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Save the Planet: we only have one

Save the Planet: we only have one

KÆLTIA’s Team in its aim to contribute with the global awareness of the Climate Change, summarise below some critical news:

  • The great diversity of scientific techniques and methods used in the study of marine microplastics pollution limits the current knowledge of this serious environmental problem threatening our ecosystems. This is the main conclusion of a study carried out by the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) that reviews the research carried out to measure the presence of microplastics in the coastal areas and seawater of the Mediterranean Sea, both in the sea surface water, seawater column and in marine sediments. The conclusions show that the levels of microplastics in the Mediterranean are probably higher than estimated, but the methods used are not capable of recording them.
  • Green spaces in cities have a number of positive effects: they’re good for our physical and mental health, they’re good for the environment, and they can even help fight off the effects of climate change.
  • One-third of all Pennsylvania waterways are now considered polluted enough to harm wildlife, recreation or drinking water, according to a report released this week by the state’s Department of Environmental Protection.
  • Decades-old polar ice contains significant amounts of nanoscale plastic particles. Studying ice cores from Greenland and Antarctica, an international team of scientists have identified several types of nanoplastic particles, including particles that originate from tires. As nanoplastics may cause toxic effects, the researchers address that remote and pristine areas may contain more nanoparticle pollution than expected.
  • A team of researchers from the Norwegian Polar Institute, Uppsala University, Princeton University and California Institute of Technology reports that the rate of glacial melt in a Norwegian archipelago, Svalbard, is speeding up as global warming continues unabated.

Via Earth News

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