‘IT’S RAINING PLASTIC’: RESEARCHERS FIND MICROSCOPIC FIBERS IN COLORADO RAIN SAMPLES

 

Raining plastic? For some reason I’m not surprised. I mean we have plastic everywhere. Take a walk around where you live and you’ll no doubt find a bunch of plastic garbage just laying around. Let’s not forget about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch which is located between Hawaii and California and has an estimated weight of around 80,000 tonnes of plastic… So it’s not a big stretch to believe that our rain will have some microplastic fibers in it. I mean what do you think happens to all that plastic that is laying around as garbage? It deteriorates and when water evaporates from the ground some fibers are carried a long with it.

Many people believe that this pollution problem is complex and requires a lot of effort to curb. Which is a load of bullshit; the only thing perpetuates our pollution problem is greed, selfishness and ignorance. Corey Goode has stated that the Secret Space Program called Solar Warden, which he served in have replicators and other exotic technologies.

Now think about it; if you had a replicators you could reduce the amount of plastic used on products. Want water? Replicate it, want food? Replicate it, want a tool or some other kind of product? Replicate it. The problem we have with plastic is that corporations used it to sell their product such as soda, water and our things. Then they coat so much plastic over products as well. They do this in order to reduce theft; you all know what I’m talking about. think about those pesky products that were wrapped and covered in plastic containers that are a PAIN in the ass to get out.

The source of the problem at the end of the day is greed and selfishness. We’ve had replicators for decades that have been withheld from the public for reasons that are moot and invalid. Much of the strain we put upon this planet can be relieved with much of the technology that the Secret Space Programs withhold from humanity. It is time that we demand these things to be released. These Secret Space Programs have created infrastructure that we the people have financed and they have the audacity to withhold these life changing technologies.

I’m not just talking about replicators; I’m talking about free energy, energy pods, anti gravity vehicles, virtual realities and many other technologies as well. These secret space programs have enjoyed their exclusivity for far too long. Our planet is dying because these selfish groups haven’t shared the technology with the world. Which by the way as I’ve said WE FINANCED!! It is time that the military be held accountable. It’s time that they understand that We The People are the ones they serve, not corporations, secret societies, governments or various clique. We the People Demand Full Disclosure and we demand it NOW!

Timothy Frappier

Source: Brett Walton, Circle of Blue

Via: Waking Times

When Greg Wetherbee sat in front of the microscope recently, he was looking for fragments of metals or coal, particles that might indicate the source of airborne nitrogen pollution in Rocky Mountain National Park. What caught his eye, though, were the plastics.

The U.S. Geological Survey researcher had collected rain samples from eight sites along Colorado’s Front Range. The sites are part of a national network for monitoring changes in the chemical composition of rain. Six of the sites are in the urban Boulder-to-Denver corridor. The other two are located in the mountains at higher elevation.

The monitoring network was designed to track nitrogen trends, and Wetherbee, a chemist, wanted to trace the path of airborne nitrogen that is deposited in the national park. The presence of metals or organic materials like coal particles could point to rural or urban sources of nitrogen.

He filtered the samples and then, in an inspired moment, placed the filters under a microscope, to look more closely at what else had accumulated. It was much more than he initially thought.

“It was a serendipitous result,” Wetherbee told Circle of Blue. “An opportune observation and finding.”

In 90 percent of the samples Wetherbee found a rainbow wheel of plastics, mostly fibers and mostly colored blue. Those could have been shed like crumbs from synthetic clothing. But he also found other shapes, like beads and shards. The plastics were tiny, needing magnification of 20 to 40 times to be visible and they were not dense enough to be weighed. More fibers were found in urban sites, but plastics were also spotted in samples from a site at elevation 10,300 feet in Rocky Mountain National Park.

The findings are detailed in a report published online on May 14.

Where did the plastic fibers come from? Are they locally produced, or carried from distant states or countries? How do they affect fish and other aquatic life after the plastics precipitate out in rain? And just how much plastic is aloft? Austin Baldwin, a study co-author, would like to know.

“There are more questions than answers right now,” Baldwin, a USGS hydrologist who studies microplastics, told Circle of Blue.

Plastic pollution is ubiquitous, an unfortunate residue of contemporary consumer culture. Bottles, bags, and containers litter beaches and clog streams. Seabirds and whales eat the debris, their stomachs coming to resemble a garbage bin.

These are the most visible signs of an even deeper problem. The consequences of microplastics, those comparable to grains of salt or human hairs, are less well understood. Baldwin said there are even fewer studies to date that have examined microplastics in rain. He mentioned two studies from Paris and one from the Pyrenees. “It’s kind of exciting,” in the sense of scientific discovery, he said.

The atmosphere is a powerful and tireless recirculator — of pollution as well as water. Dust carried by wind and rain from America’s southern deserts falls on the Rocky Mountains and causes snowpack to melt more quickly. Mercury emissions from thermal power plants as distant as China have been detected in the remote alpine lakes of Olympic National Park and Mount Rainier National Park, where the toxic chemical is consumed by fish. Even PFAS compounds, the contaminants du jour, hitch an aerial ride. New Hampshire regulators traced groundwater contamination near a Saint-Gobain manufacturing facility to the site’s blower stacks, which had lofted the chemicals into the air before they precipitated onto land.

Baldwin outlined several theories for the source of microplastics in Colorado. The fibers suggest the residue from synthetic clothing. Residential clothes dryers could be venting a waste stream into the air, he said. Or laundry water could be a source. Fibers sent to a wastewater treatment plant could end up in the sludge that is then spread on farm fields for fertilizer. As the sludge dries, the fibers could be lifted into the air. Another possible source could be the slow degradation of car tires.

The next step is to estimate the mass of microplastics in rain and whether the phenomenon is evident in other regions. Wetherbee said that an evaluation of snow-season deposition of microplastics across the U.S. Rockies, from Montana to New Mexico, is already in progress.

Though individual microplastics have their own shape, size, and chemistry, Baldwin did not think that the Colorado sites are particularly unique. The fibers could have been carried for a significant distance.

“We’re seeing plastics virtually everywhere we look,” he said.

About the Author

Brett Walton writes about agriculture, energy, infrastructure, and the politics and economics of water in the United States. He also writes the Federal Water Tap, Circle of Blue’s weekly digest of U.S. government water news. He is the winner of two Society of Environmental Journalists reporting awards, one of the top honors in American environmental journalism: first place for explanatory reporting for a series on septic system pollution in the United States(2016) and third place for beat reporting in a small market (2014). Brett lives in Seattle, where he hikes the mountains and bakes pies. Contact Brett Walton

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