Microplastics Under Investigation: New Research Discusses All the Risks and Discoveries

in drinking water

Many types of environmental troublemakers, such as chemicals, has become the most significant concern for scientists. The battle is tough and sometimes hard to follow.

A lot of procedures for diminishing environmental and health risks from particles are still in development. However, scientists made some priorities, and micro/nano plastic particles have recently got all the attention. 

Here is what you need to know.

The Microplastic Challenge

A team of scientists has begun what it seems to be the most daring mission: the potential risk of micro/nano plastic particles for adverse human health and environmental effects. The main goal is to highlight the actual state of knowledge related to the chemical and physical transformation, social implications, hazard characterization, policy limitations, and of course, environmental effects.

According to the team, the standardization of methods to examine microplastics is extremely requested to compare data from various research accurately. 

What the Scientists Found So Far

In New York, for instance, scientists found microplastics in the municipal tap water. The team examined water samples from the 30-mile route of the Hemlock Lake to Georgen Hall. 

James McGrath from the University of Rochester released a statement about the discovery. He said:

“Silicon nanomembranes for the evaluation of microplastic entrainment along a municipal water delivery route.”

Scientists utilized procedures and devices that are easier than previous methods for the assessment and capture of microplastics. The nanomembrane filtration devices allow quick discovery of any debris.

What to Expect

Even of the Hemlock Lake facilitating generating almost debris-free water, entrainment has grown the mass of debris along the way. So, the water delivered to the Hall was polluted enough with increased amounts of tiny debris, such as plastics. 

Broad surveillance is highly needed to fight with the concerning high level of pollution from plastics. The mission might seem challenging, but more methods and other developments are ready to be tested. They can truly make a difference.

Georgia Nica
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