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Report: More Microplastic Particles in Oceans than Stars in Our Galaxy

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Mar 27, 2017 1:03:19 PM

If 51 trillion particles sounds like an astronomical level of pollution, you can see why the Alberton Record penned this latest report:The United Nations (UN) recently declared war on ocean plastic.

"UN Environment launched a global campaign to eliminate major sources of marine litter – microbeads in cosmetics and the excessive, wasteful usage of single-use plastic – by the year 2022.

Launched at the Economist World Ocean Summit in Bali, the Clean Seas campaign is:

  • Urging governments to pass plastic reduction policies;
  • targeting industry to minimise plastic packaging and to redesign products;
  • and calling on consumers to change their throwaway habiMost of the litter in the sea is plastic.

Each year, more than 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in the oceans, wreaking havoc on marine wildlife, fisheries and tourism, and costing billions in damage to marine ecosystems. Up to 80 percent of all litter in our oceans is made of plastic.

At the rate we are dumping items such as plastic bottles, bags and cups after a single use, by 2050 oceans will carry more plastic than fish and an estimated 99 percent of seabirds will have ingested plastic."

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