Scientists Discover Plastic In Colorado’s Rain, Snow
Rainwater samples across Colorado have found plastic shards, beads, and fibers in over 90% of those samples.
The scientists were studying nitrogen pollution and, under microscopes found the bits of plastic in many areas of the state, including Rocky Mountain National Park.
It is believed that trash and microfibers from clothes are responsible for a great part of the plastics found, but scientists also state it's now a part of our environment. Plastics such as these are being found in even the remotest parts of the earth.
A similar study in April found quite a bit of plastic waste in a remote part of the French Pyrenes mountains as well. Atmospheric conditions seem to be what transports these microfibers to such remote locations.
With these microfibers being found in the mountainous areas of the U.S., it's a foregone conclusion that these fibers are also showing up in rivers, streams, and lakes and can pose a significant risk to marine life.
Chances are it's also showing up in our food and drinking water as well.
What can we do? One thing that will at least reduce these is changing how we handle our trash. Much of this comes from open dumping of trash in the environment.
Changes are needed if we want to avoid ingesting even more plastic than we already are.