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Are microplastics bad for you? UN organisation sees no health risk for people yet 2019.09.18
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THE World Health Organisation (WHO, 世界衛生組織) recently said that the current levels of microplastic – very tiny pieces of plastic – in our drinking water, tap or bottled, are not bad for us yet. In fact, they are not doing much at all. But the WHO said scientists should definitely do further research on it.
The WHO pointed out that the human body usually does not absorb microplastics larger than 150 micrometres, though we might have taken in nanometre-sized plastics. But the situation has not been studied enough to know for sure.
The WHO said from what they see, the level of plastic in our bottled water is still low, but we should try to stop using so much plastic, which is bad for the environment and other smaller animals. It said, “Measures should be taken by policymakers and the public to better manage plastics and reduce the use of plastics where possible.”

(This article is published on Goodies on 18 September 2019)


1. definitely (adv)
    一定地

2. measure (n)
    措施

3. absorb (v)
    吸收

4. policymaker (n)
    政策制定者





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  1. 1. What kind of water is WHO worried about?
    A. Tap
    B. Bottled
    C. Both

  2. 2. What is the minimum size of plastic that the human body does not take in?
    A. 150 micrometres
    B. 150 millimetres
    C. 150 centimetres

  3. 3. What does the WHO think should be done?
    A. Ignore it
    B. Do more research
    C. Ban bottled water

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