So this is one thing we need to stop. We pollute this world and then we wonder why diseases run rampant.
More than 8. 3 billion tons of plastics made: Most has now been discarded. Humans have created 8.3 billion metric tons of plastics since large-scale production of the synthetic materials began in the early 1950s, and most of it now resides in landfills or the natural environment, according to a study. Source 6c.
Only 9% was recycled… if that isn't an indictment of our wasteful ways I don't know what is. So, this is all going into our oceans and into landfills to last virtually forever. Perfect. We are going to be buried under our trash.
Brain damage in fish from plastic nanoparticles in water. A new study shows that plastic particles in water may end up inside fish brains. The plastic can cause brain damage, which is the likely cause of behavioral disorders observed in the fish. Source 1d.
Great Pacific Garbage Patch: Sixteen times more plastic than previously estimated. 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic weighing 80,000 metric tons are currently afloat in an area known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch -- and it is rapidly getting worse. Source 7f.
High levels of hazardous chemicals found in plastics collected from Lake Geneva. The first analysis of plastic litter from Lake Geneva finds toxic chemicals like cadmium, mercury and lead - - whose levels sometimes exceed the maximum permitted under EU law. The presence of chemicals that are now restricted or banned in plastic production reflects how old the plastic litter could be -- and indicates that like oceans, freshwater habitats are also affected by plastic pollution. Source 5n.