Oct 29, 2012

Plastic litter on Arctic Ocean floor doubled in 10 years: Researcher - thestar.com

The amount of plastic bags and other litter on parts of the Arctic Ocean floor has doubled since 2002, according to images gathered off the coast of Greenland.

“There’s a lot going around and there will be more because we produce more plastic — 230 million tonnes of plastic produced every year, that’s the current estimate. Ten per cent of this goes into the sea,” researcher Melanie Bergmann told the Toronto Star.

Bergmann released her findings in a study published by the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin. Bergmann analyzed more than 2,000 photographs taken by underwater cameras positioned about 2.5 kilometres under the water’s surface.

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