How Trash Polluted the Arctic Even Though Few People Live There

Credit: NASAAdd the remote North to the spots where the world’s plastic trash ends up floating. A multinational expedition that skimmed the Arctic Ocean in 2013 found plastic “was abundant and widespread” in waters east of Greenland in the Barents Sea, off northern Russia and Scandinavia. In some parts of those waters, they found hundreds of thousands of pieces of plastic per square kilometer of surface, the researchers reported this week.   “The growing level of human activity in an increasingly warm and ice-free Arctic, with wider open areas available for the spread of microplastics, suggests that high loads of marine plastic pollution may become prevalent in the Arctic in the future,” the researchers warned.    The findings were published today in the journal Science Advances. The research team included scientists from Spain, Denmark, Britain, the United States, Japan, France, the Netherlands, and Saudi Arabia.   Nearly all the plastic was concentrated in the

How Trash Polluted the Arctic Even Though Few People Live There

Researchers say problem could get worse as Arctic ice continues to melt

Thu 20 Apr 17 from TIME

Plastic pollution builds up in Arctic waters: study

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Wed 19 Apr 17 from Phys.org

The Arctic Ocean May Soon Have Its Very Own 'Garbage Patch'

An Arctic Ocean expedition found plastic "was abundant and widespread" in the waters east of Greenland in the Barents Sea, off the coasts of northern Russia and Scandinavia.

Thu 20 Apr 17 from Livescience

The Arctic Ocean May Soon Have Its Very Own ‘Garbage Patch’, Wed 19 Apr 17 from Discovery News

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Thu 20 Apr 17 from Daily Mail

New plastic garbage patch discovered in Arctic Ocean

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch isn't the only place where plastic pollution is gathering in the world's oceans. An international team of scientists from 12 institutions in eight countries recently ...

Thu 20 Apr 17 from Inhabitat

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