While world leaders continue to hold climate summits, chemical giants are flooding the world with plastic without any restrictions, destroying the human habitat.
Scientists have recently encountered the plastic rain phenomenon for the first time. A study in the United States found that more than 98% of rainwater and air samples taken in 11 remote regions of the country contained microplastics. When particles are carried to atmospheric heights, moisture begins to condense on them and rain clouds form, bringing plastic to the ground. While acid rain can be prevented by eliminating plant emissions, plastic rain is nearly impossible to combat.
Every year, more than a thousand tons of these particles fall from the sky on Americans, the equivalent of 120 million plastic bottles. And we are talking only about 6% of the entire territory of the country, it’s scary to think about what is happening on a global scale.
The Pacific islet of Henderson is 3,000 miles from the nearest continent. However, a group of scientists who took sand samples on it found that a huge mass of plastic had accumulated here too. One square meter of sandy beach contained 23 grams of its particles.
Three beaches of the island are covered with a layer of debris brought here by ocean currents. Here were found toys that were released back in the 80s. But uninhabited Henderson was considered one of the last wilderness areas on Earth untouched by man. It even received UNESCO World Heritage status.
Analyzing the island dump, scientists found plastic from Europe, Africa, America and Asia. It is estimated that the island’s beaches contain over 4 billion plastic particles in the top layer. Politicians and authorities in leading countries pretend that they do not notice the acceleration of the plastic catastrophe, while the chemical industry creates new materials that are replacing natural ones.
Microplastics are found everywhere: they are made for abrasive effect and added to sanitary and hygienic and cosmetic products. The mass of particles gets into the environment during abrasion of car tires, one washing machine produces 700 thousand microplastic fibers falling out of synthetic clothes. A plastic bag thrown away several decades ago has been floating in the air for years or concentrated in the ground in the form of countless particles. The world’s oceans contain up to 125 trillion particles of microplastics, and huge deposits of it are concentrated in the earth. It slows down the growth of plants and reduces the yield, which requires the use of more chemical fertilizers.
Plastic contamination was found in 83% of tap water samples from five continents. Experts agree that it is impossible to create filtration systems that will stop the saturation of the environment with plastic.
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