April 20, 2017
Hundreds of tonnes of plastic are cluttering the once pristine Arctic Ocean and doing great damage to the planet, a new report has found.
On top of the danger of fish and other wildlife swallowing the plastic, the material contains toxic chemicals that leak into the ocean.
These toxins can attract other chemicals in the water to create concentrated hot spots of deadly waste.
‘The total load of floating plastic for the ice-free waters of the Arctic Ocean was estimated to range from around 100 to 1200 tons, with 400 tons composed of an estimated 300 billion plastic items as a mid-range estimate,’ the authors wrote in their study.
‘The fragmentation and typology of the plastic suggested an abundant presence of aged debris that originated from distant sources.’
The researchers claims that the Arctic is a ‘dead end’ for floating plastic waste dumped in the Atlantic Ocean off Europe and the United States.
This article was posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 7:47 am