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2020-08-25

High concentrations of plastic hidden beneath the surface of the Atlantic Ocean

A new research article published on Nature raises the alert on plastic pollution in the Atlantic marine environment. The study shows that the 11.6–21.1 Million Tonnes of the three most-littered plastics (polyethylene, polypropylene, and polystyrene) within the 32–651 µm size-class float in the top 200 m of the Atlantic Ocean.

Considering that plastics of other sizes and polymer types will be found in the deeper ocean and in the sediments, the research indicates that both inputs and stocks of ocean plastics are much higher than determined since 1950. It is thus critical to assess these terms across all size categories and polymer groups to determine the fate and danger of plastic contamination. 

Read the full article at https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-17932-9