Plastic Cesspool: Our Ocean System?


 

 

 

 

 

This in from the Smithsonian:

Plastic is the most pervasive pollutant in the ocean today. But researchers have struggled to estimate just how much of the 6 billion tons of plastic that has been manufactured since the mid-20th century ultimately winds up in the ocean.

Based on the calculations, at least 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic—weighing nearly 269,000 tons—are currently bobbing around in the ocean. A team of researchers from six countries reported the finding today in PLOS ONE.

Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ocean-contains-over-five-trillion-pieces-plastic-weighing-more-250000-tons-180953576/#Lmbi5sW8cfPfPUPB.99

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