12 Jun '17, 5pm

9 Shocking Facts About Plastics in Our Oceans

9 Shocking Facts About Plastics in Our Oceans

The oceans are massive, pulsing, vibrant bodies of water that serve humanity in countless ways—from providing food to enabling commerce to simply being beautiful. But these powerful expanses of sea are not invincible. Each year, human activity erodes marine life in some way. Overfishing is driving many fish populations to the brink of extinction, carbon emissions are acidifying the waters , making it hard for small sea animals to reproduce, rising global temperatures are cooking coral reefs alive. And plastic —the ubiquitous material that comes in so many forms—is terrorizing everything that depends on these waters. Here are nine shocking facts about how much plastic is in the oceans: 1. Every half second, this much plastic makes it into the world's oceans: Taken at the UN's Clean Seas Exhibit in New York 2. At least 8 million tons of plastic enter the oceans each year. Th...

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