Ocean ‘conveyor belt’ brings billions of plastic particles into Arctic waters

The Extinction Chronicles

The seafloor has become ‘the great reservoir of plastic debris’

By Laura Wright, CBC News <http://www.cbc.ca/news/cbc-news-online-news-staff-list-1.1294364> Posted: Apr 21, 2017 2:06 PM ET Last Updated: Apr 21, 2017 3:11 PM ET

An ocean current is acting as a kind of conveyor belt leading billions of bits of plastic to a dead end in the Arctic, according to new research published in the journal Science Advances.

A team of scientists, led by Andres Cozar from the University of Cadiz in Spain, found hundreds of thousands of tiny pieces of plastic per square kilometre in parts of the Barents and Greenland seas.

Past research has found that there are more than five trillion pieces of plastic in the world’s oceans. About three per cent (or several billion bits) of it ends up in the Arctic.

For this research, Cozar and his team used 17,000 satellite buoys to track the movement…

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3 thoughts on “Ocean ‘conveyor belt’ brings billions of plastic particles into Arctic waters

  1. And people are carrying on about climate change, when there’s so much that is wrong. We can’t even dispose of our rubbish properly, the world over.

    Here’s another dismaying thing – the worse the conditions in our environment get and the more people there are, the more we keep pushing. An article from the HSUS about Japan adding two more whale and dolphin species to their brutal hunts. But by all means, let’s continue the boondoggle trips to discuss climate change while eating Nutella (with rain forest destroying palm oil as an ingredient), and ‘smaller steaks’ :


  2. Just reviewed the HSUS article, which is another step toward massive Human-Caused Extinctions. “The Plastic Planet” (which I’m starting to write) is already in motion. I am so sorry, for what is happening. Things are moving faster now that any of us imagined, are they not?

    Jim, my 1st installment of the Plastic Planet will be the “introduction” with mention of these atrocities as listed above. I hope to get it to you soon, as promised.


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