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Old 12-03-18, 21:32
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This worrying report is from BBC News Science & Environment:

Microplastics are 'littering' riverbeds - BBC News
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Microscopic plastic beads, fragments and fibres are littering riverbeds across the UK - from rural streams to urban waterways.

This is according to a study that analysed sediments from rivers in north-west England.

Scientists from the University of Manchester tested river sediments at 40 sites throughout Greater Manchester and found "microplastics everywhere".

There is evidence that such small particles can enter the food chain.
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I'm not sure why we, as mere mortals, keep banging on about this. There is nothing we can do unless we mount a massive concerted effort to make the government do something and that isn't going to happen. Also if we in this country manage to get a total ban on plastics what about all the other countries around the world that use plastic. I wrote this on Facebook in response to a similar post there.

"The government isn't interested. we as a public consumer just talk about it on social media and that is only a few that do that. Most people do not care. Youngsters, on the whole, do not care. Retailers cannot stop buying stuff wrapped in plastic although big supermarkets could do much more but they do not care. What is America doing about it? Absolutely nothing. China? nothing. India? nothing. Russia, well they are killing people over here so they are not bothered. You see it's not just the tiny UK it's the whole world. There is too much money wrapped up in it for it to stop. Well there you have it. Your post came up before I finished this one. I'm not blaming Alex as such. It is peer pressure but youngsters don't care if they did they would do something about it all be it not any where near enough. Are they saying anything about it in schools. No they aren't."
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Unfortunately you’re right about this and the same applies to other things we “shouldn’t” be doing. Of course we will continue to do them and let the future take care of itself. I’ve often thought that whatever we do, it’s too little, too late.
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I've just seen this on the BBC Business News site:

Plastics tax eyed in litter crackdown - BBC News
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Chancellor Philip Hammond has called for views on how taxes on some plastics could benefit the environment.
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