Plastic particles in clouds may affect climate, study finds

This was revealed in a study conducted in China / File photo
This was revealed in a study conducted in China / File photo

Tiny particles of plastic have been found in air, water, soil, food and even blood.

In fact, they have been discovered almost everywhere around the world, including clouds.

Tiny plastic particles were recently discovered in clouds over eastern China, and a new study suggests that these particles may influence cloud formation and weather.

Research by Shandong University found tiny plastic particles in 24 out of 28 water samples collected from clouds above Mount Tai.

These were particles of different types of plastic used for clothing, packaging and face masks etc.

The researchers said that the evidence presented in the study proves the presence of small particles of plastic in the clouds.

However, the research did not answer the question of how the plastic particles are reaching the clouds.

According to the researchers, more research is needed to understand the effects of plastic particles on the climate, but it is clear that much needs to be done to control the problem.

The results of this research were published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology Letters.

This is not the first time that small particles of plastic have been detected in the clouds.

Earlier in September 2023, Japanese scientists discovered tiny particles of plastic in the clouds above Mount Fuji and Mount Oyama.

Japanese scientists had said that the plastic particles in the ocean reach the cloud water through the air.

He added that it has been proven earlier that humans and animals are also ingesting these particles and they reach the lungs, blood, heart and other parts.

It is not yet clear what the effects of small plastic particles entering the body can be.

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