• We've now found microplastics on the very highest and lowest points on Earth. Mount Everest is littered with them

    5 days ago - By Business Insider

    Members of the National Geographic and Rolex Perpetual Planet Everest Expedition celebrate after setting up a weather station 27,650 feet up Mount Everest.
    Mark Fisher/National Geographic
    The entire climbing route up Mount Everest is littered with microplastics .
    Researchers even discovered plastic fibers just below the summit - at 27,690 feet above sea level, according to a new study.
    The fibers likely came off climbing gear, clothing, and tents.
    Microplastics have also been found in human poop, Arctic ice, and the deepest part of the Mariana Trench .
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  • Microplastics are everywhere: even on top of Mount Everest

    5 days ago - By Fast Company

    Scientists find that fibers from climbers' technical gear has polluted the world's tallest mountain.
    The once-pristine and isolated Mount Everest is now sometimes called the world's highest garbage dump: On one expedition in 2019, the Nepali government removed 24,000 pounds of trash , from used oxygen cylinders and plastic bottles to batteries that climbers had left behind. But even if all the visible trash was cleaned up from the world's tallest mountain, we couldn't return it to its original state: A new study finds that snow and streams in the area are also filled with microplastics.
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