Into the ‘plastisphere’: Scientists comb Japan waters to study new eco threat

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The planet’s seafloor is littered with an estimated 14 million tonnes of microplastics, according to a study released last year, and scientists say more research on them is urgently needed, including their effect on ecosystems, the food chain and human health.

So a team of French and Japanese researchers is analysing samples from the archipelago’s coastal waters to study how microplastics make their way into the sea, and how much seeps into the ocean floor.

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