The discovery of plastic in the bodies of half a dozen earthworms

The discovery of plastic in the bodies of half a dozen earthworms
LONDON: Traces of plastic have been found in more than half of the small mammals that roam the land, after marine life and humans themselves.

British experts have examined countless mammals eating different foods at different locations and found more than half of them contained plastic particles that were also leaking into their waste.

Professor Fiona Mathews, who is involved in the research, has conducted this important study under the Department of Environment at the University of Sussex. “Wildlife waste has shown that plastic has reached places far away from humans,” he said. Small mammals in the forest are also affected.
A total of 261 samples of small mammal waste were taken from seven locations in the UK and examined with infrared microscopy. Thus, four out of seven species contained polymer-style plastics. These included European weasels, a variety of rats and other animals.

Another study found unusual amounts of microplastics in animals living near urban areas, whether they were herbivores, omnivores or just carnivorous mammals. Experts have expressed concern over this trend. Another important point is that the number of European hawks is rapidly declining in the UK.

However, more research and evidence remains to be gathered on the reduction of animals from plastics. On the other hand, living beings are eating plastic and birds are making their nests from this plastic.