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Mosquitoes Are Passing Microplastics Up the Food Chain
« on: October 31, 2018, 10:36:35 AM »

We don’t exactly need another reason to detest mosquitoes. But on Wednesday, scientists at the University of Reading reportedthat, in addition to a dizzying array of deadly diseases ranging from malaria to Zika fever, these infamous insects can now ferry yet another growing public health concern: environment-contaminating microplastics.

Plastics have infiltrated just about every last corner of the planet—and while this initially spelled good fortune for cheap, disposable packaging, these human-made synthetics, like many others, have imperiled wildlife.

Marine animals in particular have been waging a losing battle with plastic pollution, entangling themselves in six-pack rings and choking on grocery bags. But some of the most dangerous contaminants—microplastics—clock in at less than five millimeters in diameter, and are often invisible to the naked eye. And size matters: The majority of ocean plastics—over 90 percent—measure less than 10 millimeters in length, marine biologist Matthew Savoca explained to Laura Parker of National Geographic last year.


https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mosquitoes-are-passing-microplastics-up-food-chain-180970373/
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