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Science Matters: We have to stop filling and killing the oceans with plastic

Science Matters: We have to stop filling and killing the oceans with plastic

A study published by Jambeck and colleagues in the journal Science on February 12 examined how 192 coastal countries disposed of plastic waste in 2010. The report , "Plastic waste inputs from land into the ocean", estimates that of 275 million tonnes of plastic generated, about eight million (based on a midpoint estimate of 4.8 million to 12.7 million tonnes) ends up in the seas — blown from garbage dumps into rivers and estuaries, discarded on beaches or along coastlines and carried to the oceans. China tops the list of 20 countries responsible for 83 per cent of "mismanaged plastic" in the oceans, sending between 1.32 and 3.53 million tonnes into the seas. The U.S., which has better waste-management systems, is number 20 on the list, responsible for 0.04 to 0.11 tonnes . Some countries in the top 20 don't even have formal waste-management systems. The fear is that, as hu...

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