Start picking up the trash:
by Adam Minter, Bloomberg
Since January 1st, when China stopped accepting the rich world’s recyclable plastic waste, it’s gotten a ton of criticism for worsening the already deep crisis of ocean plastic pollution. But China isn’t the only culprit here. This is a crisis made — and growing worse — throughout developing Asia.
Just eight countries in the region are responsible for about 63 percent of total plastic waste flowing in…
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Choking in plastic, findings reveal:
Determining the prevalence of plastic along the course was an aspect of the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race, with the findings providing a baseline for the amount of the debris, and in what regions it is most prevalent. As anticipated, the oceans are choking in plastic.
Out of a total of 68 samples taken during the course of the race, only two, collected south of Australia and east of Argentina, have been found to contain no microplastics.
Microplastics are often invisible to the naked eye and can take thousands of years to degrade. By collecting information on their levels, the program is helping scientists gain insight into the scale of plastic pollution and its impact upon marin…
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