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A new study finds microplastic pollution in human testicles. Scientists say the discovery may be linked to decades-long decline in sperm counts in men around the world.

They tested 23 human testes, as well as 47 testes from pet dogs and found microplastic pollution in every sample.

Sperm counts in men have been falling for decades, with chemical pollution such as pesticides implicated by many studies. Microplastics have also recently been discovered in human blood, placentas and breast milk, indicating widespread contamination of people’s bodies. The full impact on health is as yet unknown but microplastics have been shown to cause damage to human cells in the laboratory.

Scary stuff, let us know what you think in the comments below ⬇️ 

#humanpollution #microplastics #plasticpollution #newstudy #pollutionresearch
Sunshine + water sports + Planet Patrol = fun times and a very nice day out. ☀️ 

Who’s in and wants to make a tangible difference to our environment? 🙌

Join us for a paddleboarding clean up on a waterway near you this summer!

Whether you’re a pro or complete beginner, everyone is welcome and all the kit is provided. All you need to do is turn up and get stuck in.

After the clean up we’ll head back to base to record all of our findings in the Planet Patrol app to gather vital evidence and hold big polluters to account.

Upcoming events with spots available:
Esslingen, Germany - 31st May
Southampton - 1st June
Liverpool - 4th June
New Jersey, US - 8th June
Braehead - 8th June
Saltash - 9th June
Human faeces in our rivers is putting the public in danger and the risk will only increase without action, the UK’s top engineers and scientists have warned in a new report led by the Royal Academy of Engineering. 

It’s called for an upgrade of the UK’s sewage system and more widespread testing of the country’s waterways.

And Prof Chris Whitty - England’s chief medical officer - said it was a “public health priority as well as an environmental one”, so it’s time to pay attention. 

The report also recommends that any data from more regular testing of the rivers should be made available to the public so they can keep themselves safe - something we at Planet Patrol are already  doing, but we need government to step up and support, not just focus on designated bathing sites.
We’re excited to be partnering with @decathlonuk and @british.canoeing and invite you to be part of the Big Paddle Cleanup 2024.

Come and join our founder, @lizzie_outside at one of three official event locations for a fun day of stand up paddleboarding, cleaning up, water testing and record your findings in the Planet Patrol app to make a tangible difference in our shared environment!

LONDON - Saturday 25th May (paddleboarding SOLD OUT) - land litter pick spaces still available

SOUTHAMPTON - Saturday 1st June selling fast

BRAEHEAD - Saturday 8th June selling fast

Places are limited, sign up now to secure your spot!
Don’t miss @c4dispatches tonight at 8pm to find out who was the biggest polluting brand in 2023 and consecutively for the last five years, as @ellieflynnn and our founder @lizzie_outside chat about #cocacolasdirtysecrets!

2023 Litter Report coming soon, sign up now via our website to be the first to get all the juicy deets.

#data #environmentaldata #litterdata #cocacola #citizenscience #peoplepowereddata #c4dispatches
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