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May 31 2013

Micro-Plastic Pollution Is Prevalent In Lakes Too, Not Just The Oceans

Micro-plastic pollution is now prevalent throughout much of the the world’s oceans, as a result of discarded partially- broken-down garbage. These microscopic bits of plastic are present in large enough quantities to cause significant problems for many ocean animals, as well as potentially having more significant effects on the ecosystem, or even human health. The full extent of the damage that this pollution causes is as of now unknown though, as there hasn’t been much research done on the subject. And now, new research from EPFL has found that it isn’t just the oceans that are filled with this micro-plastic pollution, lakes and other waterways are accumulating it as well.

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