Scientists comb Japanese waters to study microplastics
31 October 2021 | 3:49 pm
A boat crew casts a net into the seemingly clean waters off Japan's Izu peninsula, but not to catch fish -- they are scooping up microplastics to learn more about the pollution's impact on marine life.
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