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Plastic Waste Fouls Sweden's Coast

Published tisdag 28 juli 2009 kl 11.16
Many swim in Sweden's waters during the summer

Scientists are shocked by the amount of plastic waste discovered along Sweden's coasts. The plastic can be toxic and there are fears that it will find its way into the food chain and affect plankton and the fish that feed on them.

The early results released on Tuesday, from a study carried out by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, show that plastic particles and fibers are present at a level of 10,000 per cubic meter, compared with earlier studies in other areas of the sea which indicated only around 20 particles per cubic meter.

One reason for the greater amount of plastic just found could be the much finer filters that were used in this study.

The source of the plastic is still unclear, but researchers say that some surely comes from wear and tear on car tyres, while much is from synthetic clothing fibers.

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