13 Feb '15, 5pm

Fighting the plastic plague in our oceans @the_ecologist

Fighting the plastic plague in our oceans @the_ecologist

Pesticides and organic pollutants are consistently found on plastic wastes at harmful concentrations 100 times higher than in sediments, and 1 million times higher than in sea water. Over five trillion pieces of waste plastic are floating in our oceans, weighing 268,940 tonnes and causing damage throughout the marine food chain, according to data collected by a team of scientists from the United States, France, Chile, Australia and New Zealand. The team went on 24 expeditions between 2007 and 2013 that surveyed all five sub-tropical gyres: North Pacific, North Atlantic, South Pacific, South Atlantic and Indian Ocean, and extensive coastal regions and enclosed seas including the Bay of Bengal, Australian coasts and the Mediterranean Sea. Their work included both surface net tows and visual transects for large plastic debris at 1,571 locations in all oceans. This is the most...

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