the plastic polymers tested, low density polyethylene – such as plastic milk bottles or shopping bags – released the highest concentrations of greenhouse gases when exposed to the sun.

The majority of micro plastics in the ocean were identified as fibres from clothing.

The report warns that the entire food chain, from plankton at the base up to the largest marine mammals, are under threat from the levels of micro plastic pollution in our oceans.

It’s also noted that by the year 2050, it’s estimated that 99 percent of all seabirds will have plastic in their digestive systems.

Based on a the research findings, a set of policy recommendations have been proposed to reduce and minimise plastic emissions, and consequently the impact of micro plastics in the marine environment.

The research at GMIT was carried out by Dr. João Frias, Dr. Róisín Nash, Dr Elena Pagter and Sin-dhura Sto-thra Bhash-yam M.Sc, along with Malcolm Deegan of Dublin-based MalDeegan Productions.

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242 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a further 242 Covid-19 cases.

67 people are in hospital with the disease – a drop of 2 compared to this day last week.

23 are in ICU – down 3 over the same period.

There are no local figures available due to issues relating to the cyber-attack on the HSE.

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Listen: Donagh Killilea elected new Cathaoirleach of Tuam municipal district

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Councillor Donagh Killilea has been elected as the new Cathaoirleach of the Tuam municipal district.

He replaces Councillor Joe Sheridan in the position, and was elected unanimously at a meeting of the district this afternoon.

Fianna Fáil Councillor Killilea outlines his priorities over the coming term:

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Minister says alternative bus service possible on Gort to Galway route

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The National Transport Authority has stated that private bus companies can operate on the Gort to Galway bus route.

Minister of State and Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte has received confirmation from the NTA that commercial bus operators can submit licence applications for the route at anytime.

It comes after Bus Éireann’s decision to cancel its evening service on the Galway to Cork Expressway 51 route – leaving passengers travelling to south Galway with no access to a public bus service after the last bus departs the city at 5:05pm.

The NTA has stated that potential applications will be considered based on the potential demand for the service with regards to the needs of consumers and any public services on or in the vicinity of the route.

Minister Rabbitte argues the decision by Bus Éireann has placed limitations on students, workers and general commuters travelling out of the city.

She is encouraging commercial bus operators to make an application and provide the vital service for commuters in the county.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.

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