“Now that we have first evidence for microplastics inside humans, we need further research to understand what this means for human health.” says Dr Schwabl.
This river in the Philippines is covered in plastic waste.
Plastic is everywhere
Humans generate more than 300 million tons of plastic annually — an amount equal to the combined body weight of the entire global adult human population — and nearly half of the plastic is only used one time before it is tossed away to eventually find its way to the oceans. By 2050, it is a virtual certainty that every seabird on the planet will have plastic in its stomach. The photo above of the river in the Philippines, choked with plastics and other rubbish, is a typical example of the pollution in many developing countries.
Trash Tube photo
The photo taken by Zak Noyle of surfer Dede Suryana riding a rubbish-filled wave in Indonesia has been a viral sensation since he took the shot in 2012. It appeared on the zaknoyle Instagram page and has appeared on Facebook and in publications including the National Geographic.
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