Until recently there was little data documenting the spread of marine litter in the Arctic Ocean. Researchers with the Alfred Wegener Institute have established that it's become a dead end for plastics.
Microplastics locked up in the Arctic will be re-released into the world's oceans as climate change melts sea ice. Such plastic pollution could have broad consequences for marine — and human — life.
New data collected in a round-the-world boat race has shown microplastics are in more of our planet's oceans than previously thought. What can we do to stop their spread?
Five of the G7 nations, without the US and Japan, have agreed to an ocean plastics charter. But will such non-binding measures be enough for the world's industrialized countries to beat plastic pollution together?
Pollutants in the deepest part of the ocean, increasing litter on the remote Arctic seabed and a sad image showing a turtle entangled in a plastic fishernet. It is high time to tackle marine pollution.
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