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Arctic Council eyes action plan to reduce Arctic marine litter, microplastics – Nunatsiaq News

by ahnationtalk on August 30, 2018771 Views

August 30, 2018

“Inuit communities can be a part of the solutions in prevention and cleanup”

The Arctic Council intends to turn its attention to the marine litter and microplastics found around the circumpolar world.

It’s developing a project that will see its eight member governments co-operate to reduce the negative effects of marine litter on the Arctic marine environment and prevent marine litter pollution in the Arctic.

The project will include efforts, such as beach cleanups, to remove existing marine litter.

And the project will look at how the cold influences the breakdown of plastic and the socio-economic impact of marine litter. This research will probably inform a publication on marine litter, similar to the organization’s Arctic marine shipping assessment.

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