Sunday, November 28, 2021

NEWS

Warning on damage of microplastics to penguins in Antarctica

Warning on damage of microplastics to penguins in Antarctica

Washington, July 22 (Prensa Latina) A scientific team warned about the damage microplastics can cause in the feeding of penguins in Antarctica due to the pollution of seas by man, a specialized source reported today.
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp
Share on telegram
Share on email

Among materials found in analysis of penguins’ feces are cellulose, polyethylene and polyester, the journal Science of the Total Environment said.

Experts expected to find low pollution data due to the almost non-existent human presence in Antarctica and ocean waters around it.

However, they were surprised with what they found when studying the species Adelie penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae), chinstrap penguin (Pygoscelis antarcticus) and gentoo (Pygoscelis papua).

In their opinion, such problems are related to research stations, fishing and tourist boats and ocean currents causing these particles to reach these habitats.

Microplastics are particles of less than five millimeters increasingly present in marine ecosystems.

It is becoming worrisome given its persistence in environments and its accumulation in food chains, specialists warn.

Scientists recommended continuing the study of the mentioned environmental problem to set new policies in ecosystems of the Antarctic continent.

pgh/lcp

ÚLTIMO MINUTO
name of Prensa Latina

| Text SMS to 8100 with content PL
Receive 4 mesages x 25 cup

© 2016-2021 Prensa Latina
Latin American News Agency

Radio – Publications  – Videos – News by the minute.
All Rigts Reserved.

St. E No 454 , Vedado,  Habana, Cuba.
Phones: (+53) 7 838 3496, (+53) 7 838 3497, (+53) 7 838 3498, (+53) 7 838 3499
Prensa Latina © 2021 .

Web Site developed by IT Division  Prensa Latina.