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The New Plastic Threat to Marine Life

Microplastics are merging with bacteria and turning into large clumps in sea water, scientists have discovered. 

Glue-like molecules emitted by bacteria - called biopolymers - join with the plastic particles to form large masses.

Scientists have warned that these 'complex' masses pose a threat to marine wildlife as they can easily mistake them for food.

They also warn that this clumping could divert the flow of food from the surface to the seafloor, potentially causing deep sea creatures to starve.


 
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Louisiana Health Officials Adding Chlorination Process in Water System - The Center for Disease Control (CDC) urges people to seek medical attention whenever they develop a sudden onset of fever, headache, stiff neck and vomiting, particularly if they have been in warm freshwater recently. Naegleria fowleri, a bain-eating amoeba has already killed at least two children this summer and has prompted health officials to chlorinate the water supply to kill the amoeba.


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