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Plastic pollution builds up in Arctic waters

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Health Desk—April 21, 2017: Researchers on Wednesday said though few people live in the Artic, some seas in the region are heavily polluted with plastic because of an Atlantic ocean current which dumps debris there.

Scientists aboard the globe traveling French schooner, Tara, in 2013 were surprised to find the seas east of Greenland and north of Scandinavia are a dead-end for plastics, said the report in the journal Science Advances.

The findings "stress the importance of properly managing plastic litter at its source, because once it enters the ocean, its destination can be unpredictable," the report reads.