Microplastics Are Falling Along With Snow in the Arctic

A research team, led by the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, recently returning from a groundbreaking, 18-day expedition aboard the Swedish Icebreaker Oden has made a discovery related to plastics in the Arctic Ocean. The team, traveling as part of the National Science Foundation funded Northwest Passage Project (NPP) to investigate the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, discovered a variety of plastics in the sea ice cores collected from floes in the Passage. The team of natural and social scientists, supported by 25 post-secondary students from the U.S. and Canada, were collecting water, ice and air samples as part of the NPP to better understand the impact of climate change on the Arctic environment and biological diversity in the Passage. Over the next few months, the scientists will be analyzing the wealth of samples and data they collected at sea.

Microplastics Are Falling Along With Snow in the Arctic

Frigid terrain on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, where researchers recently documented microplastic pollution in falling snow. (Credit: Sejsejlija/Shutterstock) When it snows in the ...

Fri 16 Aug 19 from Discover Magazine

Scientists discover abundance of plastic built up in sea ice collected in the Arctic's Northwest Passage

A research team, led by the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, recently returning from a groundbreaking, 18-day expedition aboard the Swedish Icebreaker Oden has made ...

Thu 15 Aug 19 from Phys.org

Arctic snowfall found to carry tiny fragments of plastic

One particularly disconcerting consequence of our huge plastic pollution problem is that we really have no idea where the stuff can end up. The latest locale to surprise scientists looking ...

Thu 15 Aug 19 from Gizmag

Microplastics in the Arctic and the Alps may have blown in on the wind

Microplastics have been found in the snow in remote areas, and they may have drifted in on the wind, raising questions about how much plastic we are inhaling

Wed 14 Aug 19 from Newscientist

Plastic particles falling out of sky with snow in Arctic

Even in the Arctic, microscopic particles of plastic are falling out of the sky with snow, a study has found.

Wed 14 Aug 19 from BBC News

Microplastic drifting down with the snow

Over the past several years, microplastic particles have repeatedly been detected in seawater, drinking water, and even in animals. But these minute particles are also transported by the atmosphere ...

Wed 14 Aug 19 from Phys.org

Microplastic in drinking water found to pose little risk to humans

Most particles pass through human gut, World Health Organization says

Wed 21 Aug 19 from CandEN

Plastic particles in drinking water present 'low' risk: WHO

Microplastics contained in drinking water pose a "low" risk to human health at current levels, but more research is needed to reassure consumers, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on ...

Wed 21 Aug 19 from Reuters

Microplastics are now snowing over the Arctic

There's no place spared from our pollution when it falls from the sky.

Fri 16 Aug 19 from ZME Science

Scientists identify a new source of air pollution — tiny shreds of microplastic

Tiny shreds of microplastic – which may contain varnish, rubber, or toxic chemicals – cause significant air pollution, both on land and over the seas.

Thu 15 Aug 19 from L.A. Times

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