是时候停止释放气球了

当气球回到地球时,他们总是成为垃圾。Mapa Melvin / Shutterstock

当人们用气球庆祝时,生日派对和毕业是常见的,往往将它们释放到天空中。但是,那些塑料气球会出现何处放气?他们最终在哪里?

For years, many environmental groups have pushed for mass balloon releases to be banned, saying that balloon pieces and strings are dangerous to wildlife.

“他们只是对野生动物的严重威胁只是因为它们是色彩缤纷的和明亮的,所以野生动物可能将它们误认为是食物,而且弦可以缠绕在他们的身体上,使他们难以游泳或呼吸,”艾玛调整,通信和外展难以游泳或呼吸“国家海洋和大气管理专家,今天告诉美国

然而仍然发生了释放。加利福尼亚州文图拉新教堂的开放标志着数百个气球的释放,赢得了Mayor Matt Lavere的愤怒,谁告诉CNN.“...... ......我们不会争取这种关于我们环境和动物生活的攻击。”

有很多证据表明他的环境“突击”标签毫不夸张。

Researchers in Australia analyzed the effects that soft plastics like balloons have on seabirds. They discovered that soft plastics are more likely than hard plastics to cause obstructions in seabirds' gastrointestinal tracts. Of the birds examined, nearly one out of five died as a result of ingesting a balloon or balloon pieces.

“如果海鸟吃塑料,他们的死亡风险增加,甚至单件可能是致命的,”写道牵头研究作者Lauren Roman,塔斯马尼亚大学的博士生。“证据清楚,如果我们想阻止海鸟从塑料摄入中死亡,我们需要减少或去除环境,特别是气球的海洋碎片。”

balloons on tree branch, danger to birds and animals
气球不应该在这里。 Valechek / Shutterstock.

国家和城市采取立场

Several states have already cracked down on large balloon releases. California, Connecticut, Florida, Tennessee and Virginia have banned them while other states have similar bills under consideration. In Florida, all balloons are banned from Palm Beach County beaches and public parks.

克莱姆森大学还决定在足球比赛期间结束其释放高达10,000个气球的传统。一个Rhode Island镇新的Shoreham,进一步逐步禁止出售,使用和分配气球。

“气球构成中的风险和麻烦ent, particularly to wildlife and marine animals. Anyone who walks the beach or spends time on the water has seen that balloons have become common in the local marine ecosystem," according to关于镇网站的陈述

Kenneth Lacoste, first warden of the town council,告诉CNN.“我们非常关心环境。有很多信息,损害了气球对野生动物做的损害。”

Lacoste说气球经常在镇上的水中发现。12月,镇上投票禁止大多数单用塑料袋,同样有原因。他说,气球法案基本上是提前立法的后续行动。

许多其他城市禁止释放气球,包括大西洋城,新泽西州,南非和山顶和马萨诸塞州省。其他地方正在考虑他们有规范可以立即发布的气球数量的法律。该list of places with some type of ban不断变化。

环保替代气球

五颜六色的风车
Pinwheels can be just as colorful as balloons, but can be used over and over again. otota dana [cc by 2.0] / flickr

气球打击,一个非营利组织,致力于教育人们对释放气球的危险可以拥有动物,人民和环境的危险。该集团指出,所有释放的气球都作为垃圾返回地面。像鸟类,鲸鱼和海龟一样的动物可以在吞咽气球后死亡。MYLAR /箔气球会导致停电和火花火灾。加,helium is a nonrenewable resource

本集团建议environmentally friendly alternatives to balloons, including banners, pinwheels and wildflower seed bombs.