10 Nov '11, 10am

Plastics in the ocean more damaging then climate change?

The United Nations estimates that each one of us uses nearly 140 kilograms of plastic each year. At least 6.4 million metric tons of that plastic has ended up in the oceans. We have evidence that about 100,000 marine mammals die every year being tangled in plastic” Environmental activist Captain Charles Moore Environmental activist Captain Charles Moore has found that in some areas, plastic outweighs zooplankton - the ocean's food base - and is entering the food chain. Our reporter talked to Capt. Moore about his efforts to document ocean pollution. Once upon a time, the oceans of our planet were beautifully clean. Not any more. Captain Charles Moore calls this 'the age of plastic.' “Between 250 and 300 million tons of plastic are produced every year," said Capt. Moore. "To get that into terms you can understand, every two years we make enough plastic to be the equivalent ...

Full article: http://www.projectaware.org/update/plastics-oceans-more-d...

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