A new report from Greenpeace has worrying news for the Antarctic wilderness. Scientists have found microplastics and persistent hazardous chemicals in snow and water samples from remote areas of the continent. Greenpeace and the EU are calling for steps such as the creation of a vast marine protection area in the Southern Ocean to help conserve its abundant but fragile ecosystems. The report’s findings are also a reminder that tackling plastic waste and pollution is a global challenge.

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