Gonzaga study reveals high levels of microplastics in Spokane River, suggests particles in drinking water as well

The tenuous plastic fibers, visible only through the magnified view of a microscope, sent Jacob Peterson reeling into eddies of anxiety.

The sudden upwelling of fear wasn’t completely new. The biology student suffered from anxiety in other areas of his life. But this was the first time his own research triggered the feeling.

“Realizing how much microplastic was in tap water and our drinking water really freaked me out,” he … [more…]

Most Bottled Water Contaminated With Microplastics

Most Bottled Water Contaminated With Microplastics

Plastic has become an incredibly harmful convenience, now threatening environmental and human health alike, and in more ways than one. With Earth Day being tomorrow [April 2018], there is no better time to analyze the impact bottled water has had on our planet. There’s the issue of bulk plastics in our landfills, where it will remain indefinitely since most plastic does not biodegrade, and microplastics — microscopic pieces of degraded … [more…]

Water Quality and Emerging Pollutants: addressing new global challenges

Water Quality and Emerging Pollutants: addressing new global challenges

Published 03.12.2018 – UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Emerging pollutants are commonly defined as synthetic or naturally-occurring chemicals or microorganisms that are not commonly monitored or regulated in the environment, yet which have potentially adverse effects on ecological and human health. The sources of emerging pollutants are many, ranging from pharmaceuticals and personal care products, to agricultural pesticides, micro-plastics and household and industrial chemicals.

On 27 November 2018, a three-day Asia … [more…]

Proof humans ARE eating plastic

photo: tool for taking fecal samples. Proof humans ARE eating plastic: Experts find nine different types of microplastic in every sample taken from human guts with water and drinks bottles blamed as the source

Experts find nine types of microplastic in every sample from human guts

  • Sources could include the eating of fish or drinking from plastic bottles
  • The smallest microplastic particles are capable of entering the bloodstream
  • Research was a pilot study involving eight participants. Each one kept a food diary for a week

Human bodies are becoming polluted with plastic, scientists have confirmed for the first time.

Tiny pieces were found in … [more…]

Microplastics are getting into mosquitoes, contaminating new food chains

photo: fresh water can breed mosquitoes. Microplastics are getting into mosquitoes and contaminating new food chains

Photo: Mosquitoes leave the water and take microplastics with them. Shaun Wilkinson/Shutterstock

There is no doubt that plastic pollution in oceans is a growing worldwide problem. The internet is full of images of seabirds and other marine animals entangled in plastic waste, and animals starve because their guts are blocked with plastic bags.

But the problem goes much deeper than this. Much plastic pollution is in the form of microplastics, … [more…]