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New Study Shows Plastic Pollution Building Up in Arctic Waters

Source: Phys.org/Science Advances - April 21, 2017 in Environment

New Study Shows Plastic Pollution Building Up in Arctic Waters
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Even though few people live in the Artic, some seas in the region are heavily polluted with plastic because of an Atlantic ocean current which dumps debris there, researchers said Wednesday.

Scientists aboard the globe traveling French schooner, Tara, in 2013 were surprised to find the seas east of Greenland and north of Scandinavia are a dead-end for plastics, said the report in the journal Science Advances.

The findings “stress the importance of properly managing litter at its source, because once it enters the ocean, its destination can be unpredictable,” said the report.

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