Plastic bags have already been found at the ocean’s deepest depths – and now it seems that nowhere on Earth can escape plastic pollution, even the highest mountain tops.
New research from Strathclyde University found that microplastic dust seems to be spreading through the air – even onto the tops of remote mountains.
Researchers found tiny pieces of polymer, 5mm in size, in a remote mountain area between France and Spain thought of as ‘pristine’.
Researchers believe that the ‘microplastics’ might have travelled up to 60 miles, being carried on the wind.
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Joint lead researcher Steve Allen, of Strathclyde University, said: ‘It’s astounding and worrying that so many particles were found in the Pyrenees field site. It’s being transported there by the wind.
‘It opens up the possibility that it’s not only in the cities are you breathing this in, but it can travel quite some distance from the sources.
‘I don’t think there is an organism on Earth that is immune to this.’