Plastic pollution is seeping into the Arctic, here's how we can prevent it

Arctic plastic pollution is increasing, with local and global implications. Image: Annie Spratt/Unsplash

Halla Hrund Logadottir

Co-Founder and Co-Director, Arctic Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Katie Segal

Research Assistant, Arctic Initiative and Louis Bacon Environmental Leadership Student Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School of Government


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Cumulative plastic waste generation and disposal (in million metric tons).
Cumulative global plastic waste generation and disposal (in million metric tons). Solid lines show historical data from 1950 to 2015; dashed lines show projections of historical trends to 2050. Image: ScienceAdvances
Plastic bioaccumulation in the food web.
Image: Springer Nature via UN Environment

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