‘It is raining plastic’: Scientists find colorful microplastic in rain
- The rainfall survey, titled "It is raining plastic," was put together by scientists at the US Department of the Interior and US Geological Survey.
- They found plastic showed up in 90% of the samples, mostly in fiber form, and came in a variety of colors. Blue was most prevalent, followed by red, silver, purple, green, yellow and other colors, the study says.
- Scientists have found microplastic particles in rain before. They saw it in the rain falling in the Pyrenees in southern France. It has wound up in remote and otherwise pristine islands. Trillions of pieces of plastic litter float through the ocean, killing fish and other animals.
It’s raining plastic — that’s what a survey of rainfall in Denver and Boulder, Colorado, concluded recently.
They couldn’t see the plastic with their naked eyes, but found it using a binocular microscope fitted with a digital camera.
It’s unclear where the plastic is coming from, but plastic contamination has been a growing problem throughout the world.
An earlier study found that people are swallowing an average of 5 grams of plastic every week, about the weight of a credit card.
It’s unclear what the health effects of living with all this plastic will be, scientists say, although several studies are underway.
While some companies have made it a goal to scale back their use of plastic, President Donald Trump Tuesday made an appearance at a Pennsylvania plastic manufacturing plant to promote plastic. When asked by a reporter about how he felt about the world being “awash in plastic,” the president blamed China for the problem.
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