Jun 12, 2019 1:18 pm
Apparently there is a good chance we are already doing that according to a study commissioned by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and carried out by the microplastics research team at the University of Newcastle.
The researchers say that water, both bottled and tap, is the largest source of plastic ingestion. Of consumables the highest recorded plastic levels were found in shellfish, beer and salt (?).
News report link here:
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-12/ ... s/11199498
The next phase of research is around the human health impacts of ingesting plastic.
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Jun 12, 2019 1:38 pm
Sadly this isn’t surprising, with the amount of plastic floating around in the oceans. Even if we don’t ingest the plastic itself, the toxins work their way up the food chain in the animals we eat.
Everyone needs to watch A Plastic Ocean (Netflix).
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Jun 14, 2019 10:16 am
The links in the thread below are sobering reading and viewing.
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Jun 18, 2019 1:41 pm
It could be the research carried out by the Newcastle team is a bit flawed. If you are interested watch Media Watch
https://iview.abc.net.au/show/media-wat ... 835H019S00
Stories starts at about 11.40
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Jun 19, 2019 7:48 pm
It could be the research carried out by the Newcastle team is a bit flawed.
The 'research' is really a summary of numerous world wide studies, not a study specific to Australia. This was stated. Australia is not isolated from plastic contamination but many other countries have far greater pollution problems than our own. The issue that still exists is whether there is a safe limit when it comes to human ingestion of toxic micro plastics that readily absorb other toxins but research results will take a long time to collate.
A manned vessel recently reached the bottom of the Mariana Trench, east of the Philippines. The Mariana Trench is the deepest part of any ocean. One of the things spotted at the bottom of the ocean was a plastic bag and other plastic waste!
Despite the imense pressure 11 km down, they also found life and some of the sea creatures collected will be examined to see whether they have ingested micro plastics.
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Feb 29, 2020 8:40 pm
Around 50% of the plastic we use is single use. If we can reduce its consumption to near zero, half of the problems related to plastic will be solved.
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Mar 26, 2020 4:54 pm
It is rather impossible to reduce plastic consumption to zero. By the way, it's terrible how people behave and how much bad consequences it will bring for future generations.
Consumption of single-use plastic can be cut substantially.
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May 01, 2020 9:21 pm
UK scientists have found the highest concentration of microplastics ever recorded on the sea floor.
Up to 1.9 MILLION pieces of microplastics per square metre were found in sediments on the Mediterranean sea floor off Italy.
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/science-environment-52496705/what-happens-to-microplastics-in-the-ocean https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/30/toxic-m ... evels.html
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