"You can't imagine how thin the atmosphere is when you see it from space," he said.
The medical waste was first reported along the state's coastline over the weekend, and has continued to cause public safety issues.
Exposure to meth can cause brown trout to experience withdrawal symptoms, and can hinder a trout's ability to find food or a mate.
"The results from our research have major implications for the field of plastic sustainability and demonstrate the power of synthetic biology to address real-world challenges," said the study's first author Joanna Sadler.
Experts warn that the situation will also continue to get worse as a result of climate change.
"This tragic incident—inundating beaches on the west coast of Sri Lanka with tonnes of microplastics—will have immediate and long-term effects on this coastal ecosystem," the World Wildlife Fund told Newsweek on Thursday.
One expert said the pellets, known as nurdles, "will persist in the marine environment forever as they are not biodegradable."
"The ship has dealt a death blow to our lives. We can't go into the sea, which means we can't make a living," Joshua Anthony, head of a region fishing union.
The large mammals, known as sea cows, rely on sea grass as a food source. But scientists think human activity is destroying this vital vegetation.
A Cuvier's beaked whale found washed up on a beach in France died after eating 16kg of plastic waste.
A study found levels of arsenic and uranium in private wells at concentrations higher than the Environmental Protection Agency's drinking water standards.
Increased amounts of abandoned dog waste in the area prompted one local organization to come up with an unusual solution.
The dogs found in Dzerzhinsk, Russia, have been placed under observation for a week after they were seen wandering near a disused factory.
The car-making industry has found itself split amid a legal dispute over air pollution standards between those that support Donald Trump and those that don't.
California wants to uphold an Obama-era policy that requires automakers to produce vehicles that can hit 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, but the Trump administration wants to ease the standard to 37 miles per gallon.
A referendum is about be held on whether to change how Bern regulates companies operating abroad, with far-reaching implications for climate change and human rights.
Scientists have discovered polluted air has an impact on the health of babies while they are still in the womb.
Russia's emergencies ministry is investigating the cause of the deaths of marine animals in the region.
Vacaville faces very unhealthy levels of air pollution as wildfires burn across the region, producing heavy smoke.
The cumulative amount of plastic in the ocean by 2040 could reach 600 million tons, according to a report.
Nornickel is already being investigated for a 20,000-metric ton oil spill last month that activists say has destroyed sea life near Norilsk.
Mercury is a potent neurotoxin that can lead to neurological damage.
The author's of the assessment say cleaner air is also responsible for fewer work absences and premature births.
Some in the plastics industry have seized on the pandemic to argue the push for reusable materials was misguided and unhygienic. That's simply not the case.
Scientists, religious leaders and entrepreneurs are calling to "flatten the curve" of climate change's negative effects, as the COVID-19 lockdown has seen air quality skyrocket and industrial pollution decline.
Researchers compared LEGO bricks that have washed up to pristine sets from the 1970s and 1980s to calculate their lifespan.
Plastic covered in algae and micro-organisms could be releasing a smell that encourages sea turtles to mistake it for food.
Scientists analyzed a core sample taken from the Dasuopu glacier on Shishapangma, the world's 14th highest mountain.