30 May '18, 4pm

Can we really put an end to plastic waste?

Can we really put an end to plastic waste?

The statistics are jarring. Eight million tons of plastic waste enters the ocean each year. Seventy percent of trash in the sea is plastic. It has reached every part of the marine environment, from the ocean’s surface to the very bottom of the world’s deepest trench. Unfortunately, the tide shows no sign of turning. The amount of plastic in the world’s oceans is expected to triple in a decade. No less shocking is what these statistics mean for marine life. A recent study showed that roughly 90 percent of seabirds ingest plastic. Heart-wrenchingly, many adult birds actually regurgitate the debris , meaning they pass it along to their chicks when feeding them. “I will readily admit to being reduced to tears more than once watching […] the majestic Wandering Albatross chick killed by a plastic toothpick,” Stephanie Winnard, BirdLife International’s Marine Project Manager, wro...

Full article: http://www.birdlife.org/worldwide/news/single-use-plastic

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