Arctic Newswire: ‘Garbage patches’ of marine plastic have reached the Arctic Ocean – 10/26/15

Arctic Newswire

October 26, 2015

By Irene Quaile, Deutsche Welle
There are a lot of things you might want to discover on a research cruise in the Arctic.

Chunks of plastic floating around are not among them. But that is just what biologist Melanie Bergmann and her colleagues from the Alfred-Wegener-Institute and the Belgian Laboratory for Polar Ecology repeatedly did find while they were cruising through the Fram Strait, between Greenland and Svalbard.

They have just published a study documenting that plastic garbage has even reached the far north of the planet. In the online portal of the magazine Polar Biology, they describe how they found plastic waste floating on the surface of the ocean. READ MORE…

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