Plastic waste is building up in the supposedly pristine wilderness of the Norwegian Arctic, scientists say.Researchers are particularly concerned about huge concentrations of microplastic fragments in sea ice.They say they’ve found plastic litter almost everywhere in the Arctic they have looked.Norwegian fishermen are worried that their fish stocks may lose their reputation for being untouched by pollution.Most of the large plastic waste there comes from discarded fishing gear.And boat owners admit it will take hundreds of years to overcome a few reckless decades of using the sea as a dump.Norway’s environment minister says politicians in the past haven’t fully registered the extent of the problem.A synthesis report from the Norwegian Polar Institute to the recent Arctic Frontiers conference in Tromsø says there’s a great need for more research into the extent of possible harm from plastic.It says effects have been monitored so far on zooplankton, invertebrates, fish, seabirds, and mammals.Research shows that up to 234 particles have been found concentrated into just one litre of melted Arctic sea ice. That’s much higher than in the open ocean.Researchers explain that sea ice forms from the top. By unfortunate coincidence, plastic particles also float at the surface, so they get bonded into… Read full this story
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