Coronavirus: Hong Kong researchers discover masks could pollute over 54,000 Olympic pools worth of seawater

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  • City University lab study finds masks in ocean could take up to 1,000 years to decompose
  • Researcher warns residents to ‘properly dispose’ of facial coverings to prevent microplastic pollution
Period25 Dec 2021

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TitleCoronavirus: Hong Kong researchers discover masks could pollute over 54,000 Olympic pools worth of seawater
DescriptionCity University lab study finds masks in ocean could take up to 1,000 years to decompose
Researcher warns residents to ‘properly dispose’ of facial coverings to prevent microplastic pollution
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PlaceHong Kong
Degree of recognitionInternational
Media typeWeb
Date25/12/21
Linkhttps://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/3161020/coronavirus-hong-kong-researchers-discover-masks
TitleHong Kong researchers say COVID masks could pollute over 54,000 Olympic pools worth of oceans
DescriptionDiscarded surgical masks which fall into the sea could be releasing microplastics as they degrade, polluting an amount of water equal to 54,800 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Dr He Yuhe at City University's State Key Laboratory of Marine Pollution made the discovery after spotting discarded masks at local beaches, which have seen an influx of local visitors looking for weekend haunts amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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Media name/outletThe Korea Times
PlaceKorea, Republic of
Degree of recognitionNational
Media typeWeb
Date25/12/21
Linkhttps://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/world/2021/12/501_321143.html
TitleHK researchers discover masks could pollute over 54,000 Olympic pools worth of seawater
DescriptionDiscarded surgical masks which fall into the sea could be releasing microplastics as they degrade, polluting an amount of water equal to 54,800 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Dr He Yuhe at City University's State Key Laboratory of Marine Pollution made the discovery after spotting discarded masks at local beaches, which have seen an influx of local visitors looking for weekend haunts amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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Media name/outletABC-CBN News
PlacePhilippines
Degree of recognitionNational
Media typeWeb
Date25/12/21
Linkhttps://news.abs-cbn.com/spotlight/12/25/21/masks-could-pollute-over-54000-olympic-pools-worth-of-seawater