Scientists find microplastics deep in Arctic ice

  • Thursday 15, August 2019 02:21 PM
Sharjah 24 – Reuters: Tiny pieces of plastic have been found in ice cores drilled in the Arctic by a U.S.-led team of scientists, underscoring the threat the growing form of pollution now poses to marine life in even the remotest waters on the planet. Lucy Fielder reports.
Scientists are calling this a punch in the gut.

They've found tiny bits of plastic deep in Arctic ice, showing the threat plastic pollution poses to marine life in some of the most remote waters on the planet.

A U.S.-led team of scientists found the micro-plastic in ice taken from Lancaster Sound - a stretch of the Canadian Arctic so isolated that they hoped it might be sheltered from pollution.

But there it was, beads and filaments of different sizes, surprising them with its abundance and scale.