MICROPLASTICS COULD BE AFFECTING CLOUD FORMATION, WHICH MEANS AN AFFECT ON THE WEATHER
And here I thought my levels of astounded disturbance with microplastics could be even more…. disturbed. We know they’re practically everywhere, including our food, water, blood, organs, animals, the food we eat. And then we recently found out that microplastics are also in the very clouds themselves. I thought that bothered me when I wrote about it. But the very idea tends to metastasize anxiety like in inoperable tumor. But now we also get the added anxiety snowballing bonus of learning that microplastics in the clouds could affect cloud formation itself? As in, affecting the damn weather, too?
SCIENTISTS AT SHANDONG UNIVERSITY CONDUCTING LAB TESTS ABOUT MICROPLASTICS WEATHER FUTURE
Scientists at the Shandong University in China conducted a study that looked for and analyzed microplastics in the clouds around Mount Tai, which sits near population centers in Eastern China. They collected and studied 28 samples they took in the summer of 2021, with 24 of them containing microplastics. Those included lovely polymers like polyethylene terephthalate, polypropylene, and polyethylene. And the lower the clouds, the denser the clouds as well as the microplastics. And then the scientists decided to conduct lab experiments to see how these polymers might affect the clouds themselves. And, hence, the weather itself.
ACID RAIN MAY HAVE BEEN THE GOOD OLD DAYS, AS TOMORROW’S WEATHER COULD BE PLASTICIZED
Using ultraviolet radiation and filtered water, they looked to see how microplastics in cloud-like formations behaved. Or, how might this microplastics in clouds could affect the weather. How it may already be affecting the weather. So far, they’re just beginning to analyze the data. But that means that there is data, which means that clouds with microplastics won’t behave the way clouds without microplastics do. Could this mean stronger storms? Does it mean dangerous microplastics deluges (remember acid rain?) affecting local regions? We don’t know yet. But we will, and soon. And here we thought weather forecasting couldn’t get any more complicated.