28 Sep 2012
Plastic pollution invades the last frontier
It was thought of as one of the last remaining pristine ecosystems on the planet, but European researchers have found a disturbing amount of plastics pollution in the Antarctic.
They say the level of plastic pollution is so high that toxins are being absorbed by fish and making their way into the human food chain.
For two years the French scientific vessel, Tara, sailed the globe using specialised nets to trawl for tiny pieces of plastic. The expedition was to "take the pulse" of the ocean at the start of the 21st century and the scientists on board are horrified by what they found.
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