published on 15 June 2020 in earth
Microplastics found in 11 protected areas in the United States
Even the wildest and most remote areas of our planet are now increasingly threatened by plastic and increasingly less uncontaminated. A recent study entitled Plastic rain in protected areas of the United States, published in the journal Science, found large quantities of microplastics in eleven protected areas in the United States. According to the authors of the research, a group of researchers at the University of Utah, microplastics are transported to natural areas by wind, rain and watercourses. The researchers examined eleven locations in the western United States, including the Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree National Park, Great Basin National Park, and the Craters of the Moon Monument and National Reserve, estimating that, in just one year, over a thousand tons of small fragments of plastic, equivalent to about 123 million plastic water bottles, would end up in American parks.
This study, like many others that confirm the widespread use of microplastics, reminds us, once again, of the urgent need to reduce plastic pollution.