With Hurricane Irma bearing down on the west coast of Florida with 140 mph winds, and last week Hurricane Harvey drowning Texas, there is much talk of CO2 causing the weather intensity changes. Why is it that longer term cycles, cosmic rays and the grand solar minimum are not discussed as causes in intensification for the changes globally we are seeing. I present my findings that cosmic rays are causing the extreme weather we are seeing and a timeline for more intensification based on feedback loops of more cloud cover due to a weakened magnetosphere allowing cosmic rays to form more clouds between 15,000-18,500 ft in the Earth’s atmosphere
Sam Khoury contributing opinion author for The Nation newspaper in Bangkok discusses: News censorship in alternative ideas for Earth’s changing climate other than CO2. Cooling and cloudy conditions in Asia during the regular 11 year solar cycle. How the IPCC will wait for a large volcanic eruption in the solar cycle to explain cooling, not a grand solar minimum, but exclusively volcanic effects causing cooling. Similarities of the Roman era economy and climate condition going into the Late Antique Little Ice Age causing the final collapse of their way of life. Developed nations not surviving these great changes of agriculture and economy as well as under-developed nations. Population Migration and problems when this happens politically Why government will need to adopt a more decentralized style of governance. I believe this will also include crypto currency, smart contracts and local trade. Cold Sun Rising
As the dust settles since the Solar Eclipse, we are in a position to determine which direction society will move in? The incoming solar activity from the Great Central Sun and Earth’s Sun is blasting our human energy field as well as the planet’s geomagnetic field. On September 6th the sun unleashed the strongest solar flare in more than a decade. As your energy frequency increases, you are evolving from an extremely polarized field to a more neutral, smooth flowing field of unity consciousness – a non-polarized field of Love.
The Solar Eclipse opened Zero Point, where matter and anti-matter merge to create new realities. It is the null-zone where physical and spiritual unite. Wherever we use the sacred geometry Infinity Figure-8 to neutralize polarity in our energy field…it establishes zero point at the fulcrum of the Figure-8.
Quantum coherence at the subatomic level enhances the interactive communication between energy waves. With regular meditation we can establish more resonant coherence within our biological systems and between heart and mind. A coherent state increases the amount of energy transferred by the wave and its impact on matter. The more coherent your energy field determines how much and how quickly you can absorb the divine galactic photon waves of higher consciousness into your life.
The recent Solar Eclipse blackout activated a Zero Point portal within your being and in the planetary field. Existing within Zero Point is a vacuum state or null zone, pulsing in a collapse/expansion dynamic of Singularity. The Solar Eclipse ignited a process of Zero Point decomposition, whereby old, corrupted, outdated patterns, programs, codes and trauma are collapsing and purging out of your system.
As you clear away the dross of past history, karma, and traumatic wounding, your zero point vacuum initiates new cellular growth (electrons) in its place. All of existence originates as energy waves looping in coherence, storing quantum ‘packets’ of electrical charge that materializes as physical matter (spinning atoms). The electrification of matter produces creative renewal, self-generating vitality, health and wellbeing.
X-rays and UV radiation from the powerful solar flares ionized the top of Earth’s atmosphere. Interplanetary space, intergalactic space and distant stars are filled with plasma. For plasma to exist ionization has to occur. The galactic surge of plasma energy into Earth’s crystalline grid has caused destabilization…contributing to more earthquakes.
Plasma is often called the fourth state of matter, along with solid, liquids and gases. We find partially ionized plasma in lightning storms and fully ionized plasma within the sun nebula, solar corona and in stars. The corona visible during the Solar Eclipse is an aura of plasma that surrounds the sun. Plasmas are strong electrical conductors, where particles can interact at long range through electric and magnetic forces. We are evolving from binary polarity into a more advanced state as plasma generators.
During the Zero Point Solar Eclipse, the stargate portals opened, streaming plasma frequency into Gaia’s crystalline gridwork and sacred vortex sites. Plasma is one of the fastest wavelengths of Light, which requires special integration using vortex energy. Take time to ground to Gaia’s light grid and spin balance into your energy field.
Since the Solar Eclipse, many have experienced extreme weather, destruction of home or town and loss of livelihood. Most suffering arises from separation to spirit – keep connecting with your divine Soul Presence for inner strength and resilience during challenging times. You are not alone! We the Light Bearers are holding space with you and sending our Love and support.
Gaia is also in the midst of Zero Point decomposition. Within the collapse/expansion dynamic of the vacuum void, we need to step in and build the New Earth paradigm. Join other Light Warriors around the world for our Equinox Stargate Global Activations on September 22nd. Register at: https://newearthcentral.com/?p=119281. Thank you for sponsoring our show!
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EPISODE 22 OF THE EDUCATIONAL SERIES – COSMIC LOVE IS THE SOLUTION FOR EVERYTHING This film was produced by ALAJE THE PLEIADIAN with the energetic support of spiritual humans and light-beings from other planets and dimensions, many earthly efforts and costs and loving supporting friends, to help earth humans to develop an awareness of Universal Love. May it reach many people and open their heart for love and friendliness. Watch the Pleiadian Light-ships that I recorded for this video. They have a spiritual consciousness and are radiating Cosmic Love Energy that can help everybody to activate a higher love frequency. With english subtitles for deaf people. If you wish to support my Lightwork in form of a donation energy, please visit http://www.lightloveharmony.com/light… —————————————– http://www.youtube.com/user/777ALAJE —- ALAJE from the light dimensions of the Pleiades, (Spiritual Videos since 2006) —————————————– The meaning of Life is to have Love in your Heart and develop the consciousness**** Cosmic Love is the solution for everything**** Activate your Love in your Heart and send it daily to planet Earth. Use my Meditations from parts 4, 6, 10 and 18 of my Videos. Watch the videos with in different language subs on http://www.youtube.com/user/777ALAJE
Note: I’d have more to say on Attorney General Granny Clampets latest move to ignore the non-consent of the governed to repeal medical marijuana protections; but, as my grandmother always said “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nything at all. Hopefully the Senate will stop that wretched Granny in her tracks…
Seriously, what good is this man as AG when the Clintons. Podesta and Bush’s still run free. Banker’s are still stealing peoples homes. And where are all the mass arrests for high profile pedophiles? Sessions is nothing but a prison for profit WHORE, another Swamp Monster who could care less about the wishes of American’s whose taxes fund his paychecks…
Oopss…that wasn’t very nice was it – sorry Grandma!
Back in 2014, lawmakers passed an amendment to the federal budget to protect state-legalized medical marijuana industries and the patients they serve. The amendment prevented the DEA from spending a single penny on enforcing cannabis prohibition in those states. It didn’t overturn federal cannabis prohibition or legalize medical marijuana, but it did tie the Department of Justice’s hands by freezing their finances.
At the time, medical marijuana was legal in 21 states, a number that has grown to 30 since then. But they could all be shuttered soon because that amendment — which has to be renewed with every budget — was rejected yesterday by the House Rules Committee. That means the House can’t include the rider in their final version of the federal budget.
If the budget passes without that rider, budtenders, dispensary owners, doctors recommending cannabis and even medical marijuana patients could face prosecution for their involvement in the industry. And not just for what they’re doing right now. They could be charged with offences dating back to when they got involved in the state’s cannabis industry.
And Attorney General Sessions might do just that since he’s been itching to crackdown on those states. Since taking office, Sessions has ramped up anti-marijuana rhetoric in America. And last May, he asked Congress to drop the amendment so that he could unleash the DEA on medical marijuana states if he saw fit. His request was denied in July by the Senate Appropriations Committee, but it seems like his message resonated in the House.
The fight for the marijuana amendment isn’t over yet though. The budget has yet to reach the Senate, where the rider could be re-inserted with support from Senators Cory Booker (D – NJ), Mike Lee (R – UT), Lisa Murkowski (R – AK), Rand Paul (R – KY), Bernie Sanders (D – VT) and others.
But even if it does get reinserted and passed, the amendment only buys patients, doctors and businesses a small window of relief before they have to start looking over their shoulders for DEA helicopters again. The reality is that the industry won’t be safe until Congress listens to the 94 percent of Americans who support medical marijuana and changes the country’s criminally outdated cannabis laws.
“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” – John Muir
When whales were at their historic populations, before their numbers were reduced, it seems that whales might have been responsible for removing tens of millions of tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere every year. Whales change the climate. The return of the great whales, if they are allowed to recover, could be seen as a benign form of geo-engineering. It could undo some of the damage we have done, both to the living systems of the sea, and to the atmosphere. This video was created as a gift to humanity by Chris and Dawn Agnos. uploaded with permission. Sign up to watch more videos http://sustainablehuman.com/videos/ Official Landing Page:https://sustainablehuman.tv/?remix=ho… DONT FORGET TO LIKE, SUBSCRIBE, click the bell button next to the subscribe button to receive future videos, AND SHARE AROUND with friends, family and social media if you enjoy my content. STAY TUNED FOR THE NEXT VIDEO! subscribe for project updates and full research articles at https://www.patreon.com/Liftingtheveil
“This is a subject that feels timely because much ancient darkness is being released right now from the planetary light grids and from our energy fields. We are passing through a powerful time in our collective awakening. Light and dark forces have pushed our collective evolutionary process to a crucial point. In the next two years it is likely that many Starseeds on the planet will be called to awaken (2017-2018). We are being pushed to awaken and align with our true authentic light. This process of mass awakening will continue until around 2032. Then we enter a new period of seeding the new earth. Now we are clearing out the ancient darkness. Anything that is not love is being pushed to the surface. Fear and separation consciousness are the hallmarks of the outgoing epoch. Love and Unity consciousness are the hallmarks of the new age of light being birthed on the planet….” http://thesoulmatrix.com/global-shift…
When in crisis I summon my will, To stand and face, not run and escape, But remain calm, centered, and still.
Ha ha! That is to say you may want to run and escape! Frickin’ messes these days, personal, financial, physical, you name it. Of course we set these problems up for ourselves unconsciously (with an emphasis on UN) to learn something. The idea is that it stops, changes, or self corrects once you get what it is you were/are supposed to learn…… let’s hope, eh? In the meantime, like I say in the report, it’s all about priorities and getting them straight. Straight in alignment with your unconscious Soul evolutionary intention. Hence, it all boils down to making the unconscious conscious and the first one there wins (lol)! Wins as in peace of body, mind, heart, and soul….. Yes! Go for it! Injoy!
January 2017 Poverty Conciousness Over 2017 we will likely see the cracks in the old paradigms and systems grow wider. We are in a unique position, during the bifurcation, to begin to lay the seeds for the new cycle in ourselves. This is a time to ask ourselves what we truly value and examine anything the keeps us from living in alignment to those values. In the coming years there will be opportunities for trustworthy people to rise to leadership to help lay the groundwork to co-create global humanitarian based systems. This newsletter will take a deeper look at the origins and manipulation of currency, how resources are stolen and re-directed toward anti-life and enslavement agendas, and why the poverty consciousness is one of the NAA’s preferred consciousness traps.
A new cancer treatment is using resonant frequencies to shatter various types of cancer cells.
In his Tedx Talk, “Shattering Cancer with Resonant Frequencies,” Associate Professor and Director of Music at Skidmore College, Anthony Holland, tells the audience that he has a dream.
That dream is to see a future where children no longer have to suffer from the effects of toxic cancer drugs or radiation treatment, and today he and his team believe they have found the answer.
Many of us have likely seen or heard of people shattering glass with the sound of their voice. This amazing feat, Holland explains, is due to a phenomenon called resonant frequency. When someone taps a glass, it emits a natural resonant frequency.
To induce shattering, a person must match the resonant frequency of the glass with the vibration of their voice, getting louder and louder until the glass finally breaks.
Taking this phenomenon into account, Holland and a team of researchers wondered if they could induce the same effect in a living microorganism or cell.
They came across the work of a Chinese researcher, Dr. Mae-Wan Ho, who conjectured that live cells exhibit similar properties much like liquid crystals do.
With this in mind, Holland and his team wondered if they could affect a cell by sending a specific electric signal, much like we do with LCD technology.
After searching the patent database for a device that could accomplish the latter, they came across a therapeutic device invented by a New Mexico physician by the name of Dr. James Bare.
The device uses a plasma antenna that pulses on and off, which, as Holland explains, is important because a constant pulse of electricity would produce too much heat and therefore destroy the cell.
For the next 15 months, Holland and his team searched for the exact frequency that would directly shatter a living microorganism. The magic number finally came in the form of two inputs, one high frequency and one low.
The high frequency had to be exactly eleven times higher than the low, which in music is known as the 11th harmonic. At this 11th harmonic, micro organisms begin to shatter like crystal glass.
After practicing until they got efficient at the procedure, Holland began working with a team of cancer researchers in an attempt to destroy targeted cancer cells.
First they looked at pancreatic cancer cells, eventually discovering these cells were specifically vulnerable between 100,000 – 300,000 Hz.
Next they moved onto leukemia cells, and were able to shatter the leukemia cells before they could divide. But, as Holland explains in his talk, he needed bigger stats in order to make the treatment a viable option for cancer patients. So what kind of numbers did they produce?
Oscillating pulsed electric field (OPEF) technology
is literally shattering targeted cancer cells like crystal glass.
In repeated and controlled experiments, the frequencies, known as oscillating pulsed electric field (OPEF) technology, killed an average of 25% to 40% of leukemia cells, going as high as 60% in some cases. Furthermore, the intervention even slowed cancer cell growth rates up to 65%. It was a double whammy.
The team also found success attacking ovarian cancer cells. Most recently, they tested the treatment against the deadly super bug MRSA, an organism that is resistant to many common antibiotics.
Thousands of people die every year from MRSA, Holland explains, and the drugs normally used against the pathogen are known to have toxic side effects.
Incredibly, the frequency therapy eliminated antibiotic resistance, and researchers were able to introduce a small amount of antibiotic to kill the bug.
Holland hopes that one day the treatment will override the toxic conventional treatments currently available for patients.
At the end of his speech, he describes his vision for the future of cancer clinics:
“I believe the future of children’s cancer hospitals will be a different place. They will be a place where children gather and make new friends, they probably wont even know they are sick. They’ll draw pictures, colour in their books, and play with their toys, all the while unaware that above them, a beautiful, blue plasma light is emanating healing, pulsing fields, shattering their cancer, painlessly, and non-toxically, one cell at a time. Thank you.”
It’s also noteworthy to mention that in 1920 that Royal Rife first identified the human cancer virus using the world’s most powerful microscope.
After identifying and isolating the virus, he decided to culture it on salted pork. At the time this was a very good method for culturing a virus.
He then took the culture and injected it into 400 rats which as you might expect, created cancer in all 400 rats very quickly.
The next step for Rife is where things took an interesting turn. He later found a frequency of electromagnetic energy that would cause the cancer virus to diminish completely when entered into the energy field.
The great discovery led Rife to create a device that could be tuned to output the frequency that would destroy the cancer. He was then able to treat the cancer within both rats and patients who were within close proximity of the device. You can read more of that here.
MAJOR SOLAR FLARE AND RADIATION STORM: Departing sunspot AR2673 erupted again on Sept.10th (1606 UT), producing a major X8-class solar flare. Protons accelerated toward Earth by the explosion are swarming around our planet now, causing a moderately strong solar radiation storm.
Note: Seans audio has some reverberation, but is still audible – we’ve heard
Sean and I go over a plethora of techniques, current happenings, multidimensional understanding and individual abilities that have been evolving over the past few months. Speaking with someone who understands these systems like I do opens up a whole dimension of discussion and exploration that cannot be done without it, and it turns into a really good conversation. Enjoy 🙂
In one of the more bizarre stories to hit national news this week, an Ohio sheriff’s deputy is under investigation for shooting a local reporter who innocently set up a camera and tripod on a public sidewalk to document a routine traffic stop. What’s more is the shooting took place in a small town where “everyone knows everybody” and the police officer and victim were actually friends.
Ohio based New Carlisle News reports that its own photographer was shot in the incident which occurred Monday night:
Andy Grimm was shot by a Clark County deputy Monday evening. Andy had left the office around 10:00 p.m. to take pictures of lightning. There was a traffic stop on Main Street near Studebaker’s Restaurant, but Andy was not the subject of the stop. He had his camera and tripod in his hands and Deputy Jake Shaw apparently mistook it for a weapon and fired, striking Andy in the side. He was rushed to Miami Valley Hospital for surgery. He is expected to recover from his wounds.
Image source: New Carlisle News
Body camera video released by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office shows Deputy Jake Shaw shoot Grimm. The shooting sequence begins at 3:20 in as the officer is checking info inside the police car on speeder he pulls over.
In an unexpected twist, the wounded cameraman is now pleading for the officer to keep his job. Grimm told local reporters, “I know Jake. I like Jake. I don’t want him to lose his job over this,” in reference to the sheriff’s deputy that shot him.
The victim’s father, Dale Grimm, told The Washington Post that his son “got out, parked under a light in plain view of the deputy, with a press pass around his neck. He was setting up his camera, and he heard pops.” Sheriff’s deputy Jake Shaw reportedly gave no warning before firing.
The case has been turned over to the the Ohio state attorney general’s Bureau of Criminal Division. While it’s entirely possible that there’s much more here than what’s being reported – for example, there could have been some kind of personal dispute between the friends – the strange incident is part of a growing list of “shoot first, ask questions later” incidents which display an increasingly militarized and trigger-happy mentality by local and state police.
As we reported last week in The Alarming Militarization of American Police, it is deeply disturbing that the federal government currently seeks to pass on military hardware to local and state authorities which continue to display lack of judgement as well as over the top tactics while dealing with routine local civilian matters. Local police forces should never operate like the Pentagon, but it appears we’re headed down precisely that path:
President Donald Trump has signed an executive order clearing the way for local police in America to receive military gear such as grenade launchers, high-calibre weapons, and armored vehicles. Trump and the DOJ have just reversed former President Barack Obama’s restrictions that allows local police departments to receive surplus military equipment.
…Let’s not kid ourselves, America by the day is turning into a police state where power through police force is the objective. The citizens of the police state may experience restrictions on social or financial mobility, or even on their freedom to express or communicate alternative political views.
No, the sheriff’s deputy who possibly mistook a simple camera and tripod on a small-town street for a mounted assault rifle should not keep his job – he is an absolute danger to society. But could we imagine if such police made regular use of mounted 50-caliber machine guns and grenade launchers?
SEVERE GEOMAGNETIC STORM: Arriving earlier than expected, a CME hit Earth’s magnetic field on Sept. 7th at ~2300 UT. This is, essentially, debris from Wednesday’s decade-class X9 solar flare. A rare severe G4-class geomagnetic storm is in progress as our planet’s magnetic field reverberates from the impact. Auroras have been spotted as far south as Arkansas in the United States! http://www.spaceweather.com/ Rare Severe Geomagnetic Storm A coronal mass ejection (CME) propelled into space by an X9.3 solar flare on Thursday reached our planet a little earlier than expected and helped to generate a Severe (G4) level geomagnetic storm. The solar wind climbed to above 700 km/s and the Bz component of the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) pointed sharply south (-32nT) following the shock passage. Visual aurora is being reported across many locations at middle to high latitudes. http://www.solarham.net/
UPDATE: S1-S2 WARNING EXTENDED TO 8 SEPTEMBER/2359 UTC The S1-S2 (Minor-Moderate) solar radiation storm warning for the 10 MeV protons was extended and is now in effect until 8 September at 2359 UTC (8/1959 ET). http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/
UPDATE: CONTINUED G4 (SEVERE) GEOMAGNETIC STORMING OBSERVED G4 (Severe) geomagnetic storm levels were observed at 2350 UTC (1950 Eastern) on 07 September and again at 0151 UTC (2151 Eastern) on 08 September due to effects from a coronal mass ejection. A G3 (Strong) or greater warning continues to be in effects until 0600 UTC (02:00 Eastern) on 08 September. G4 (Severe) Geomagnetic Storm Impacts Power systems: Possible widespread voltage control problems and some protective systems will mistakenly trip out key assets from the grid. Spacecraft operations: May experience surface charging and tracking problems, corrections may be needed for orientation problems. Other systems: Induced pipeline currents affect preventive measures, HF radio propagation sporadic, satellite navigation degraded for hours, low-frequency radio navigation disrupted, and aurora has been seen as low as Alabama and northern California (typically 45° geomagnetic lat.). S2 (Moderate) Solar Radiation Storm Impacts Biological: Passengers and crew in high-flying aircraft at high latitudes may be exposed to elevated radiation risk. Satellite operations: Infrequent single-event upsets possible. Other systems: Small effects on HF propagation through the polar regions and navigation at polar cap locations possibly affected. http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/
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Microplastic contamination has been found in tap water in countries around the world, leading to calls from scientists for urgent research on the implications for health.
Scores of tap water samples from more than a dozen nations were analysed by scientists for an investigation by Orb Media, who shared the findings with the Guardian. Overall, 83% of the samples were contaminated with plastic fibres.
The US had the highest contamination rate, at 94%, with plastic fibres found in tap water sampled at sites including Congress buildings, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters, and Trump Tower in New York. Lebanon and India had the next highest rates.
European nations including the UK, Germany and France had the lowest contamination rate, but this was still 72%. The average number of fibres found in each 500ml sample ranged from 4.8 in the US to 1.9 in Europe.
The new analyses indicate the ubiquitous extent of microplastic contamination in the global environment. Previous work has been largely focused on plastic pollution in the oceans, which suggests people are eating microplastics via contaminated seafood.
“We have enough data from looking at wildlife, and the impacts that it’s having on wildlife, to be concerned,” said Dr Sherri Mason, a microplastic expert at the State University of New York in Fredonia, who supervised the analyses for Orb. “If it’s impacting [wildlife], then how do we think that it’s not going to somehow impact us?”
A separate small study in the Republic of Ireland released in June also found microplastic contamination in a handful of tap water and well samples. “We don’t know what the [health] impact is and for that reason we should follow the precautionary principle and put enough effort into it now, immediately, so we can find out what the real risks are,” said Dr Anne Marie Mahon at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, who conducted the research.
Mahon said there were two principal concerns: very small plastic particles and the chemicals or pathogens that microplastics can harbour. “If the fibres are there, it is possible that the nanoparticles are there too that we can’t measure,” she said. “Once they are in the nanometre range they can really penetrate a cell and that means they can penetrate organs, and that would be worrying.” The Orb analyses caught particles of more than 2.5 microns in size, 2,500 times bigger than a nanometre.
Microplastics can attract bacteria found in sewage, Mahon said: “Some studies have shown there are more harmful pathogens on microplastics downstream of wastewater treatment plants.”
Microplastics are also known to contain and absorb toxic chemicals and research on wild animals shows they are released in the body. Prof Richard Thompson, at Plymouth University, UK, told Orb: “It became clear very early on that the plastic would release those chemicals and that actually, the conditions in the gut would facilitate really quite rapid release.” His research has shown microplastics are found in a third of fish caught in the UK.
This research led Frank Kelly, professor of environmental health at King’s College London, to tell a UK parliamentary inquiry in 2016: “If we breathe them in they could potentially deliver chemicals to the lower parts of our lungs and maybe even across into our circulation.” Having seen the Orb data, Kelly told the Guardian that research is urgently needed to determine whether ingesting plastic particles is a health risk.
The new research tested 159 samples using a standard technique to eliminate contamination from other sources and was performed at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. The samples came from across the world, including from Uganda, Ecuador and Indonesia.
How microplastics end up in drinking water is for now a mystery, but the atmosphere is one obvious source, with fibres shed by the everyday wear and tear of clothes and carpets. Tumble dryers are another potential source, with almost 80% of US households having dryers that usually vent to the open air.
“We really think that the lakes [and other water bodies] can be contaminated by cumulative atmospheric inputs,” said Johnny Gasperi, at the University Paris-Est Créteil, who did the Paris studies. “What we observed in Paris tends to demonstrate that a huge amount of fibres are present in atmospheric fallout.”
Plastic fibres may also be flushed into water systems, with a recent study finding that each cycle of a washing machine could release 700,000 fibres into the environment. Rains could also sweep up microplastic pollution, which could explain why the household wells used in Indonesia were found to be contaminated.
In Beirut, Lebanon, the water supply comes from natural springs but 94% of the samples were contaminated. “This research only scratches the surface, but it seems to be a very itchy one,” said Hussam Hawwa, at the environmental consultancy Difaf, which collected samples for Orb.
Current standard water treatment systems do not filter out all of the microplastics, Mahon said: “There is nowhere really where you can say these are being trapped 100%. In terms of fibres, the diameter is 10 microns across and it would be very unusual to find that level of filtration in our drinking water systems.”
Bottled water may not provide a microplastic-free alternative to tapwater, as the they were also found in a few samples of commercial bottled water tested in the US for Orb.
Almost 300m tonnes of plastic is produced each year and, with just 20% recycled or incinerated, much of it ends up littering the air, land and sea. A report in July found 8.3bn tonnes of plastic has been produced since the 1950s, with the researchers warning that plastic waste has become ubiquitous in the environment.
“We are increasingly smothering ecosystems in plastic and I am very worried that there may be all kinds of unintended, adverse consequences that we will only find out about once it is too late,” said Prof Roland Geyer, from the University of California and Santa Barbara, who led the study.
Mahon said the new tap water analyses raise a red flag, but that more work is needed to replicate the results, find the sources of contamination and evaluate the possible health impacts.
She said plastics are very useful, but that management of the waste must be drastically improved: “We need plastics in our lives, but it is us that is doing the damage by discarding them in very careless ways.”