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News: Plastics in the Arctic

5 things to know about Arctic seabirds and plastics

Seabirds play an important role in marine ecosystems and are culturally important for Arctic Indigenous Peoples. However, some Arctic seabird species are in decline due t...
10 Dec 2023

Northernmost “Plastic in a Bottle” launched to gain insight on Arctic plastic pollution

Launched at 84 degrees north, the capsule will enable the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment to track how plastics travel in and out of Arctic waters
14 Nov 2023

“Plastic in a Bottle” afloat again

In September 2019, the Arctic Council’s Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) Working Group launched its first “Plastic in a Bottle”, a capsule equipped with...
23 Jun 2021

Tackling waste pollution in the Arctic with community empowerment

How the Saami Council engaged with communities to remove waste and reclaim land
10 May 2021

Highlights from the International Symposium on Plastics in the Arctic

Videos from the Symposium are available here.
31 Mar 2021

Sneak peek on the Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter with Elizabeth McLanahan

The Icelandic Chairmanship put a focus on marine litter in the Arctic. One of the most anticipated outcomes is the Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter in the Arctic, wh...
30 Mar 2021

A toolbox for comprehensive plastics monitoring

AMAP’s Expert Group on Litter and Microplastics is developing the first monitoring plan that is looking for plastics in the entire ecosystem
20 Nov 2020

Arctic Council advances its marine stewardship role

Starting on Tuesday, 29 September, policy makers, Indigenous peoples and marine experts from the Arctic States and the Arctic Council’s Observers will gather online for a...
24 Sep 2020

“There is very little information about the impacts of plastics on shorebirds”

Interview with Dr Scott Flemming, 2020-2021 CAFF-IASC Fellow with the Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative
28 May 2020

On track with the regional plastic action plan for the Arctic

In October 2019, the Belfer Center’s Arctic Initiative and the Wilson Center’s Polar Institute co-hosted a workshop on Policy and Action on Plastic in the Arctic Ocean wi...
22 Apr 2020

From Iceland to Scotland in 207 days

A capsule containing a GPS transmitter travelled several thousand kilometres from Iceland to Scotland –highlighting how marine litter can travel.
20 Apr 2020

PAME releases first ‘plastic in a bottle’

The Arctic Council’s Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) Working Group launched the first bottle equipped with a GPS transmitter into the Atlantic on 12 Se...
13 Sep 2019

Interview with Magnús Jóhannesson, the Special Coordinator on Plastics

Magnús Jóhannesson is the Council’s designated special coordinator on plastics, marine litter. In this interview, the former Director of the Arctic Council Secretariat sp...
31 Jul 2019