A helicopter from the Swedish icebreaker Oden lands on an ice floe to pick up crew members involved in the retrieval of a scientific acoustic recorder containing valuable data on Arctic marine life movements in the Canadian Arctic on July 25. Earlier this month, a US-led team of scientists found tiny pieces of plastic in ice cores drilled in the Arctic. Photo: Inner Space Centre via Reuters

If plastic pollution has been transported to the Arctic by air, we have no time to lose

Topic |   Environment

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A helicopter from the Swedish icebreaker Oden lands on an ice floe to pick up crew members involved in the retrieval of a scientific acoustic recorder containing valuable data on Arctic marine life movements in the Canadian Arctic on July 25. Earlier this month, a US-led team of scientists found tiny pieces of plastic in ice cores drilled in the Arctic. Photo: Inner Space Centre via Reuters
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Samples of microplastics collected from the seas around Hong Kong last year. Photo: Nora Tam

Drinking microplastics is fine as far as we know, World Health Organisation says

  • It said people have inadvertently consumed microplastics and other particles found in the environment for decades without sign of harm
  • The report acknowledged, however, that more research is needed into the effects of consuming tiny particles of plastic on human health
Topic |   World Health Organisation

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Samples of microplastics collected from the seas around Hong Kong last year. Photo: Nora Tam
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