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Record concentration of microplastics found in Arctic

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Oceans plastic pollution has just set a new record, and it is not a pretty one. Scientists found a record amount of microplastics trapped in the Arctic ice, raising even more concerns, if at all possible, about plastic pollution and the consequences it has on marine and human health.

The levels of microplastics found in the Arctic sea ice are three times higher than previously recorded: up to 12,000 microparticles of plastics were found per single litre. That means that, although it is not clearly visible, the plastics concentrated in the Arctic Ocean is way higher than the one in the great Pacific garbage patch.

Marine animals living in the Arctic ocean are swimming in a plastic soup and eating it too. When the ice melts, tons of microparticles of plastics are being released into the oceans.

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