Microplastics – GBRI
 

A new report from environmental campaign group Friends of the Earth identified four main culprits behind microplastic pollution in the oceans from sources in the UK – vehicle tyres, synthetic clothing, plastic pellets used to make plastic items and plastic paints that flake off from buildings. Out of these, the two leading sources are tyre abrasion, […]

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We have literally drowned our planet in plastic – plastic debris can be found in the deepest of oceans, inside the bodies of marine animals, table salt, drinking water and so on. Unsurprisingly, microplastics have now found their way inside our bodies too. A small study has detected microplastics in human excrement for the first […]

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The news that a team of researchers from South Korea’s Incheon National University and Greenpeace East Asia found microplastics in a whopping 90% of table salt they sampled shouldn’t really come as a surprise considering how ruthlessly we are dumping millions of tons of plastic trash into our water bodies every year. Microplastics are virtually everywhere. […]

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A recent research has confirmed that microplastics that contaminate our water bodies are spread to new environments via insects who ingest them. In fact, a research has found nearly half of the mayfly and caddisfly larvae in rivers in Wales contained microplastics. This also proves to be fatal for birds and animals who feed on such […]

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A recent research conducted by Michael Scheurer and Moritz Bigalke at the Geographical Institute of the University of Bern revealed that even remote mountain regions in Switzerland are contaminated with microplastics. The scientists warned that the situation might be worse in other countries where waste management practices aren’t as effective. The researchers analysed soil samples from […]

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We all know how grave the problem of marine plastic pollution is. Now the bad news is that synthetic microfibers seem to have found their way into products we consume on a daily basis, thinking they are absolutely safe. A new study published last week found plastic particles in tap water, beer, and sea salt. The […]

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A recent research has found the world’s highest microplastic pollution in a river near Manchester, UK. The research also concluded that the 2015-16 floods in the area released more than 40 billion pieces of microplastic into the sea. The surge of such a vast amount of microplastic from one small river catchment in a single event led the […]

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Scientists finding traces of plastic in the stomachs of creatures living deep inside the ocean is another grim reminder of the fact that we have literally drowned our planet in plastic. Marine scientists from the National University of Ireland (NUI) in Galway found the  plastic bits in 73% of 233 deep-sea fish collected from the […]

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