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PLYMOUTH - New research into the extent of microplastic pollution in the oceans suggests there could be at least double the number of tiny plastic particles as previously thought.

Scientists using nets with a finer mesh size than normally used to filter microplastics made the discovery when trawling waters off the coasts of Britain and the US.

The addition of these smaller particles to global estimates of surface microplastics increases the range from previous estimates of between five and 50 trillion particles to up to 125 trillion particles, the scientists say.

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