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The Ocean May Soon Contain More Plastic Than Fish

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  • An estimated 275 million metric tons of plastic waste were generated in 192 coastal countries, with anywhere from 5 million to nearly 13 million metric tons of it entering the ocean
  • Unless waste management practices are improved, the amount of plastic entering oceans by 2025 may double
  • Currents channel plastic debris to even remote areas of the world, including the distant Arctic Sea and Southern Ocean

By Dr. Mercola

Staggering amounts of plastic waste, from water bottles and plastic bags to tiny microbeads and microfibers, are entering waterways worldwide. In 2015, researchers calculated that 275 million metric tons of plastic waste were generated in 192 coastal countries, with anywhere from 5 million to nearly 13 million metric tons of it entering the ocean.


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