Microplastics found in snow in remotest Siberia, ‘risking health’ of humans and wildlife

Scientists are increasingly worried that microplastics pose a risk to human health and marine life, Jane Dalton writes

Siberian snow was contaminated with plastics
Siberian snow was contaminated with plastics

Microplastics have been found in snow in Siberia, one of the world’s remotest regions, in a sign of how far damaging human-made pollution has pervaded the environment.

Russian scientists are trying to understand the scale of the potential threat it is causing.

The experts at Tomsk State University found that snow polluted with the microplastics melts and seeps into the ground.

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