The Ganga’s message

Source: The Hindu Relevance: India must take its laws on waste seriously to stop microplastics pollution. Synopsis: Microplastic pollution around the world demands the proper implementation of existing laws and global collaboration. Introduction: The Ganga might have stood witness to many stages of India’s civilisation. But in recent decades it has become a conduit for sewage,… Continue reading The Ganga’s message

Microplastics in snow raise pollution worries

Scientists have detected microplastic particles in the Arctic and the Alps. The microplastics had been carried by the wind and later washed out in the snow. The study has been published in the journal Science Advances. The high microplastic concentrations in snow has indicated significant contamination of the atmosphere. This has raised concerns about potential… Continue reading Microplastics in snow raise pollution worries

How much plastic is in your diet?

According to The New Plastics Economy report, people worldwide could be ingesting 5 g of microscopic plastic particles every week, equivalent in weight to a credit card. It is the first study to estimate the weight of plastics consumed by individual humans. According to the study, an individual consumes about 250 g annually. The study… Continue reading How much plastic is in your diet?

We eat 52,000 plastic particles every year

According to a new study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, humans may be consuming anywhere from 39,000 to 52,000 micro plastic particles a year. The researchers had analysed various data sets on micro plastic contamination and compared them to typical diet and consumption habits of Americans. The scientists have reported that drinking… Continue reading We eat 52,000 plastic particles every year

Even remote peaks are not free of micro plastics: study

Scientists have discovered micro plastics in a remote area of the Pyrenees mountains, which runs between France and Spain. According to the study published in Nature Geoscience, micro plastics travelled through the atmosphere and were blown into the region by the wind. Micro plastics are plastics which are less than five mm in diameter in… Continue reading Even remote peaks are not free of micro plastics: study

Synthetic fibres contribute to plastic pollution

According to a recent study, synthetic fibres like nylon and polyesters are major contributors of micro plastic pollution in the environment. Synthetic fibres are petroleum-based products. They are not recyclable and biodegradable like natural fibres such as wool, cotton and silk Microplastics are plastics which are less than five mm in diameter in size. Sources… Continue reading Synthetic fibres contribute to plastic pollution