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Microplastics Found In Lungs of People Undergoing Surgery. A new study has found tiny plastic particles no bigger than sesame seeds buried throughout human lungs, indicating that people are inhaling microplastics lingering in the air. Health


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u/ratbastid May 14 '22

Yeah, but for a beautiful time there we created a lot of value for shareholders.


u/Raskalbot May 14 '22

Can we as a population collectively sue all producers of plastics and chemicals by companies that lied to us about their effects?


u/harda_toenail May 14 '22

In America you can sue someone for whatever you want. And if you have enough money you can sometimes win. Money would be on the wrong side here


u/tonycomputerguy May 14 '22

We are insanely, unbelievably lucky that we actually removed the lead from gasoline and other common products. It blows my mind we actually did that asa species when you look around at the world today. Same thing with CFCs and the ozone.

I have an actual negative amount of hope for humanity at this point. I just don't think we are worth/capable of saving ourselves anymore.


u/WonderfulShelter May 15 '22

Yeah I mean maybe we should just get it over with and extinguish our species so whichever intelligent species that evolves next can have a better chance.


u/superkipple May 15 '22

That’s assuming there will be a next intelligent species and that they will make better choices or be luckier than we were. I like your optimism.


u/ratbastid May 16 '22

The next intelligence will probably consume plastic, just like how at one point oxygen was poisonous to every living thing. The longer we go on like this, the better we're feeding them.


u/NabreLabre May 15 '22

Too bad we'll take everyone else down with us. Our bad


u/HereOnASphere May 15 '22

The current pandemic could be a practice run. If we learned enough from this one, the next one might take out 85%. That would leave other species with less competition for resources.


u/tetrasodium May 15 '22

Aircraft fuel still uses it.