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Microplastic pollution found in Ullswater

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New research shows an increase in microplastic pollution in the second largest lake in Cumbria.

Ullswater is one of 10 sites across the country highlighted by the study undertaken by Bangor University and Friends of the Earth

Using a fluorescence lighting system, researchers were able to identify and count microplastic pollutants which were less than 5 mm in size.

Plastic fragments, fibres and film were some of the pollutants found in the water.

Now further work to identify whether microplastics pose any danger to our health and the planet's ecosystems is underway.

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"As with all emerging contaminants we don't yet fully know the dangers they present to wildlife and ecosystems, or even human health, and to what levels they occur in all our water systems."

"But it's now clear that microplastics should be considered a serious emerging contaminant and there needs to be a concerted effort to regularly monitor all our inland waters for them."

– Dr Christian Dunn, Bangor University
  • The list of the 10 sites tested :
  • River Thames, London (84.1)
  • Chester reedbed (7.6)
  • Ullswater, Lake District (29.5)
  • River Irwell, Salford, Greater Manchester (84.8)
  • River Tame, Tameside, Greater Manchester (>1,000)
  • River Blackwater, Essex (15.1)
  • Falls of Dochart, Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park (3.3)
  • Loch Lomond, Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park (2.4)
  • Afon Cegin - river; North Wales (76.9)
  • Llyn Cefni - reservoir; Anglesey, Wales (43.2 )