An Inconvenient Truth from Gregg Treinish: “90 Percent of Every Liter of Water on Earth Has Plastic In It”

Gregg Treinish, the 35-year-old founder of Adventure Scientists (ASC) has been busy since we named him one of the 50 Most Adventurous Men in 2015. Last year, Treinish went to Uganda to visit with mountain gorillas for Conservation Through Public Health, which is working to prevent human diseases from being transmitted to the dwindling population of the endangered primates. In April, he was named a finalist for the latest TED Fellowship. This year, Treinish is gearing up for the birth of his first child, due in June, and has been maintaining focus on a serious, yet poorly understood, threat to the global environment: marine and freshwater micro-plastic pollution. Over the past four years, trained volunteers have collected over 2,400 water samples from around the world and delivered them to ASC, which tested them for the presence of micro-plastics. The group found minute plastic particles and fibers in 74 percent of those samples, including 86 percent of the marine samples. We recently caught up with Treinish to talk about the prevalence of plastic in wild places.

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An Inconvenient Truth from Gregg Treinish: “90 Percent of Every Liter of Water on Earth Has Plastic In It”

Gregg Treinish, the 35-year-old founder of Adventure Scientists (ASC) has been busy since we named him one of the 50 Most Adventurous Men in 2015. Last year, Treinish went to Uganda to visit with mountain gorillas for Conservation Through Public Health, which is working to prevent human diseases from being transmitted to the dwindling population of the endangered primates. In April, he was named a finalist for the latest TED Fellowship. This year, Treinish is gearing up for the birth of his first child, due in June, and has been maintaining focus on a serious, yet poorly understood, threat to the global environment: marine and freshwater micro-plastic pollution. Over the past four years, trained volunteers have collected over 2,400 water samples from around the world and delivered them to ASC, which tested them for the presence of micro-plastics. The group found minute plastic particles and fibers in 74 percent of those samples, including 86 percent of the marine samples. We recently caught up with Treinish to talk about the prevalence of plastic in wild places.

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