29 Oct '13, 5pm

Microscopic Plastic Soup: The State of Our Oceans - Campaigning - The Ecologist

Microscopic Plastic Soup: The State of Our Oceans - Campaigning - The Ecologist

The flipside of the ever-escalating production rates is that plastic pollution in the world's oceans is now ubiquitous. The EU estimates that there are 100,000 tonnes of plastic in our oceans, while a recent study on plastic accumulation in the North Atlantic and Caribbean found the highest concentration of plastic debris to exceed 200,000 pieces per square kilometre. In some cases, this concentration is higher than that of plankton - the most basic form of marine life, which underpins the stability of the oceans and atmospheric climate regulation as a whole.

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/campaigning/2138205/microplas...

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