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Hundreds of billions of pieces of plastic are floating in the once-pristine Arctic according to a new study – in a startling indication of how polluted the planet has become.
While most Arctic waters were found to have little plastic debris, researchers discovered two major ‘dead ends’ – in the Barents and Greenland seas – where plastic transported over thousands of miles by ocean currents has been gathering.
Other research has highlighted the dangers and the astonishing scale of the problem.
According to one estimate there will be more plastic pollution in the oceans than fish by 2050.