Microplastics plague Arctic region

04 Sep 2022  |   05:58am IST
In recent years, the contamination of our oceans with plastic debris is a problem of growing environmental concern. Every year, around 8 to 12 million tons of plastic enter the ocean as marine debris by mishandling of waste in the coastline areas. Now scientists from Goas scientific institution National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR) in a study have found large quantity of plastic debris at the west coast of Spitsbergen, part of Norway, in the Arctic Ocean. SHASHWAT GUPTA RAY finds out the essence of the study and future implications on the ecology of Arctic region due to pollution caused by plastic debris

The climate change phenomenon is now posing a new challenge. While the melting of glaciers caused by global warming is resulting in increase in sea level and extreme weather events, it has also increased human activity in the Polar region like commercial shipping traffic, fishing activity, influx of tourists amongst others. All this is leading to the menace of marine microplastic pollution in the pristine polar areas. 

Now, a study done by scientists from National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR) Goa has now found presence of microplastics in the Arctic region, caused by increased human activities. This poses a huge threat to marine and human life by entering human food chain through marine organisms like fishes.

The findings of the study have been published in the Marine Pollution Bulletin journal.

Microplastic pollution has ....

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