Plastic waste by no means seriously breaks down. It just splits into tinier and tinier pieces till it becomes trillions of microscopic bits scattered across the globe. Microplastics are everywhere: In the air we breathe and the water we drink, atop the highest mountains and in the deepest components of the ocean. Microplastics are even coursing by way of our bloodstreams and sitting in our digestive systems. It’s a trouble we have only lately begun to have an understanding of, and are nevertheless attempting to figure out how to resolve.
This week on Gadget Lab, Matt Simon, WIRED climate writer and author of the new book A Poison Like No Other, joins us to speak about how microplastics became such a scourge and what—if anything—we can do about it.
Matt’s book A Poison Like No Other: How Microplastics Corrupted Our Planet and Our Bodies is out now. Read an excerpt of the book on WIRED. You can also obtain other Matt Simon stories about microplastics and the climate by browsing his author web page.
Matt recommends Derry Girls on Netflix. Lauren recommends a plastic or metal water bottle that you can use more than and more than once again. She likes the 32-ounce narrow mouth Nalgene bottle. Mike recommends bringing back Follow Friday on Twitter.
Matt Simon can be located on Twitter @mrMattSimon. Lauren Goode is @LaurenGoode. Michael Calore is @snackfight. Bling the principal hotline at @GadgetLab. The show is made by Boone Ashworth (@booneashworth). Our theme music is by Solar Keys.
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