The tiny particles have been linked with widespread environmental damage, as well as cancers and a range of adverse health impacts related to the lungs and heart.
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.
“Arctic biota are already under serious pressure from global heating, which progresses four times faster in the Arctic compared with the globe."
“It doesn’t take many virus particles to make you sick.”
“I think nanotechnology holds great promise for trace adsorption, collection, and detection of pollutants, improving intervention efficiency while reducing operating costs.”
In 11 out of 13 people sampled, a total of 39 microplastics were found in all regions of the lung.
"We've choked this planet with plastic, from the highest mountains to the deepest oceans—and we've no idea at all about costs for public health," said a British lawmaker.
Our addiction to plastic is having negative effects all along the food chain.
The research comes on the heels of other recent studies showing microplastics having a negative impact on human cells.
The study found that in slow-flowing stream headwaters—often located in remote, biodiverse regions—microplastics accumulated quicker and stayed longer than in faster flowing stretches of river.