Microplastics may cool or warm the Earth's climate

Small plastic pieces circling in the sky can affect the weather. Like ash from a volcanic cloud, microplastics polluted the atmosphere and surrounded the Earth. These plastic parts are less than 5 mm long and are available in two main types. Pieces are formed from torn bags and bottles (children drink millions of fine particles in their daily formula) and the microfibers are separated from synthetic clothing in a washing machine and taken to the sea. The winds then wash away the land and ocean and transport the microplastics into the atmosphere. The weather is so bad that more than 120 million plastic bottles are found annually in 11 protected areas in the United States, which make up only 6

In a study published today in Nature, scientists have modeled for the first time how atmospheric particles affect climate, and that's a strange mix of good and bad news. The good news is that microplastics may reflect a small amount of solar energy into space, actually cooling the weather somewhat. The bad news is that humanity is loading the environment with microplastics (samples from ocean sediments show the concentration has doubled every 15 years since the 1940s) and the particles themselves are so diverse that it's not clear how the pollutants end up. Works. Affect the weather and in some cases may warm the planet. Climate >> Earth absorbs some of the sun's energy while also reflecting part of it, an exchange known as radiative force. Modeling showed that like other aerosols in the atmosphere, such as dust and ash, microplastics react with this energy. "They do a very good job of scattering sunlight into space, so we're seeing a cooling effect," said Laura Revell, an atmosphere chemist and lead author of the new research paper. "But they also do a very good job of absorbing radiation from the Earth, which means they can play a very small role in causing the greenhouse effect." They are made of different polymers and have rainbow colors. The pieces are spun around the foil, while the fibers are repeatedly separated. And each particle grows a unique "plasticizer" of bacteria, viruses and algae. It represents a great diversity, and instead, they identified the general optical properties of the fibers and components as two main groups - eg, how well they reflect or absorb solar energy. They based their model on pure pigments without pigments and assumed an atmospheric composition of 100 molecules per cubic meter of air. The researchers then linked all this to an existing climate model, which tells them the estimated impact of microplastics in the atmosphere on the climate. from the Institute for Environmental Engineering and Processes at the University of Rhein-Main in Hessen, Rüsselheim, Germany. "src=" "alt=" Microplastics may cool or warm Earth's climate "> Expansion/microplastic particles after filtering in a zinc lab Precipitation of stainless steel films Environmental and Process Engineering at Rhein-Main University of Hesse, Rüsselsheim, Germany Image Alliance | They find that the net effect is essentially a fading.(They did not convert this into a potential change in the overall temperature of the climate.)

It may be Earth is actually colder than the dust in the atmosphere.I've heard of solar geoengineering, and this is the principle: Planes spray ventilators that send solar energy back into space, and strange enough that cargo ships do the same, albeit Unintentionally: The clouds of pollution you're getting rid of help warm the Earth and act as a reflective cloud.

"I want to stress that's not a good thing, though." You tell Revell iodine from the micro-cooling effect. First of all, microplastics are a danger to ecosystems - and our bodies.And second, color is a limitation like this Prototype. While the researchers based their model on dye-free particles, microplastics are available in a wide range of colors, particularly clothing microfibers. Color will have a significant impact on potential radiation: darker colors absorb more energy, while lighter colors reflect more. When the color of the particles is considered in future models, scientists may find that they are more likely to cause warming. At present, there is no way to know how many particles of color are circulating in the atmosphere. In addition, microbes growing on the particles may alter their reflectivity. "This is the first interesting study of direct radiation from microplastics in the atmosphere," said Natalie Mawald, an atmospheric scientist at Cornell University who modeled microplastics in the atmosphere. "The results are likely to be very sensitive to assumptions about the size, distribution and color of microplastics." Scientists can take samples of the air and identify the microplastics sticking together, but they only show bulges in the massive atmosphere—plus, the microplastics count 100 feet above the ground may be very different. Be 1,000 feet. For example, smaller plastics may be longer. Rivell and his colleagues also used a specific concentration - 100 particles per cubic meter of air - as scientists sample from around the world in an oddly different way. The concentration of plastic in the ocean may be less than one particle per cubic meter, but it is higher than 5,600 over Beijing and 2,500 over London. M is the result of large particle doubling to reach the nanosphere. Few scientists have the equipment and expertise to sample nanoplastics, but a team working in the Alps found that at least 200 billion particles per week fall on a square meter of the mountain. The atmosphere is positively filled with plastic particles - yet scientists can't detect all of them. A guess is whether they affect cloud formation. When water sticks to suspended particles such as particulates, a cloud forms. What if the microplastics in the atmosphere actually act as an extra core?

At least in the lab, scientists have observed that particles collect ice in special chambers that replicate atmospheric conditions. "If microplastics behave in this way and help clouds, that would be a really attractive path, because clouds themselves have a huge impact on the energy balance and the climate system," says Revell. Bigger and brighter clouds send more sunlight into space, so this is how pollutants can convert energy. And it's likely that over time, there will be more plastic to sample. "Unless we really make big changes in how we deal with microplastic pollutants, the amount of plastic we produce, and our waste management practices, we can only expect plastic to continue to break down in the environment," he says. Raven said they would produce more microplastics. Wind can collect and carry these microplastics and have a significant impact on the climate.

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