Posted March 16, 2019 05:15:37 Plastic debris is now a major health hazard and can be deadly, a study says.
Plastic debris from household items, restaurants and even cars, used as a decorative element in buildings and other surfaces, has long been a concern.
But research conducted by researchers at the University of Sydney and The Australian National University suggests that plastic is now the top cause of death from cancer in Australia.
While plastic pollution can kill humans, it is also lethal to the environment, according to the study.
Plastic can be ingested or inhaled, and can spread to other parts of the body, according the study published in the peer-reviewed Journal of the American Medical Association.
This can lead to cancer and other health problems in humans.
Researchers used data from a national census conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics between 2002 and 2012 to determine the number of deaths due to plastic debris, including cancers, as well as injuries and deaths due other causes.
The findings of the study have been featured in an upcoming issue of The Australian.
Plastic is a common source of pollution worldwide, according The International Environmental Research Association (IERA).
While some countries such as the United States and Japan have tried to reduce plastic pollution, many other countries are still producing more than the required amount of the plastic to meet international environmental standards.
In Australia, the study found that the country’s plastic emissions were the second-highest in the world, behind China.
However, the research team says that the nation has made significant progress over the last decade in reducing plastic pollution from residential areas, but there are still significant challenges to reduce.
“We’ve been able to reduce pollution levels by over a third in the last five years, but the problem of plastic pollution continues to grow,” lead author of the report, Professor Alan C. Smith from the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, said.
“Our findings highlight the urgent need to develop new methods to reduce the number and size of plastic waste streams in Australia.”
Researchers looked at the data collected by the ABS in 2002, which recorded the number, composition and amount of plastic particles found in the air and soil.
The data also provided a measure of the level of plastic debris in the environment.
The ABS data indicated that the amount of pollution from household objects was the third highest in Australia, after cars and furniture.
The study also looked at data collected in 2010, when Australia introduced legislation to remove plastic waste from public parks and beaches.
The legislation has been lauded by environmental groups, and has resulted in the removal of more than 5.5 million tons of plastic from the environment since 2010.
The number of plastic objects removed from the land each year has fallen by more than a third since 2010, but it is still a high figure.
The paper notes that while Australia has reduced the number in the past five years from a high of 3.8 million tons to a low of 2.3 million tons, it still has more plastic debris than it was in 2000.