Chemicals leaking from plastic waste make bacteria grow faster in European lakes

Chemicals leaking from plastic waste make bacteria grow faster in European lakes, according to the research published on July 26 in Paris.

The researchers said could provide a natural way to remove plastic pollution from freshwater ecosystems.

Micro plastics have been found everywhere in the world — from the highest glaciers to the bottom of the deepest sea trench — but the impact of plastic pollution in lakes is less well¬† researched than in oceans.

When plastic materials such as carrier bags break down in water, they release simple carbon compounds slightly different to those produced when organic matter such as twigs and leaves disintegrate.

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