Degrading our planet, one nanoparticle at a time
This year, India and the United Nations (UN) are jointly hosting the global World Environment Day celebrations, with ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ as the central theme. There is no reason to celebrate, really. Recently there was alarming news of how we are ingesting plastic nanoparticles in the food that makes it to our tables. It’s time to fix the problem but where do we even begin?
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Substantial amounts of marine debris from the patch washes ashore on the beaches of the 2.4 sq km long Midway Atoll. Of the 1.5 million Laysan albatrosses that inhabit Midway, nearly all are found to have plastic in their digestive system.The birds eat brightly colored plastic, mistaking them for marine animals (such as squid and fish). Approximately one-third of their chicks die, being fed plastic by their parents.