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Soon California will monitor #microplastics in #drinkingWater and inform consumers. Law requires @CaWaterBoards evaluate #humanHealth risks and consider developing a numerical guidance level.

We convened an expert workshop to inform the state.
We started by scraping the literature for toxicity studies. Of the >220 studies, 74 were relevant for humans. We focused on in vivo studies (n = 41) due to the lack of a framework for quantitative assessing in vitro particle toxicity data.

@todd_gouin et al. screened each study for relevance and reliability for understanding impacts. No single study met all criteria, so a subset was selected as being absolutely critical for evaluation (red criteria).
Most studies did not use enough doses to pass criteria.

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Tyre dust: the ‘stealth pollutant’ that’s becoming a huge threat to ocean life

Plastic in the depths: Scientists spent decades on the trail of a mystery toxin killing #Salmon en masse. Mystery of the mass deaths seemed to occur after heavy rains #pnw #yvr…
first real breakthrough happened when they tested actual runoff collected from a nearby road and exposed test salmon to it. The fish died within hours
Tested this product @environmentca🤔
..carefully shaved tiny fragments of tyre & soaked them in water. “When we tested the tyres it killed all the fish".. culprit a toxic chemical 6PPD-quinone, product of the preservative 6PPD, added to tyres to stop them breaking down #Plastic
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🆕 @VUamsterdam' s study found that nearly 80% of the meat & dairy products from farm animals tested by scientists contain #Microplastics.

🤯 Where does that plastic come from? Most likely it originates from livestock feed.

READ in @guardian.

🧵👇 1/4…
2/4 - The presence of #Plastics in livestock could originate from the intentionally added #Microplastics in pesticides and fertilizers used to grow animal feed.

Find out more in our latest report 👇…
3/4 - In March, VUA researchers reported #Microplastics in human blood for the first time.

The discovery of the particles in blood shows they are ubiquitous in our environment, food, and bodies.

Read more about the impacts of #Plastics on our health ⤵️…
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"In a nation plagued by hidden poverty, what makes us most vulnerable is the basic moral contradiction of poverty, which we have tried to ignore for the past 40 years. 140 million Americans– 43% of adults and 52% of children–are suffering in plain sight."…
Power Grid Operators Warn Of Potential Electricity Shortages Amid Transition To Clean Energy | ZeroHedge…
#RenewableEnergy, #PowerGrid, #ElectricityShortages, #CleanEnergy, #BatteryStorage, #FossilFuelPowerPlants
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"Nearly 1/2 of Canadians are expected to develop #cancer during their lifetime & approx. 1 in 4 Canadians are expected to die from it." [Deloitte/CMA] How has this been normalized?

Instead, citizens fear a cold-like #virus w/ median infection survival rate of 99.77% or higher.
Aug 2021: "#cancer care disruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to 21,247 more cancer deaths in Canada in 2020-2030, assuming treatment capacity is recovered to 2019 pre-pandemic levels in 2021."

#Lockdowns as catalyst to #4IR #telehealth.
#Ontario: "there was a significant uptick in virtual care... more than 42 million specialist consultations... Despite this massive shift to #virtualcare, many patients still reported difficulty accessing chronic disease care during the pandemic."

#4IR #Telehealth #Privatization
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You are what you eat ~ We eat microplastics everyday.

Microplastics (5mm to 1 micron in size) & nanoplastics (less than 1 micron) are discoverable in human organs & research is in progress to discover how microplastics and nanoplastics affect our health. #CleanerSeas thread👇🏼
“It would be naive to believe there is plastic everywhere but just not in us. We are now providing a research platform that will allow us & others to look for what is invisible - these particles too small for the naked eye to see… cont. 👇🏼
The risk [to health] really resides in the small particles.” Rolf Haldon, Arizona State University.

Cont. 👇🏼
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 11/25/2021…
Millions of crabs shut down the streets on Australia's Christmas Island…

#RedCrabs #australia #ChristmasIsland
The impact of flowering plants on the evolution of life on Earth…

#evolution #FloweringPlants #impact #ResearchResults
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Join us for a discussion in SETAC Europe 32nd meeting session 4.1 Advancing the field of nano,- and microplastic toxicity exposure scenarios to better support risk assessments.
Abstract submission is now open and the deadline is 1.12.21
This session will focus on the necessity of building robust risk assessments for nano and #microplastics and how this can be obtained.
We will welcome a variety of contributions, some key examples shown here 👩‍🔬🧑‍🔬🖥️
Studies on Micro and nanoplastic effects in realistic exposure conditions, exposure timeframes, multidose exposures, and/or considering the multi-generational effects
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 05/24/2021…
Arctic warming three times faster than the planet, report warns…

#ArcticWarming #ClimateChange #consequences
Wild Bornean orangutans experience muscle catabolism during episodes of fruit scarcity…

#orangutans #borneo #FoodScarcity #catabolism #muscles
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"people are finding animals affected by #masks, gloves, & other #PPE. "The material that is helping us is harming others,"

But it's not. The material is not helping us. It serves as safety blanket, virtue signalling & inescapable reminder to retain #narrative. Nothing more.
When we harm nature, by default, we harm ourselves.

When we protect nature, by default, we protect ourselves.

We are part of nature.

We cry "protect #biodiversity" "protect #nature" - as we contribute to her destruction.

Enough. Just stop.
Nov 9 2019: "Pictures of Greta Thunberg are being used to shame office workers who use single-use plastic." [The Independent]

2020-2021: 6 billion face #masks consumed/discarded each day. Those that refuse are shamed. Demand for plastic has exploded.

#Microplastics #Pollution
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"#Microplastics revealed in the placentas of unborn babies"

"Health impact is unknown but scientists say particles may cause long-term damage to foetuses."

h\ t @juicetherich…
"Due to the crucial role of placenta in supporting the foetus's #development & in acting as an interface w/ the external environment, the presence of potentially harmful #plastic #particles is a matter of great concern."

"...scientists say there is an urgent need to assess the issue, particularly for infants. In October, scientists revealed that babies fed formula milk in #plastic bottles are swallowing millions of #particles a day."

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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 7/15/2020-2…

Complications from COVID-19 may depend on von Willebrand factor in the blood…

#factor #Covid19 #coronavirus #blood
Measuring Certainty and Mountains of Data - Marginally Compelling…

#measuring #certainty #data
Debating Risk and Value - Marginally Compelling…

#certainty #risk #data #value
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@GreenSpotCbus @ByBethBurger @MayorGinther @RumpkeNews @SWACOGreen @frontlinepbs 💯 agree! Here’s what’s in our home office... and we buy personal paper products w @FSC_IC logos as well. As #plastic manufacturering ramps up in #Ohio, we all need a closer look at the cradle-to-cradle production-disposal-reuse of plastics, #microplastics, other #pollution too.
@GreenSpotCbus @ByBethBurger @MayorGinther @RumpkeNews @SWACOGreen @frontlinepbs @FSC_IC In 2013, ~17% into @swaco #landfill was plastic. ~30% was ‘fibers’ aka paper/cardboard. We are > US avr #recycling rates but still have room to improve. Agree we need to encourage & incentivize ♻️ & refuse single-use plastic! Thanks @KrogerNews for phasing out #plastic bags! 🙌
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If you're worried about microfibre release from your clothing, what's the best way to approach laundry? In the past few years, UKRI-funded research has highlighted the environmental damage caused by #microplastics, including tiny synthetic fibres from clothes. (Thread) Image
Some people have responded to this news by replacing their synthetic clothing with natural fibre alternatives, but this generates waste and uses lots of resources to make new clothing. Instead, taking better care of your existing clothes is probably a better long-term option.
New research funded by EPSRC has shown that the wash cycle you use has a huge effect on microfibre release. A 30 minute, 25 degree wash cycle released 52% less microfibre mass compared to 85 minutes at 40.
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