Scientists uncover new ocean threat from plastics

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Waste plastic ocean toxines

Pollution marine au Liban. Les déchets plastiques ne sont pas seulement disgracieux, ils sont aussi toxiques lorsqu’ils se décomposent. © AFP PHOTO/HO

Scientists have identified a new source of chemical pollution released by the huge amounts of plastic rubbish found floating in the oceans of the world. A study has found that as plastics break down in the sea they release potentially toxic substances not found in nature and which could affect the growth and development of marine organisms.

The Independent.

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