Microplastics Reach Antarctic's Wilderness
According to Greenpeace’s new scientific report, traces of microplastics and hazardous fluorinated chemicals have been discovered in the Antarctic. Research was conducted by Greenpeace scientists, who collected samples from Antarctic’s waters and snow. The findings were quite unpleasant: seven out of eight samples from water contained microplastics, with at least one microplastic fibre per litre. All the samples from snow contained detectable amounts of per- and polyfluorinated alkylated substances (PFAS), which degrade in nature very slowly. Both microplastics and PFASs are man-made materials, which contaminate water bodies and cause harm to aquatic organisms.
“Plastic has now been found in all corners of our oceans, from the Antarctic to the Arctic and at the deepest point of the ocean, the Mariana Trench. We need urgent action to reduce the flow of plastic into our seas and we need large scale marine reserves – like a huge Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary which over 1.6 million people are calling for – to protect marine life and our oceans for future generations.” Says Frida Bengtsson, a senior oceans campaigner at Greenpeace Nordic.
You can find the official press release here.