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The world is stuck with decades of new plastic it can’t recycle

Zoë Schlanger

Ants are useful creatures. As the most numerous insects on Earth, they have colonized nearly every habitat on land. So when a researcher wants to understand how far a contaminant has spread, they turn to ants. In 2012, a group of French researchers found phthalates in the body of every ant they sampled. Ants from…

 

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