swallowing closer to 2,000 microplastic
particles per day.
According to the charity, as many as 51 trillion microplastic
particles are polluting the world's seas.
contamination has been found in tap water in countries around the world, leading to calls from scientists for urgent research on the implications for health.
Yet the vast majority of debris found floating far offshore is much smaller: it's broken-down fragments smaller than your pinky fingernail, termed microplastic
in four sandy beaches from Peruvian coast
Every time fleece garments are washed, microplastic
pollution drains along with wash water.
Fourier-transform infrared microspectroscopy was used to analyze the presence and shape of 10 common types of microplastic
in stool samples following chemical digestion.
The size isA important to note because the review explainedA that over 150 micrometers sized microplastic
particles are not as common as the smaller particles.
WHO also called for a reduction in plastic pollution to benefit the environment and reduce human exposure including developing standard methods for measuring microplastic
particles in water."We urgently need to know more about the health impact of microplastics
because they are everywhere including in our drinking water.
In a newly-published report, WHO scientists say the limitations of current data mean it is difficult to gauge the potential impact on human health if concentrations of microplastic
in drinking water continue to rise.
Absorption and distribution of very small microplastic
particles including in the nano size range may, however, be higher, although the data is extremely limited.
Summary: The average Lebanon resident may be eating more than 30,000 small pieces of plastic per year from seafood alone, according to the results of the first study on microplastic
particles in the country.