Ecologists have found microplastics in the sea air

Microplastic clogs not only water but also the atmosphere and enters the human body. Researchers from the United Kingdom, France and South Africa have found that microplastics clog not only the ocean but also the atmosphere. The waves hit the plastic abrasion to the shore, its smallest particles get into the air, and from there – in our lungs, according to a study by PLOS ONE, writes Scientists have known before that we enjoy inhaling bacteria, viruses and salt spray while enjoying the sea breeze. Now researchers have found that sea air contains another component: crushed plastic particles. This was shown by experiments in the laboratory: under a lamp of ultraviolet light, scientists observed how the bubbles spray fluorescent substances into the air. Environmentalists took samples off the coast of the Bay of Biscay in France and found an average of 19 pieces of plastic per cubic meter of sea air. According to their estimates, about 136 thousand tons of microplastics are dumped ashore in the world. Microplastics are particles less than 5 mm long, plastic debris that enters the ocean through rivers and sewers, and from there into the human and animal body. As UNIAN reported earlier, an international group of scientists recorded the highest concentration of microplastics on the seabed. In the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Italy, there were 1.9 million pieces of plastic per square meter of seabed. These deposits include mainly fibers from clothing and other synthetic fabrics. In addition, parts of larger plastic objects were also found, which eventually collapsed.

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