#Pyrénées : Il pleut (et il neige) du #plastique dans les montagnes de l’Ariège révèlent des scientifiques
Pour prélever leurs échantillons, durant cinq mois d’hiver, les scientifiques ont pris pourtant soin de sélectionner un coin supposé être à l’abri des activités humaines et industrielles. Il est situé à plus de 5 km de tout village et à 120 km de Toulouse, qui plus est en pleine zone Natura 2.000.
Alarm as study shows how microplastics are blown across the world ￼ | Environment | The Guardian
Many scientists are concerned about the potential health impacts of microplastics, which easily absorb toxic chemicals and can host harmful bacteria, with some even suggesting people are breathing the particles. The new research shows microplastics can remain airborne.
“When you get down to respiratory size particles, we don’t know what those do,” said Deonie Allen. “That is a really big unknown, and we don’t want it to end up something like asbestos.” Plastic fibres have been found in human lung tissue, with those researchers suggesting they are “candidate agents contributing to the risk of lung cancer”.
Tasmania is burning. The climate disaster future has arrived while those in power laugh at us | Richard Flanagan
Five years ago I was contacted by a stranger, Prof Peter Davies, an eminent water scientist. He wanted to meet because he had news he thought would interest me. The night we met Davies told me that the south-west of Tasmania – the island’s vast, uninhabited and globally unique wildland, the heart of its world heritage area – was dying. The iconic habitats of rainforest, button grass plains, and heathlands had begun to vanish because of climate change. I was shocked. I had understood that climate change’s effects on Tasmania would be significant but not disastrous; the changes mitigated by Tasmania being surrounded by seas that were not heating as quickly as others: the island’s west would get wetter, the east a little warmer and drier, but compared to much of the world it didn’t seem (...)