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Plastic litter in the European Arctic: What do we know?

Halsband-Lenk, Claudia; Herzke, Dorte


Tidsskrift: Emerging Contaminants, vol. 5, 308–318, 2019
DOI: 10.1016/j.emcon.2019.11.001
Lenke: Institusjonsarkiv

Sammendrag: Despite an exponential increase in available data on marine plastic debris globally, information on levels and trends of plastic pollution and especially microplastics in the Arctic remains scarce. The few available peer-reviewed scientific works, however, point to a ubiquitous distribution of plastic particles in all environmental compartments, including sea ice. Here, we review the current state of knowledge on the sources, distribution, transport pathways and fate of meso- and microplastics with a focus on the European Arctic and discuss observed and projected impacts on biota and ecosystems.