Studies find microplastics in human lungs, blood stream; scientists investigating possible health…

Scientists from the Netherlands and the U.K. recently identified microplastics deep in the lungs of some surgical patients and in the blood of anonymous donors. Researchers say that it’s possible to take in these particles through the air we breathe. Leigh Shemitz, president of SoundWaters, and Paul Anastas, director of the Center for Green Chemistry at Yale University, join CBS News’ Lana Zak to discuss microplastics’ impact on humans and what can be done to mitigate plastic pollution.

6 thoughts on “Studies find microplastics in human lungs, blood stream; scientists investigating possible health…

  1. We should not be confused. Because since some years China denies taking all the plastic waste from Europe (what they had done over years). Now i think they are probably dispose the PVC directly on the high seas. How else could this problem with microplastics only have been known since that time? xx Michael

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    1. Hello Michael. Very true. What scares me is there is no known way to sweep up these small particles that we don’t know what they do to the body. If we destroy the food chain at the lowest levels those of us higher up will be destroyed also.

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    1. Hello Nan. It is a serious issue. I was stunned when that remote sub found a plastic grocery bag in one of the deep ocean trenches. Our plastic waste is just as much a long term problem as nuclear waste. It is a growing a problem that never goes away. But there is some good news. There is talk of trying to create a microbe that feeds off plastics but you know how these things can get out of hand. What will eat these microbes? Will the plastics still be in the food chain? Can these microbes survive out of the water and eat the plastics we don’t want eaten? Things to think about.

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