More than 1000 tons of plastic rains into Western US protected lands annually

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care.
“The unprecedented plastic waste tide plaguing our oceans and shores, can become as limited as our chosen relationship with plastics, which involves a dramatic behavioral change on our part…” Plastic Pollution – Coastal Care


Watershed researchers estimate more than 1000 tons of microplastics (equal to more than 123 million plastic water bottles) are deposited in national parks and wilderness areas each year.

Researchers used high-resolution atmospheric deposition data and identified samples of microplastics and other particulates collected over 14 months in 11 western U.S. national parks and wilderness areas. They identified plastic and polymers’ composition to identify sources of plastic emitted into the atmosphere and tracked its movement.

Read Full Article, Science Daily (06-11-2020)

It’s raining plastic: microscopic fibers fall from the sky in Rocky Mountains; Guardian UK (08-13-2019)

Micro plastics are raining down from the sky; National Geographic (03-15-2019)
In what looks like a pristine, remote mountain region, tiny pieces of plastic pollution were found raining down from the sky—raising questions about the global extent of plastic pollution—a first-of-its-kind study has found…

Plastic rain is the new acid rain; Wired (06-11-2020)

Microplastics are everywhere, study finds; PhysOrg (05-13-2020)

Plastic pollution: When The Mermaids Cry: The Great Plastic Tide, Coastal Care
Plastic is versatile, lightweight, flexible, moisture resistant, strong, and relatively inexpensive. Those are the attractive qualities that lead us, around the world, to such a voracious appetite and over-consumption of plastic goods. However, durable and very slow to degrade, plastic materials that are used in the production of so many products all, ultimately, become waste with staying power. Our tremendous attraction to plastic, coupled with an undeniable behavioral propensity of increasingly over-consuming, discarding, littering and thus polluting, has become a combination of lethal nature…

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