10 Feb '18, 5pm

'Plastic in All Sizes' Found Everywhere in Once Pristine European Arctic

A disturbing amount of plastic is building up in the once-pristine European Arctic . According to a study from the Norwegian Polar Institute , "plastic in all sizes" can be found throughout the Norwegian Arctic and in the Svalbard islands, an archipelago between Norway's mainland and the North Pole that's also one of Earth's northernmost inhabited areas. The researchers estimated that nearly 194 trash objects—mostly plastic—can be found per square kilometer in the region, and weighs a total of 79,000 tonnes. As ABC.net reported from the study, "even in remote areas with relatively low human impact, it says the concentration of plastic waste in the European Arctic is now comparable or even higher than in more urban and populated areas." The researchers are most concerned about the amount of microplastics in the sea, said scientist Ingeborg G. Hallanger, who is urging for mo...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/arctic-plastic-pollution-2532782...

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