The Shaw Institute is a nonprofit scientific research organization founded in 1990 by environmental health scientist Dr. Susan Shaw. Over three decades, our research on plastics, ocean pollution, flame retardants, and climate change has informed public opinion and fueled policy, impacting millions of people in the U.S. and worldwide.
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Edge of Extinction: Marine Mammals of the Northern Hemisphere
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Shaw Institute Founder Dr. Susan Shaw speaks with Discover Magazine’s David Taylor about our plastic future and what will catalyze change.
"I think we're at an inflection point with plastic," says Dr. Shaw. Studies have even found microplastic particles in the human placenta. "That says we have a lifetime exposure to plastic in children who are born today."
Read the full article here.
How does a small research Institute impact huge global issues – ocean pollution, plastics, microplastics, flame retardants, fire fighter cancer, climate change?
Tune in to hear our Founder Dr. Susan Shaw describe the Shaw Institute's unique brand of science that responds to real world problems and finds real world solutions.