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Microplastics: A global disaster in the Arctic Ocean - newly launched IUCN research project

Microplastics: A global disaster in the Arctic Ocean 29 January 2016 | News story Microplastics pollution in the Arctic and its effects on ecosystems, human health and ice formation and melting are the subject of a newly launched IUCN research project. The pioneering project aims to assess the origins of microplastics and the effects of plastic ingestion on marine life as well as food safety consequences for humans. It will also analyse the physical and chemical impacts of microplastic presence in Arctic sea ice, including how it may affect formation and melting of ice. With this information in hand, IUCN will provide recommendations to governments, industries, local communities and civil society to design mitigation solutions. Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI) has offered to provide help from technical experts and access to their research vessel, Araon, the largest r...

Full article: http://www.iucn.org/?22419

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