Scientists found microplastic particles were about 10 times higher in the algae samples than the surrounding waters, which they are now equating with microplastics found in the deep sea.
This leaves the state agency, Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, as the only remaining lease holder in the refuge.
"What happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic."
Regardless of their origin, Arctic aerosols will definitely play a role in the future of climate change.
Recent research suggests they directly impact weather and temperature and may be influencing changes in Arctic climate and biodiversity.
The Biden administration will revert to "a 2013 Obama administration plan issued that protected about half of the reserve."
The new findings are an example of how the impacts of the climate crisis build on each other.
"Until the leases are canceled, they will remain a threat to one of the wildest places left in America."
While welcoming the win, activists vowed to continue fighting against destructive oil and gas extraction in the region.