He peers into Browne’s microscope at a sample from Finland. A lone green fiber, probably from a plant, lies across three bright blue threads that probably aren’t. He perches on the countertop, hooking his hiking boots around a lab stool.
“Think of it this way. Suppose all human activity ceased tomorrow, and suddenly there’s no one to produce plastic anymore. Just from what’s already present, given how we see it fragmenting, organisms will be dealing with this stuff indefinitely. Thousands of years, possibly. Or more.”
From The World Without Us published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. copyright 2007 by Alan Weisman. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
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