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Nature_and_Environment.114

It's later than you think

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{Nature_and_Environment.114.14}: Jay Hoffman {resist} Sun, 29 Dec 2019 22:31:02 CST (26 lines)

Globally, we are ingesting an average of 5 grams of plastic every
week, the equivalent of a credit card, a new study suggests.

This plastic contamination comes from "microplastics" -- particles
smaller than five millimeters -- which are making their way into our
food, drinking water and even the air.

Around the world, people ingest an average of around 2,000
microplastic particles a week, according to the study by the
University of Newcastle, in Australia.

2018 study that found twice as much plastic in water in the United
States and India than in European or Indonesian tap water.

A separate study this month found that Americans eat, drink and
breathe between 74,000 and 121,000 microplastic particles each year,
and those who exclusively drink bottled water rather than tap water
can add up to 90,000 plastic particles to their yearly total.

Shellfish is the second biggest source of plastic ingestion, with the
average person consuming as many as 182 microparticles -- 0.5 grams --
from this per week. The report says this is because "shellfish are
eaten whole, including their digestive system, after a life in plastic
polluted seas."
"https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/11/health/microplastics-ingestion-wwf-
study-scn-intl/index.html"

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