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What happens when the biggest devil takes a form within the tiniest confines known? Go on thinking about the same and you will run out of your capacity to remember the hazards this pose. Quite similar it is with plastic. Taking form as micro plastics, these tiny devils can cause catastrophe to the environment and life to a degree that’s simply unfathomable. It’s simply shocking to see the ways in which the effects of micro plastics have spread into the different segments of our lives and the planet. Be it oceans, lands, rivers, or even our bio-systems, micro plastics are in a way much, much more disastrous than conventional macro plastic items.

Amidst all of this, scientists have found out a completely new way how micro plastics spread. The process is not only jaw dropping in itself, but also points out unfortunately the startling impact of our plastic addiction on everything, the effects that are actually happening under the veil.

The Surprising Study!

To cut to the chase, a recent study at the University of Reading, UK, has found out that micro plastics are being spread on a mind boggling rate through mosquitoes! Yes, you heard that right! Mosquitoes are now contributing to micro plastic pollution and only we are to blame. And, the effect becomes much clearer when you think about the reach of mosquitoes. These tiny singing notorious creatures roam around all water and land locations of a city, enter into our homes, sit on our water storage tanks, hover on our food and worst of all—bite us! This means they are releasing plastic related toxins not only in every segment of our locality and surroundings, but also directly into our body and blood stream. This could be more catastrophic than ever!


How Does This Exactly Happen?

Let’s take a walk into the research now to understand how this exactly happens! The study involving academics, professors, and PHD students found that microplastic particles were getting inside flying insects such as mosquitoes that lay their eggs in water. The plastic particles enter into the larvae of these insects that shockingly persist in their blood stream even when the larvae reach their adulthoods. It’s obviously our act of throwing away plastic items carelessly that causes this! The ill-treated dumped plastic ends up in landfills and nearby water sources that contribute to this effect of mosquito larvae getting infected with micro plastic toxins.

This was proved through a carefully designed experiment using fluorescent plastic microbeads on mosquito larvae. The researchers could trace the presence of the particles even when the mosquito larvae become adults. Therefore, not only such adult ‘plastic polluted’ insects contaminate all things they reach out to hence, but birds and bats then eat such flying insects that create a completely new path for plastics to spread through the complex food cycle in the animal kingdom.

Is It Completely Out of Control?

Ever since the study was brought out to the masses, it has caused a significant stir in the academic world. For most, this is completely ‘eye opening’ and ‘deeply concerning’. It highlights the extent of nuisance that plastic bottle pollution or plastic pollution as a whole is causing to the environment and the possibility of disaster it poses to our own health. Moreover, god knows how many more ‘startling’ mass-catastrophic effects of plastic pollution are brewing under the veil. To us, it’s the unknown that frightens the most. And, this poses a significant question—do we have the capability to trace all the effects of plastic pollution and, more importantly, all the ways in which it is affecting us? Yes, this mass catastrophic agent, unfortunately, has totally gone out of control. Either we become immediately aware and refrain from using it or it’s a ticking time bomb of the end of our planet, slowly and painfully.


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