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Plastic particles falling out of sky with snow in Arctic

Plastic particles falling out of sky with snow in Arctic

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  1. >The scientists said they were shocked by the sheer number of particles they found: more than 10,000 of them per litre in the Arctic.
    >It means that even there, people are likely to be breathing in microplastics from the air – though the health implications remain unclear.

    I suppose that’s great. The Shareholders are also breathing in microplastics then!


  2. In related news: [USGS finds microplastics in 90 percent of Colorado rainwater samples](https://www.fox5dc.com/news/it-is-raining-plastic-usgs-finds-microplastics-in-90-percent-of-colorado-rainwater-samples)

    I wonder how widespread this is. Globally perhaps?

    edit: fixed link

  3. Plastic: It’s what plants crave!

  4. So… George Carlin and his Earth+Plastic was not comedy after all.

  5. If time travel becomes a reality in distant future, travelling back in time to stop plastic will be the first priority

  6. At least it’s still snowing in the arctic.

  7. The Earth is a self contained biosphere, nothing leaves, nothing comes in, like a fish bowl, though it’s more like a toilet at the moment. And before the negs and critiques launch, it’s a simple analogy for simple folks.

  8. We are fucking things that cannot easily be unfucked.

  9. I’ve seen, in a documentary, sulfur particles in the arctic (black specks spread out over ice). The sun heats them up. I imagine plastic will have similar effects. The mega sized waterpark of melted ice left an impression.

    Time travel is not possible, if it technically is it’s not how we imagine it to work

    The issue isn’t our lungs but the irreversible damage done to the one place in the general area we can even exist

    I like to think George Carlin would roast trump out of any position of power

  10. Does anyone have a good, neutral summary of the state of the research on the health/ecological consequences of microplastics? We ingest a lot of micromatter from various sources all the time of course, and I’d be interesting to know where plastics rank on that spectrum.

  11. As Elon said, this past century has been one bad experiment – fossil fuels and the like.

  12. The majority appeared to be composed of natural materials like plant cellulose and animal fur. But there were also particles of plastic, along with fragments of rubber tyres, varnish, paint and possibly synthetic fibres.

    What percentage was plastic?

  13. So, are these microplastics actual material from some plastic production somewhere or are they the decay products of something else, or are they like, plastic-soot from garbage-to-energy incinerators or hickfires? Windblown from cities and suburbs off of the dryer vents of millions of people?

    Are they intentional, perhaps this is what those NK rockets are doing cruising to high altitudes?

  14. So the plastic is somehow evaporating up into the air? I can’t imagine these “microplastics” are solid.

  15. Well…the nazis found a way to ‘gas’ the world in a new and more effective and subtle way…so I guess they’ll be taking us down with them afterall.

  16. You’ve been eating plastic for YEARS! Big whoopty doo! Reading about it isn’t going to do anything chickenlittle.

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