The seas around Antarctica are now being polluted by plastic which has drifted from a large number of miles away, research finds.

Local causes of plastic pollution would take into account only 500kg, a fifth of the amount, according to…

The study team analysed samples taken at various locations, including round the South Shetland Islands close to the Antarctic peninsula, and located pollution levels equal to 2,500kg of plastic particles entering the Southern Sea previously decade.

Antarctica was regarded as protected against plastic pollution with a strong circumpolar current that flows clockwise round the continent. However, scientists have discovered amounts of small plastic particles five occasions greater than might have originate from any nearby supply of pollution, for example polar tourism, fishing and research stations.

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