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Old April 27th, 2018, 06:57 PM   #1
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Record Amount of Microplastic Found in Arctic Sea Ice

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An estimated 90 percent of seagulls mistake plastic for food and have bits of plastic in their guts. Researchers say if the trend continues, 99 percent of seabirds will be affected by 2050, the date scientists predict there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish..
More plastic than fish, well, every time I take our plastics to the recycling center I'm floored at how much plastic we use.
Record Amount of Microplastic
Found in Arctic Sea Ice


A record concentration of microplastics has been discovered trapped in the Arctic's sea ice.

Researchers with the Alfred Wegener Institute at Germany's Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research say they found up to 12,000 pieces of microplastic particles per liter of sea ice in core samples taken from five locations. The concentrations are three times higher than levels in previous studies, according to a press release.

The study published in Nature Communications this week notes that the microplastic particles from packaging, paints, nylon, polyester and cellulose acetate are incredibly small, with some measuring just 11 micrometers across.

“That’s roughly one-sixth the diameter of a human hair, and also explains why we found concentrations of more than 12,000 particles per litre of sea ice – which is two to three times higher than what we’d found in past measurements," said researcher Gunnar Gerdts, who added that 67 percent of the particles detected in the ice belonged to the smallest-scale category of “50 micrometers and smaller."

AWI biologist and lead author Dr. Ilka Peeken said the particles collected from core samples collected during three expeditions are small enough to be ingested by Arctic microorganisms, including ciliates and copepods.

“No one can say for certain how harmful these tiny plastic particles are for marine life, or ultimately also for human beings," Peeken said....

While health risks associated with microplastics has yet to be determined, larger pieces of plastic dumped found in and near our oceans poses a threat to bird and marine life.

An estimated 90 percent of seagulls mistake plastic for food and have bits of plastic in their guts. Researchers say if the trend continues, 99 percent of seabirds will be affected by 2050, the date scientists predict there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish.
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More plastic than fish, well, every time I take our plastics to the recycling center I'm floored at how much plastic we use.
Record Amount of Microplastic
Found in Arctic Sea Ice


A record concentration of microplastics has been discovered trapped in the Arctic's sea ice.

Researchers with the Alfred Wegener Institute at Germany's Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research say they found up to 12,000 pieces of microplastic particles per liter of sea ice in core samples taken from five locations. The concentrations are three times higher than levels in previous studies, according to a press release.

The study published in Nature Communications this week notes that the microplastic particles from packaging, paints, nylon, polyester and cellulose acetate are incredibly small, with some measuring just 11 micrometers across.

“That’s roughly one-sixth the diameter of a human hair, and also explains why we found concentrations of more than 12,000 particles per litre of sea ice – which is two to three times higher than what we’d found in past measurements," said researcher Gunnar Gerdts, who added that 67 percent of the particles detected in the ice belonged to the smallest-scale category of “50 micrometers and smaller."

AWI biologist and lead author Dr. Ilka Peeken said the particles collected from core samples collected during three expeditions are small enough to be ingested by Arctic microorganisms, including ciliates and copepods.

“No one can say for certain how harmful these tiny plastic particles are for marine life, or ultimately also for human beings," Peeken said....

While health risks associated with microplastics has yet to be determined, larger pieces of plastic dumped found in and near our oceans poses a threat to bird and marine life.

An estimated 90 percent of seagulls mistake plastic for food and have bits of plastic in their guts. Researchers say if the trend continues, 99 percent of seabirds will be affected by 2050, the date scientists predict there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish.
https://weather.com/science/environm...ord-discovered
Plastic breaks down over time and not sure what the term micro-plastic means. By micro if the study means micron which is one millionth of a meter then even that will pass through a sea gulls gut. Sea Gulls are the rats of the sea and need to be gone. Sea Terns are the song birds of the sea but did the study say anything about Terns.

edit: I have no doubt that Sea Bats will survive. A sea bat is a fictional animal but is caught under a bucket. I caught a sea bat under a bucket and you can look at it if you dare.

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Plastic breaks down over time and not sure what the term micro-plastic means. By micro if the study means micron which is one millionth of a meter then even that will pass through a sea gulls gut. Sea Gulls are the rats of the sea and need to be gone. Sea Terns are the song birds of the sea but did the study say anything about Terns.

edit: I have no doubt that Sea Bats will survive. A sea bat is a fictional animal but is caught under a bucket. I caught a sea bat under a bucket and you can look at it if you dare.
Micro plastic is the product of plastics breaking down twisted
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Yeah, it's disgusting what so-called civilization has done to our environment.

Instead of investing so much wasted money on foreign aid and proxy wars we should pour that money into making crews to clean up this insane amount of plastic garbage that's collecting in our oceans.

For the Microplastics they've found in sea ice and waterways? I don't know if we can clean that up, probably just have to let nature take it's course until it breaks it all down.
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More plastic than fish, well, every time I take our plastics to the recycling center I'm floored at how much plastic we use.
Record Amount of Microplastic
Found in Arctic Sea Ice


A record concentration of microplastics has been discovered trapped in the Arctic's sea ice.

Researchers with the Alfred Wegener Institute at Germany's Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research say they found up to 12,000 pieces of microplastic particles per liter of sea ice in core samples taken from five locations. The concentrations are three times higher than levels in previous studies, according to a press release.

The study published in Nature Communications this week notes that the microplastic particles from packaging, paints, nylon, polyester and cellulose acetate are incredibly small, with some measuring just 11 micrometers across.

“That’s roughly one-sixth the diameter of a human hair, and also explains why we found concentrations of more than 12,000 particles per litre of sea ice – which is two to three times higher than what we’d found in past measurements," said researcher Gunnar Gerdts, who added that 67 percent of the particles detected in the ice belonged to the smallest-scale category of “50 micrometers and smaller."

AWI biologist and lead author Dr. Ilka Peeken said the particles collected from core samples collected during three expeditions are small enough to be ingested by Arctic microorganisms, including ciliates and copepods.

“No one can say for certain how harmful these tiny plastic particles are for marine life, or ultimately also for human beings," Peeken said....

While health risks associated with microplastics has yet to be determined, larger pieces of plastic dumped found in and near our oceans poses a threat to bird and marine life.

An estimated 90 percent of seagulls mistake plastic for food and have bits of plastic in their guts. Researchers say if the trend continues, 99 percent of seabirds will be affected by 2050, the date scientists predict there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish.
https://weather.com/science/environm...ord-discovered
Several decades ago, marine biologists were shocked and dismayed to find readings of DDT and other manmade chemical toxins in Arctic sea ice and glaciers. It had been thought that since the Arctic Ocean was still then, covered in ice, and did not exchange the same volumes of water in ocean currents as the oceans at mid-latitudes, that the Arctic would remain a pristine environment...but that didn't happen!

So, now we find that the Arctic is also being slowly poisoned by plastics to go along with the increasing GHG levels.

When a scientist says: “No one can say for certain how harmful these tiny plastic particles are for marine life, or ultimately also for human beings," , he's betraying the basic fundamental flaw of modern civilization that we've all come to accept as normal: that new products and technologies are benign unless proven otherwise.

So, what kills us first? Rising temperatures or the mass accumulation of long-lasting manmade organic products that natural ecosystems have never had to deal with before?
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Several decades ago, marine biologists were shocked and dismayed to find readings of DDT and other manmade chemical toxins in Arctic sea ice and glaciers. It had been thought that since the Arctic Ocean was still then, covered in ice, and did not exchange the same volumes of water in ocean currents as the oceans at mid-latitudes, that the Arctic would remain a pristine environment...but that didn't happen!

So, now we find that the Arctic is also being slowly poisoned by plastics to go along with the increasing GHG levels.

When a scientist says: “No one can say for certain how harmful these tiny plastic particles are for marine life, or ultimately also for human beings," , he's betraying the basic fundamental flaw of modern civilization that we've all come to accept as normal: that new products and technologies are benign unless proven otherwise.

So, what kills us first? Rising temperatures or the mass accumulation of long-lasting manmade organic products that natural ecosystems have never had to deal with before?
On that last point, don't worry. The earth will evolve some microorganisms who just love to eat plastic.
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It’s to bad we’ve wasted so much time and money on the global warming scam. This is the type of problem we should be working on.
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On that last point, don't worry. The earth will evolve some microorganisms who just love to eat plastic.
Yer a day late and a dollar short there, Nostradamus:

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A team of Japanese scientists has found a species of bacteria that eats the type of plastic found in most disposable water bottles.

The discovery, published Thursday in the journal Science, could lead to new methods to manage the more than 50 million tons of this particular type of plastic produced globally each year.

The plastic found in water bottles is known as polyethylene terephthalate, or PET. It is also found in polyester clothing, frozen-dinner trays and blister packaging.
Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2016-03-newly-...ttles.html#jCp
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On that last point, don't worry. The earth will evolve some microorganisms who just love to eat plastic.
Yes, but they will inherit the Earth anyway! Earth was a microbial world until less than a billion years ago, and the full impacts of the changes human civilization have made will turn it back to a microbial world in the less than 500 million year time limit predicted by earth scientists who study the changes in solar activity and the carbon cycle. The remaining billion or so years of life on earth will be microbes, but if we had the chance to allow or let complex life flourish in this little corner of the galaxy, why aren't we doing it?
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Yeah, it's disgusting what so-called civilization has done to our environment.

Instead of investing so much wasted money on foreign aid and proxy wars we should pour that money into making crews to clean up this insane amount of plastic garbage that's collecting in our oceans.

For the Microplastics they've found in sea ice and waterways? I don't know if we can clean that up, probably just have to let nature take it's course until it breaks it all down.
You are correct. Plastic has been a major misinformation campaign by the government. People believe that plastic never breaks down and it lasts for thousands of years. Information brought to you by the government. Oil spills never go away. False information as well. The largest oil spills are actually caused by oil spilling out of fissures in the ocean floor. Oil is naturally eaten by bacteria. What it comes down to is NIMBY. Environmental concerns are best handled on a local scale. Once it goes global it turns into a war on humanity.
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A 2003 National Academies study estimated that about 980,000 barrels of oil, or about 41 million gallons, seep into the Gulf – every year. Recall that the Exxon Valdez is estimated to have spilled about 250,000 barrels.
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