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    Plastic waste’s journey into the Arctic region

    ENVIRONMENT: GPS ‘drifters’ follow the paths of plastic waste from a German river toward Lofoten, north of the Arctic Circle.

    Countless fish heads are drying out on racks. A figure of a lone man with his back turned toward the viewer is silhouetted against the sky. It is a scenic landscape, some 68°13’ north of the Polar Circle. And it is graced with a washed ashore plastic grocery bag, an unsettling sight spotted at the remote reaches of our planet.

    «Let’s check today’s catch», we hear an Inuit Kris Jensen say to his friend Steffen Krones as they drag a sizeable white bag. Inside is an assortment of plastic litter – a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) chemical container, styrofoam, and even a worn-out Ralph Lauren cap crown. Steffen, a Dresden native, retrieves another found object, a commonplace item in any German supermarket or household – a bottle of Bavarian . . .

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    Sevara Pan
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